Faculty Vacancies

Vacancy - Director and Assistant or Associate Professor -Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Program

(Recruitment Number 11560218)

Washburn University seeks a dynamic leader in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing field to direct and oversee the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Online Program.  This position will provide leadership in program accreditation, curriculum development, student assessment as well as having teaching responsibilities within the program.  The APRN faculty position is a full-time, tenure track position starting August 2018. Appointment to rank of Associate Professor would be contingent upon meeting the criteria posted in the Faculty Handbook:  http://www.washburn.edu/faculty-staff/faculty-resources/faculty-handbook/faculty-handbook-section-3.html The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate a commitment to quality graduate education while supporting an active faculty practice and program of scholarship.  Candidates must have a minimum of a doctoral degree in nursing and certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) or Clinical Nurse Specialist (PMHCNS).

Required Qualifications: 

  • National certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health NP or CNS
  • Licensed in Kansas as RN and APRN by July 1, 2018.
  • Minimum two years current experience as an advanced practice nurse in Psychiatry
  • Experience in nursing education - teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD, or DNP
  • Evidence of active scholarship related to research, teaching and/or clinical practice
  • Experience in online teaching
  • Experience with curriculum design, implementation and evaluation
  • Experience with student advisement
  • Current pattern of service to professional organizations
  • Experience with program development in a leadership role


  • Oversight of all facets of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate program including students, curriculum, and faculty.
  • Instruction of graduate students in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner graduate programs.
  • Innovations in course design, curricular updates and curriculum assessment.
  • Develop and implement a process for faculty-student advisement within the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Program.
  • Initiating and leading faculty and students in a Scholarship Strategic Plan.
  • Service to the School and University.

Application Procedures:

  • Send application letter, resume/vita, copies of transcripts and name/addresses/phone numbers of 3 professionals’ references to:  Dr. Delaine Smith, Director of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate Program, Washburn University, 1700 SW. College Ave., Topeka, KS. 66621 (do not send additional materials until requested).  Only complete applications and application materials will be accepted. For questions, Mary Kay Thornburg may be contacted at 785-670-1526 or at marykay.thornburg@washburn.edu
  • Application review will begin April 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. 
  • Salary commensurate with academic credentials and experience.
  • For further information about the School of Nursing, please visit http://www.washburn.edu/main/nursing/index.html
  • The successful candidate will be required to submit to a background check prior to hire. Washburn University is an EOE.  To enrich education through diversity, candidates from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.