Course Instructor in Nursing (Informatics)
Western Governors University, Department of Nursing
United States

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Position Summary - A general statement regarding the overall objective of the position 


Student learning is the primary responsibility of WGU faculty. Course Instructors are subject matter experts who teach and mentor students when students engage in their assigned courses. Course Instructors vary the type, length, and intensity of instructional method based upon student needs. Course Instructors work on a team to support an assigned group of students and offer specialized instruction on challenging topics. Using technology, Course Instructors interact with students in both group and one-on-one settings. As part of WGU's disaggregated faculty model, Course Instructors provide their expertise and collaborate with the faculty who are responsible for developing and evaluating courses and assessments.  


Essential Functions and Responsibilities List of significant responsibilities and essential duties that must be completed in order to achieve the objectives of the position 


  • Acts as a steward for carrying out WGU's mission and strategic vision. The Course Instructor must demonstrate a high level of commitment effectively and consistently.  

  • Provides expertise in assigned content area and maintains current knowledge in his/her field.  

  • Fosters student learning through innovative teaching practices.  

  • Responds with urgency to meet student needs and communicates professionally and respectfully with students and all other members of the WGU community.  

  • Offers proactive support and outreach to assigned students.  

  • Uses technology-based teaching and communication platforms to aid students in the development of competencies.  

  • Collaborates with other professionals within the university to promote a positive, student-obsessed atmosphere.  

  • Participates and or leads training activities;  

  • Responds with urgency to changing requirements, priorities, and short deadlines.  

  • Consistently exhibits WGU Leadership Principles. 


Knowledge and Abilities - Required competencies, proficiencies, specialized knowledge, technology skills, etc. 

  • Must demonstrate technological competency: Data entry, email and calendar, word process, and database programs.  

  • Extraordinary customer service and communication skills  

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with ability to present information clearly, concisely, and accurately; friendly, persuasive speaking and writing style.  

  • Well organized - conscientious and through with detail 


Qualifications Minimum education and/or prior experience qualifications, required certifications, field of study, bilingual, etc. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctorate, or terminal degree in a specific content area strongly preferred. If no terminal degree, candidates must have an MSN and National certification in Informatics. Education must be from an accredited institution. Education is verified.  

  • Separate qualifications and/or licensure may be required for some degree programs.  

  • Experience in Nursing Informatics required

  • Current and unencumbered RN license required

  • Minimum of 3 years' experience providing student support and instruction; demonstrated ability to work with at-risk learners.  

  • State and/or federal legislative requirements and/or college accreditation requirements may apply in order to maintain the necessary credentialing for this role.  


Preferred Qualifications

  • Qualifications and/or licensure/certifications vary by degree programs. 


Working Conditions - Specific requirements of the job such as travel and the environment in which the job is performed. 

Travel/Commute: works primarily from home within the continental United States but is available to travel to meetings as required.  


Ability to work a student-friendly schedule (evenings/weekends) 

DisclaimerThis Job Description has been designed to indicate the general nature, essential duties, and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this classification. It does not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications that are required of the employee to do this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. This Job Description does not constitute a contract of employment and the University may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.

As an equal opportunity employer, WGU recognizes that our strength lies in our people. We are committed to diversity.

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