Assistant Professor Nursing, Tenure Track (3 positions available) - External

Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Rapids

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Assistant Professor Nursing, Tenure Track (3 positions available) - External

Date: March 30, 2023

Position Title: Assistant Professor Nursing, Tenure Track (3 positions available)

Department: Nursing

Job ID: 1489

Work Hours/Schedule: 30 Contact Hours/ Year

(Contact Hours will be distributed over 3 semesters: Fall, Winter and Summer Semesters in accordance with department needs.)

Compensation: Consistent with Faculty Association contract (Page #109)

Start Date: Fall 2023

Reports to: Associate Dean, School of Health Science

Posting Close Date: Open Until Filled


GRCC is seeking faculty who possess an interest in working with diverse student populations from a wide range of ages, ethnicities, national origins, and abilities; engage in and develop innovative teaching strategies; effectively assess student learning outcomes; demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development; and provide service to our students, the college, and our community at large.

Faculty members are responsible to GRCC and to each other for the successful completion of departmental work as well as work associated with the School of Health Sciences and GRCC as a whole. In addition to the major position responsibilities, it is expected that faculty demonstrate outstanding communication skills, collaborate effectively, use personal initiative to overcome obstacles, and work efficiently to meet deadlines. In an environment where innovation is valued, each faculty member will take responsibility to perform their work in a manner consistent with both the letter and the spirit of GRCC values.

Essential Job Functions
  • Teach Practical and Associate Degree nursing courses, including both didactic and clinical/lab instruction.
  • Teach courses that emphasize a variety of patient populations, and a range of nursing care.
  • Maintain current standards of clinical practice and effectively prepare and orient to assigned to clinical settings.
  • Work with colleagues to ensure consistent, evidence-based standards and instructional practices within each course.
  • Lead, advise, and support adjunct faculty to ensure consistent standards and instructional practices within each course.
  • Effectively assess, document, and advise students regarding their academic and clinical performance.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the department and GRCC through active participation on departmental and college-wide committees and projects.
  • Incorporate technologies and instructional methods for enhanced teaching and learning to diverse groups of students.
  • Engage in on-going professional development to maintain expertise in the field and communicate outcomes with faculty and administration.
  • Maintain professional licensure.
  • Advise students on curriculum, academic programs, and employment/career goals.
  • Participate in departmental student academic advising plans.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of students from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of abilities.
  • Contribute to the growth and development of the Program and the College by participating in academic program review; curriculum development, evaluation and revision; committee membership; department and advisory committee meetings.
  • Analyze program, course, and student outcome data.
  • Communicate clearly with students, staff, faculty, and administration.
  • Assist the Nursing Program Director in the preparation of reports and other required documents.
  • Contribute to program accreditation processes and reports as determined by the Nursing Program Director.
  • Assist in marketing and promoting of departmental and college programs and events.
  • Promote the department by creating partnerships with state and local communities, health care facilities, and schools.
  • Adhere to college processes, policies, and contractual obligations.
  • Support the College's Strategic Plan through departmental and college action projects as appropriate.
  • Support the department and the college through other work normally expected of GRCC faculty members.
  • Teaching assignments vary and may encompass pediatrics to older adult population in acute, psychiatric, community, subacute, and long-term care settings.


  • Master's Degree in Nursing required.
  • Current, unencumbered Michigan RN license or eligibility.

Work Experience
  • Minimum of 2 years direct clinical nursing experience required.
  • Recent experience in nursing practice or nursing education.
  • Experience in nursing education, curriculum design, and/or utilization of education technology is highly preferred.
  • Community College teaching experience or experience teaching adult learners, preferred.

Equipment Use/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities
  • Ability to effectively use and evaluate data.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Must possess excellent communication skills necessary to relate to others verbally and/or in writing.
  • Ability to interact professionally and effectively with a variety of people in various academic and healthcare settings.
  • Demonstrate initiative and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to perform routine duties with minimum supervision.
  • Proven ability to provide excellent customer service to students and staff in an academic setting.
  • High energy level with enthusiasm and interest in helping and supporting students, staff, and colleagues.
  • Ability to develop and deliver effective presentations.
  • Adhere to the code of ethics, safety regulations, maintain confidentiality, and use sound judgment in regards to safety of self and others.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, including engaging in a team-teaching approach.

Physical Demands
  • Physical Strength - transferring patients to or from wheelchairs, floors, mats, toilets, cars, beds, bathtubs, and showers. Other transfers may be required, including lifting up to 30 pounds.
  • Mobility - stand, lift, reach, bend, stretch, provide support and stability. Sufficient independent mobility within the architectural environment is necessary, including the ability to maneuver in restricted spaces. Move quickly in an emergency.
  • Hearing - hear faint sounds from a distance of 4 feet—approximately the distance between a patient seated in a wheelchair and a person in a standing position next to the wheelchair. Hear sounds such as those emitted by patient monitors, and vital assessments, and using a stethoscope.
  • Visual Discrimination - Sufficient vision to differentiate movements, read markings on instruments, and measuring devices, and read newspaper small print.
  • Coordination - Sufficient motor skills, eye-hand coordination skills, manipulative skills, and sensory function in one upper extremity may be needed to assist and demonstrate nursing interventions. Many other therapeutic activities require dexterity, manipulation, strength, and body flexibility to perform.
  • Manual Dexterity - Sufficient fine motor skills to manipulative objects and people safely.

Mental Demands
  • Ability to work under pressure while possessing mature judgment and flexibility in regards to interruptions and schedule changes.
  • Ability to handle sensitive or difficult situations in a professional, confidential manner.
  • Ability to cope effectively with the demands associated with working with students in fast-paced healthcare settings and within the organization.
  • Must be punctual and dependable.
  • An understanding of and appreciation for the community college philosophy and student population.
  • An interest in working with diverse student populations, who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin, and ability.

Working Conditions
  • Grand Rapids Community College is required to comply with the OSHA emergency temporary standard (ETS). Employees will either have to be vaccinated or be granted a religious or medical exemption.
  • Must be able to travel to off campus clinical settings
  • Must be able to work in a classroom and laboratory in an academic setting well as external clinical sites.
  • Ability to work in a high traffic, in-door environments.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours.


Grand Rapids Community College provides an excellent benefits experience for our GRCC family. Our benefit package is designed to enhance employees' health and well-being. Part-time employees have different benefits outlined in the specific collective bargaining agreements and handbooks. Below is an overview of these benefits, additional details are available on the
  • Must be able to travel to off campus clinical settings
  • Must be able to work in a classroom and laboratory in an academic setting well as external clinical sites.
  • Ability to work in a high traffic, in-door environments.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours.


    Grand Rapids Community College provides an excellent benefits experience for our GRCC family. Our benefit package is designed to enhance employees' health and well-being. Part-time employees have different benefits outlined in the specific collective bargaining agreements and handbooks. Below is an overview of these benefits, additional details are available on the Human Resources/Benefits website:
    • Six health insurance plan options (includes a high deductible plan with a health savings account option).
    • A unique dental & vision reimbursement program (includes coverage for adult orthodontia & lasik eye surgery).
    • Employer sponsored retirement plans as well as voluntary retirement savings plans (403b or 457 plans).
    • Tuition benefits at GRCC for you, your spouse and your dependents.
    • Tuition reimbursement at other higher education institutions for you.
    • Generous time off that includes sick, vacation and personal leave banks.
    • Paid holidays and holiday shutdown period in late December!


    Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position at In one document submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript(s), and three professional reference letters for full consideration. The opportunity to apply is open until filled. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.

    Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.

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    Grand Rapids Junior College (GRJC) was founded in 1914 by the Grand Rapids Board of Education after a resolution was passed by the University of Michigan’s faculty which encouraged the establishment of junior colleges in Michigan.

    Today, GRCC’s eight-block downtown campus, encompassing more than 25 acres in downtown Grand Rapids, includes several classroom buildings, a learning center (including the Diversity Learning Center) and library, Spectrum Theater, the Applied Technology Center (which features a green roof), a remodeled music building, a fieldhouse with natatorium, a student center, Bostwick Commons, and the Calkins Science Center.

    The college also offers instruction from a variety of regional centers in the metropolitan Grand Rapids area (including numerous local high schools, regional centers and its two Learning Corners on Wealthy St. and Seward Ave.) and on the West Michigan lakeshore (including West Ottawa High School, Careerline Tech Center, the Midtown Holland Center and Grand Valley State University's Meijer Campus in Holland).

    In addition, GRCC has two Michigan Technical Education Centers (M-TECs in West Michigan. The Patrick Thompson M-TEC, part of GRCC's Lakeshore Campus, located in Holland, opened in Fall 2000 in partnership with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. The Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC ® in Grand Rapids opened in 2002. This world-class facility offers training in manufacturing, auto service, and building and construction trades.

    To increase capacity to meet unprecedented demand, GRCC acquired the former campus of Davenport University on Fulton St. in downtown Grand Rapids and began offering courses at Sneden Hall beginning in the Fall 2009 semester.

    In Winter 2010, more than 17,000 students enrolled in more than 1,900 liberal arts and occupational courses. The diverse student body represents students from Kent and surrounding counties as well as students from across the U.S. and 22 other nations. Another 10,000 learners are served by non-credit instructional opportunities. In addition to traditional classroom environments, students may also receive instruction through community and distant service-learning offerings, seminars, workshops, training classes, distance learning options and other educational formats. GRCC employs a faculty of more than 260 full-time and 590 part-time members as well as a staff of 430, all of whom are focused on the College’s priorities to be student-centered, collaborative, and flexible. Throughout its 90-year history of academic excellence, GRCC has maintained a solid reputation as a premier transfer institution and is nationally recognized for both its liberal arts and occupational programs. Many GRCC faculty members have been recognized regionally and nationally for their expertise and innovative teaching styles.

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