Director, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track, Advanced Practice Program

Position number: 330520/20-255
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Duquesne University School of Nursing (SON) is a widely recognized pioneer in nursing education, having created Pennsylvania's first BSN program in 1937 and the nation's first online nursing PhD program in 1997. Duquesne University School of Nursing is recognized by the National League for Nursing as a Center of Excellence, and our graduate program has been ranked nationally by US News & World Report. Our nursing faculty is dedicated to creating an educational environment grounded in the practice of ethical, holistic, and culturally competent and congruent care for vulnerable populations. To learn more about Duquesne University and the School of Nursing, please visit:

The Director, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track, Advanced Practice Program, is responsible for oversight of the MSN and PMC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner tracks and for ensuring the quality and effectiveness of the interrelated academic and clinical portions of the educational program. Starting in August 2022, this is a 9-month, non-tenure clinical track, assistant professor position with a summer stipend (this position is eligible for promotion within the University system). The Director will also provide leadership in curriculum development and redesign, address and manage student and faculty academic and clinical issues, provide mentoring and development for faculty, and participate as a role model in the academic and scholarly missions of the SON and University.

Principal Responsibilities and Duties:

Ensure quality of the academic and clinical dimensions of nursing education in the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track.

  • Monitor courses for quality, consistency, appropriate content, pedagogy, and innovation, and address problems with a strategic development plan that is consistent with the SON teaching mission and vision.
  • Evaluate the quality of classroom, clinical, and online teaching and address emergent issues.
  • Monitor the quality of clinical placements and clinical instruction in collaboration with the respective clinical education faculty and directors in collaboration with the Clinical Coordinator, and make adjustments as needed.
  • Provide leadership in curriculum evaluation and curriculum redesign to ensure conformance with CCNE, certification, specialty organization, and State Board of Nursing standards and regulations for Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner Programs.
  • Participate in assignment of faculty to courses and other activities based on assessment of skills and expertise.
  • Respond to students' academic concerns

Manage the education of students in the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track.

  • Provide guidance to faculty in solving emergent problems
  • Manage student issues and problems, including follow-up, student meetings, documentation, referrals, and appropriate disposition.

Assess the effectiveness of the educational experience in meeting program outcomes, university standards, and accreditation requirements.

  • Analyze student retention and course/teaching evaluation data and develop processes to address current and future concerns.
  • Utilize program outcome metrics including end of program assessments, standardized testing, licensure and certification results, exit, alumni, and employer feedback in refining and improving the curriculum in collaboration with the Chair of Advanced Practice Programs.

Support effective functioning of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track and Advanced Practice Programs.

  • Identify and address problems that interfere with effective student service and share with the Assistant Dean for Student Services

Contribute to the teaching mission of the Advanced Practice Programs and SON as a faculty role model for teaching effectiveness.

  • Teach courses as assigned.

Contribute to the scholarly mission of the Advanced Practice Programs and SON as a faculty role model in publication and presentation.

  • Conduct scholarship in the area of expertise

Effectively communicate with colleagues, faculty and staff.

  • Communicate essential information to faculty and staff
  • Develop and disseminate policies and processes
  • Represent the Advanced Practice Programs and SON at events and professional conferences
  • Role model highly professional behaviors, including effective written and oral communication.
  • Maintain confidentiality as appropriate

Use organizational skills to manage the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track.

  • Conducts faculty and other meetings as appropriate
  • Collaborates with other Advanced Practice Programs.
  • Addresses unexpected situations productively using problem solving and strategic management skills

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Nursing or related field (DNP or PhD)
  • Board certified by ANCC as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Masters of Science in Nursing required if doctoral degree is in a field other than nursing
  • Expertise in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
  • Valid/Unencumbered Pennsylvania Nursing License (candidates applying without a PA license, if hired, would need to secure a license prior to beginning teaching assignment)
  • Valid/Unencumbered CRNP license within the specialty

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Successful teaching experience at the university or college level, including online instruction

Alternately, the successful candidate may possess any equivalent combination of experience and training, which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential job functions. This includes commitment to the University's values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and recognition of the importance of treating each individual with dignity and respect consistent with the University's Mission. Additionally, applicants must have demonstrated experience with, and understanding of, the broad diversity of the University community (students, faculty, staff and others).

To Apply:

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by April 15, 2022 will receive first consideration. Duquesne University uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Please submit a cover letter that describes your interest in the position, a curriculum vitae, a personal philosophy of teaching, and contact information for three confidential references via Interfolio.

As a condition of employment, Duquesne University requires all new employees -full-time and part-time, including adjunct faculty-to get a COVID-19 vaccine and provide proof of their vaccination upon commencement of employment.

New employees requesting a religious or documented medical exemption from the vaccine must complete and submit a Duquesne University exemption request form for review and approval. To receive the appropriate exemption request form, contact Employees with approved exemptions will be required to be tested on a regular basis.

Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (

We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.