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NorthWest Arkansas Community College

NorthWest Arkansas Community College

Bentonville, AR, USA
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2024

NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) provides quality and affordable higher education to empower lives and strengthen communities within Northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas.

As the largest community college in Arkansas, NWACC is recognized as a leader in education. NWACC offers a full range of associate degrees, certificates and workforce training programs that prepare students for rewarding futures and careers.

NWACC employees are dedicated to fostering a diverse educational community and cultural learning environment that supports student success.

When an individual accepts a teaching appointment at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, he or she also accepts responsibilities and obligations as a professional educator. Under the supervision of the Division Dean or Department chair, faculty have as their chief duty, the instruction of assigned classes. This duty takes precedence over all others. In addition to their teaching responsibilities, faculty should assume responsibility for professional development, service to the college, and other duties as assigned by their supervisors. They are also obligated to abide by and support college policies as set forth in the College Catalog, Faculty Handbook, Employment Memorandum, and Administrative Procedures Manual. Faculty must be committed to the learning college philosophy as well as the goals and objectives of Northwest Arkansas Community College.

Meeting the essential duties and responsibilities of this position is expected to require at least 40 hours a week on average, including work on and off campus, during the contract period. Much of faculty work occurs at designated times each week (such as classes, office hours, meetings, etc.). However, the very nature of the workload of a professional educator at the college level means that the hours a faculty member fulfills his or her non-scheduled responsibilities are based on each individual's judgment.
Since the college offers learning opportunities around the clock, seven days a week, and because much of faculty work can be accomplished off campus, an 8 to 5, Monday through Friday schedule is impractical. A typical faculty work schedule varies from semester to semester (scheduled responsibilities) and week to week (non-scheduled responsibilities) to best accommodate student learning, professional development,
and service to the college.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following list of duties applies to a typical NWACC faculty member. Please note that some faculty positions include a combination of teaching and administrative or service duties, as noted below.

Instruction

  • Facilitate student learning, provide effective instruction, and perform evaluations of student learning for all assigned classes, using each course's standard course outline as a guide. The basic instructional assignment is thirty (30) load hours per academic year for 9-month faculty. However, 30 hours is not applicable to each program or to 9.5, 10, or 12-month faculty. Furthermore, a number of faculty positions include a combination of teaching and administrative or service duties. On occasion faculty may receive a reduced instructional load to complete other duties related to the function of the college. Each semester's instructional load will be assigned by the faculty member's supervisor, which will be determined by the nature of the position, the needs of the department, and workload guidelines established by college policy.

  • Develop course curriculum, course handouts, lectures, labs, and presentations.

  • Participate in program level learning assessment. Participation includes helping articulate learning outcomes, choosing and administering measures, evaluating student performance, and suggesting changes to improve student learning.

  • Work with other faculty and administrators in developing program curriculum, standards, and policies, including reviewing and participating in textbook selection process where appropriate.

  • Schedule, supervise, debrief, and evaluate students in clinical, internship, observation, field experience, and similar settings as appropriate for the course or program.

  • Be available to students via email, phone, or personal conferences. The method of contact and hours of availability should be clearly communicated to supervisors and to students through the course syllabus each semester.

  • Assign grades and maintain course/student records in accordance with FERPA regulations and submit grades and records by established deadlines.

  • Meet all classes and other scheduled responsibilities such as office hours and meetings at the designated times. A faculty member should inform the supervisor if he or she is unable to meet a class on time. (See college policy on class cancellation and sick leave.)

  • Keep a flexible weekly schedule that best facilitates student learning and access. Any changes in the scheduled class times or locations should have prior approval by the faculty's supervisor.

  • Examples of the various ways faculty keep flexible schedules to accommodate student learning from week to week could include:

  • Late night or early morning preparation of lab materials or activities.

  • Organizing, rehearsing, and hosting musical or dramatic performances or other events.

  • Arranging and conducting on-site clinical or internship experiences.

  • Planning and supervising field trips.

  • Keeping weekend and/or late night online office hours or online discussions.

  • Conducting special review sessions outside of scheduled class times.

  • Accommodating student make-up work.

  • Spending extended periods grading exams or assignments to allow prompt feedback to students.

Professional Development

  • Participate in summative and formative faculty evaluation process.

  • Remain current in academic or program discipline, including maintaining licensure, certification, or continuing education requirements where appropriate.

  • Receive training or stay current in technological or pedagogical advances that promote student learning.

  • Participate in college professional development activities.

Service to the College

  • Help students identify and achieve their educational goals through participating in the college's advising process, as well as providing incidental academic advice to students in classes.

  • Post and keep on campus hours to facilitate interaction with students, other faculty, staff, administrators, and the public.

  • Serve on standing ad hoc committees, advisory boards, hiring committees, faculty senate, or as a student organization advisor.

  • Attend local, regional, state, or national meetings where required or necessary for the discipline.

  • Mentor and assist in orienting new faculty, either formally or informally where appropriate or required by department or division.

  • Attend commencement or other ceremonies appropriate to the faculty member's discipline or program.

  • Attend departmental, divisional, and college-wide meetings where appropriate or as required by supervisor.

  • Perform other academically-related duties as assigned by instructor's supervisor.

In addition to the aforementioned descriptions, requirements for full-time nursing faculty include

  • Holding a current, unencumbered registered nurse license to practice in Arkansas.

  • Having previous experience in clinical nursing.

  • Masters degree in Nursing (MSN) as required by Accrediting Body.

  • Two years clinical experience.

  • Clinical teaching experience.

  • Classroom teaching experience (at least one year preferred).

  • Strong communication, organization, interpersonal, problem-solving, and counseling skills.

  • Knowledge of legislative, regulatory, legal, and practice issues affecting clinical education, students, and the profession.

  • Current knowledge of contemporary practice.

  • Computer skills to include Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook ©, Blackboard or similar Distance Learning Platform.

  • Meets Program full-time faculty requirements

  • Clear criminal background

  • Clear 10 panel urine drug screen

  • Current TB/CPR documentation

  • Current Immunizations

Rate of pay: faculty scale (determined by education and years of experience)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong communication, organization, interpersonal, problem-solving, and counseling skills.

  • Knowledge of legislative, regulatory, legal, and practice issues affecting clinical education, students, and the profession.

  • Current knowledge of contemporary practice.

  • Computer skills to include Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook ©, Blackboard or similar Distance Learning Platform.

  • Ability to collaborate, direct, and manage with others

  • Ability to manage information

  • Ability to influence people

  • Ability to speak and write English

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements and competencies listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Frequently:

  • Move within confined spaces

  • Reach above shoulders/overhead

  • Reach below waist

  • Reach in front

  • Grasp small items with hands

  • Write

  • Use computer

Constantly:

  • Walk long distances, up to 90% of the day

  • Stand for long periods of time, up to 50% of the day

  • Sustain repetitive movement such as CPR, bagging a patient as needed

  • Maintain physical tolerance (stand/walk/work on your feet 8 – 12 hours at a time with only 30 minute lunch break and two 15 minute breaks)

  • Making hourly clinical rounds

The employee will frequently lift, support, push and/or pull up to 50 pounds. The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Nursing (MSN) as required by Accrediting Body.
  • Minimum of two years previous clinical experience in nursing.
  • Minimum of one year of classroom teaching experience.
  • Holds a current, unencumbered registered nurse license to practice in Arkansas.
  • Clear criminal background
  • Clear 10 panel urine drug screen
  • Current TB/CPR documentation
  • Current Immunizations

NWACC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, please see our EEO policy.