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Simmons University
  • Position Number: 1208601
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Position Type: Health

Adjunct Faculty in the Role of Section Instructor Advanced Pharmacology


Advanced Pharmacology

Advanced Pharmacology is a core requirement for completion of the Simmons College Family Nurse Practitioner Program, taught from the perspective of the prescriber. The course also meets the requirements for basic pharmacology preparation required to sit for national Nurse Practitioner certifying examinations by ANCC or AANP. While emphasizing the pharmacological knowledge required by advanced practice nurses to safely treat patients with common physical and mental illnesses, the course facilitates student awareness of clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in the management of common disease processes occurring throughout the life span. Students analyze and discuss current research findings related to pharmacologic therapies. Students are guided in the learning experience by faculty prepared in pharmacology and experienced in the role of applying the science of clinical pharmacology as family nurse practitioners. This course is designed to meet the needs of the nurse practitioner prescriber in the primary care setting. It builds on acquired knowledge from nursing, pharmacology, and pathophysiology. The course will focus on clinical decision-making in prescribing pharmacologic interventions for health problems experienced by patients across the life span.

Job Summary
Section Instructors use their experience and knowledge to help the students meet the master course objectives. Section Instructors have the option to incorporate supplementary materials in their sections such as free online web sources and within weekly announcements. Web based materials and resources can often add richness to a section and are free for the student.
It is expected that a Section Instructor will spend approximately 12 - 14 hours a week as follows:
  • 2.5 hours teaching
  • 1 to 1.5 hours hosting office hours
  • 2 to 3 hour prepping for teaching
  • 1 hour per week meeting with the Course Lead
  • 5 to 6 hours per week responding to student communications, grading, posting items for discussion

    Specific Duties:
  • Teach material from approved curriculum in accordance with assigned course schedule
  • Assume responsibility for the academic supervision and teaching of the online students registered for the term as outlined by the Course Lead
  • Provide full coverage for all scheduled synchronous sessions/live sessions
  • The Instructor will be responsible for grading student assignments and exams
  • Actively participate in meetings and activities scheduled by the Course Lead to prepare and Section Instructors on course content and weekly course objectives
  • Motivate students to actively participate in all aspects of the educational process, including but not limited to threaded class discussions, outside assignments/projects, research, enrichment activities, etc.
  • Maintain and evaluate records of student's academic and clinical performance within the grading systems of the Learning Management System (LMS) and the college
  • Consult with students about their clinical performance at midterm and end of semester, or as needed by phone or video conference
  • Provide regular, accurate, and timely student-specific assistance, feedback and support to students relative to their performance
  • Respond in a clear and well-expressed manner to student questions within one to two business days
  • Foster and encourage an online culture of learning that values mutual responsibility, life-long learning, diversity, and ethics as well as personal and professional development
  • Host office hours for students
  • May serve as tutor or hold study sessions with students

  • MSN, Board Certified Nurse Practitioner certification REQUIRED
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification highly preferred. DNP welcome to apply
  • 2+ years clinical experience required
  • Graduate level teaching experience in nursing education required
  • Online teaching exposure/experience preferred

    Instructions to Applicants: Please upload the following documents with your application; C.V. (required), a statement of teaching philosophy (optional), 3 letters of recommendation (optional).
    All documents should be uploaded in the Resume/CV section on the 'My Experience' page of the application.

    Simmons College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence in education and employment through diversity. The College embraces diversity and defines it to include race, gender, gender identify, national origin, ethnicity, religion, social class, age, sexual orientation, and physical and learning ability.

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