Faculty – Master of Science in Nursing at Capella University

Remote | Part-time
Capella University

Part-Time Faculty in Master of Science in Nursing (FlexPath)

  • Offsite

Part-time faculty provide a variety of educational services to degree and certificate learners. Faculty are responsible for meeting the expectations and requirements of the Capella learner while establishing and maintaining effective relationships. Faculty ensure that learners receive quality educational experiences consistent with stated course outcomes as well as HLC and any program accreditation standards. They provide high-quality, impactful, and successful experiences that deliver exceptional learning outcomes. Capella values the capabilities and talents of its faculty and expects continued learning and development through participation in outside scholarly activities or practice in the discipline

NOTE: Applications must include copies of unofficial transcripts and licenses to receive full consideration.

Primary responsibilities of our faculty include:

  • Teaching (online), demonstrating knowledge of adult learning theory and practices, to include learning contracts, collaborative learning, and active learning strategies in a positive, learner-focused environment
  • Building an online community conducive to the spirit of learning and continuous improvement
  • Assessing learning through feedback, coaching, and interpersonal skills
  • Making a positive impact on learner retention and persistence
  • Contributing to curriculum and course development.

FlexPath Courses (competency-based model): FlexPath is a self-paced, competency-based learning format. The course work is designed around specific knowledge and skills (competencies) expected of the degree and required for workplace success. Learners complete this work on their own schedule, at their own pace.

After learners complete a series of competency assessments based on specific skills required for workplace success, the faculty provides an evaluation based on specific criteria along with substantive feedback on the demonstration of the competencies represented in each assignment within 48 hours.

Essential Duties:

  • Each faculty member will have a workload that varies based upon his/her expertise and the needs of the graduate nursing programs. Following are the accountabilities expected for faculty in the primary areas of responsibility:
  • Course Participation: Provides expertise in subject matter; facilitates course discussions ensuring active participation among learners creating entries at least 3-6 times per week; responds to learner inquiries within 24-48 hours; assesses learner assignments and engagement; provides appropriate feedback, coaching and reinforcement of effective critical thinking; reports at risk learners to appropriate school staff; encourages learner participation in course-end evaluation forms; provide innovative input designed to make teaching practices more effective; adheres to quality standards and defines quality at course level in line with departmental and university norms.
  • Curriculum Development: Participates in the design and development of courses and course materials including course plans, objectives, outcomes, teaching aids, activities and evaluation tools. Ensures sensitivity to race, gender and disability in curriculum design, course content and study materials
  • School Governance and Faculty Committees: Actively participates in appropriate school and university committees and councils
  • Virtual attendance at faculty meetings, Capella-sponsored faculty development offerings, and other events is required.
  • Infrequent travel to attend commencement and other major events may be requested, but not required.


Education and Licensure:

  • Doctorate from a regionally accredited institution is required. Doctorate preferred in nursing (PhD or DNP) but can be in a closely related field.
  • Candidate must have an earned MSN degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Candidates from the discipline of nursing must hold an active, unencumbered RN license in at least one U.S. jurisdiction.


  • Prefer 2 or more years teaching at the doctoral level; online higher education teaching experience desired.
  • Experience in design, development and improvement of curriculum and assessments in online environment.
  • Experience that demonstrates an understanding of the specific needs of the non-traditional adult learner.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to meeting the expectations and requirements of a diversity of learners
  • Relevant practice experience in the field of nursing.


  • Must be able to travel 0-10% of time.
  • Must be able to lift 20 lbs.
  • Typical office setting.
  • Mobility within the office including movement from floor to floor.
  • Travel via plane, car, and metro may be required to perform this job.
  • Must be able to work more than 40 hours per week when business needs warrant
  • Access information using a computer.
  • Effectively communicate, both up and down the management chain.
  • Effectively cope with stressful situations
  • Strong mental acuity
  • Regular, dependable attendance and punctuality are essential functions of this job.
  • Other essential functions and marginal job functions are subject to modification

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