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Statewide Commission on the Crisis in Nursing

Nursing Faculty Careers

Education Subcommittee 
Faculty Issues Work Group



Educational  Requirements

Roles & Responsibilities

Types of Faculty Positions

Advancement Opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions

Maryland Schools of Nursing

Links & References



What qualifications do I need to be employed in nursing education?

The minimum qualifications for teaching in a Maryland school of nursing include:

  • A Master’s degree in nursing. (Applicants with courses in education may be preferred.)

  • Recent clinical experience in your specialty area

  • Current active license to practice as a registered nurse in Maryland

Most baccalaureate and higher degree programs will give preference to applicants with an earned doctoral degree in nursing or a related field (ex: education, human growth and development, sociology, anthropology, etc.). Applicants who have completed courses in education may also be preferred. Applicants currently enrolled in a doctoral program may be considered.


How can I get started?

If you do not already have a Masters in nursing, you should select a program and apply now. In the meantime, you may be eligible to work as a clinical preceptor or teach one or two clinical sections per week as a clinical instructor or adjunct faculty in a clinical course.


Where do nursing educators work?

Nurse educators work in colleges and universities that offer associate and baccalaureate programs in nursing. Educators involved in clinical education also work at collaborating health care facilities.


I have a BSN degree and would like to teach nursing. How can I get started?

You will need a minimum of a Master’s degree in nursing to be considered for a faculty position. In the meantime, you may be eligible to teach one or two clinical sections during a semester as adjunct faculty in a clinical course. A Bachelors degree in nursing, current active license to practice as a registered nurse in Maryland, and clinical experience are the minimum basic requirements for clinical instructors.


What are the responsibilities of a full-time faculty member?

Full-time faculty members teach in the classroom, provide clinical supervision, advise students, prepare course materials and examinations, evaluate student performance, and serve on committees. Service to the profession and the community, as well as scholarly activities (such as research and publication) are also expected.

What can I expect to earn as a full-time faculty member?

The salary you earn will depend on your experience and education as well as the type and length of employment, and the type of educational institution. Average starting salaries in Maryland are in the low to mid - $40,000 for a nine-month contract for a full-time, entry-level position. Faculty may be hired on 9, 10 or 12-month contracts depending on the program. Contracts specify the time period covered, and are renewed annually.


Can I work part-time as a nurse educator?

Yes. You can be hired as adjunct faculty to teach a course that meets as little as 3 hours per week, or for a clinical section that meets for 6 to 8 hours, one or two days per week for a semester. Adjunct faculty positions are not permanent and generally have no benefits. Some colleges also have regular part-time faculty positions. Part-time faculty members may be expected to take on proportional non-teaching assignments, such as advisement and committee work.


What can I expect to earn as a part-time faculty member?

Salaries for clinical instructors hired on a semester basis vary according to the school. For some positions, faculty may be compensated at an hourly rate, or a flat fee based on the course credit load. In some schools, regular part-time faculty may be eligible for pro-rated benefits.


What are the advantages of having a faculty position?

Advantages vary by school and by position and may include:

  • Opportunity to influence the future of nursing education and the nursing profession;

  • Opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration with other faculty;

  • Professional autonomy in the classroom setting;

  • Participation with nurse faculty in developing dynamic curricula;

  • Continuing education opportunities;

  • The potential to have 2 -3 months off in the summer while you are off contract allowing for time to explore other personal or professional interests;

  • The traditional academic schedule gives you most holidays off;

  • Self-scheduling within the confines of the academic calendar and your teaching schedule;

  • Tenured faculty positions, available at some colleges and universities, offer long-term job security.


What are the disadvantages or limitations associated with faculty positions?

Potential disadvantages or limitations might include:

  • Compensation may be less than you would earn in other employment settings.

  • The academic calendar limits options for when you can take time off.

  • There may be work to take home (ex: preparing for class, grading papers, developing new course material, etc.).

  • Student advisement and counseling are not always easy.

  • Many faculty members have contracts, which need to be renewed annually.


Will I have additional responsibilities other than teaching?

Possibly, depending on the type of institution and your position. These may include duties such as student advising, committee work, community service, research etc. This will vary with the institution.

Do I need teaching experience?

This is up to the individual institution. Teaching experience is usually preferred, but many institutions are willing to mentor new faculty.


When do faculty positions become available?


Faculty positions are usually filled on an annual or semester basis. Openings for full-time positions may be announced at any time of the year. Generally, schools advertise faculty positions in the spring for the upcoming academic year. Nurses interested in full-time positions should contact the Dean or Director of the School at any time. The Dean or Director may hold your curriculum vitae on file for any future openings. (click here)


Part-time faculty positions may be filled on a semester-to-semester basis and positions may be available at any time of the year. Nurses interested in part-time positions should contact the Dean or Director of the School at any time during the year. The Dean or Director may hold your curriculum vitae on file for any future openings. (click here)

If you are interested in a position, even if there are no positions advertised, you should send your curriculum vitae and letter of interest to the Dean or Director of the School of your choice. (click here)


Where are faculty positions advertised?

Positions are advertised in local and national publications such as Nursing Spectrum, Advances for Nurses, Chronicles of Higher Education, etc. Some schools also use local newspapers to solicit applications. Positions also may be posted on individual school’s web sites. Click here for links to Maryland schools of nursing.


What documents are necessary for the application process?


You will be expected to provide a comprehensive curriculum vitae, documentation of your educational background (including transcripts), licenses, certifications, and professional references. The search process may take a few months.


You may be expected to provide a curriculum vitae, licenses, certifications, and professional references.

What can I expect during the interview process?


There may be multiple interviews involved in the search for a full time position. In addition, the applicant may be required to make an academic presentation to faculty and/or students. Again, the search process for an academic position may take a few months.


This usually involves an interview with the Dean or Director of the nursing program. You may also be expected to meet with the course coordinator and/or the faculty for the specific course you will be teaching.


How do I proceed?

If you are interested in becoming nurse faculty on either a full- or part-time basis, look for advertisements of positions in local, as well as national, nursing publications. Contact the dean or director of the nursing program that interests you. Meanwhile, talk with nurses in current faculty positions or contact the school of your choice (click here). If you currently work in the clinical setting, network with the clinical instructors of the schools of nursing that utilize your facility.



Faculty – an individual with a graduate degree in nursing who is employed to teach in a nursing education program.

Clinical instructors -- individuals with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nursing and two years clinical experience, who are employed solely for clinical or laboratory instruction.

Clinical preceptors - registered nurses employed by cooperating agencies who act to facilitate student learning in a manner specified in a signed written agreement between the agency and the educational institution.

Curriculum vitae – a detailed synopsis of your educational background and skills. Often referred to as a CV, it includes a summary of your educational and academic backgrounds, as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors and affiliations.

Tenure – refers to the right to hold a faculty position indefinitely. Tenure provides that after a specified lengthy period of probationary service, a full-time faculty member may not be dismissed without adequate cause. The availability of tenure-track positions varies from institution to institution.