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Pacific Lutheran University

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Assistant or associate professor of mental health
(or Psychiatric Nursing)

Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) is a comprehensive institution with an enrollment of approximately 3500, including international students from two dozen countries. Located on the Pacific Rim in a uniquely scenic region, the university's campus is 40 miles south of Seattle in suburban Tacoma, Washington. As a "New American College," PLU accents integration between its liberal arts program and professional degrees in the arts, business, education, nursing, and physical education, and embraces its primary mission of educating students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care. PLU enjoys a healthy and progressive relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Rank and salary

Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, full-time, tenure track position, salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Description/ Responsibilities

  • Teach mental health/psychiatric content to include clinical practicum at the undergraduate level and/or graduate level based on program needs.
  • Teach in secondary area of expertise such as informatics, evaluation & outcomes research, risk management, quality management, transcultural nursing, resource management or other area appropriate and clearly related to the School's mission and curriculum.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a program of scholarship related to mental health/psychiatric nursing that meets expectations for tenure within the School and the University.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to service and service-learning that meets the expectations of the School and the University.
  • Assume a level of professional leadership and visibility through professional accomplishment in one's specialty, excellent teaching, and commitment to service.
  • Work as a team member to develop, implement, and evaluate outstanding programs in nursing within the context of the School and University's mission.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities

Must possess the ability, knowledge and skill to successfully teach, advise, and serve undergraduate and graduate nursing students in a university setting, as well as demonstrate scholarship and professional activities commiserate with the appointment and expectations for achieving tenure.  Specifically, the teaching role requires content and clinical expertise in mental health-psychiatric nursing, including licensure and certification that are current, unencumbered in the State of Washington.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in nursing or related field.
  • Master's degree in Nursing with concentration or focus in Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing, unless doctorate is in Mental Health/Psych nursing.
  • Strong clinical background in mental health/psychiatric nursing or directly related area.
  • Evidence of scholarship and teaching potential.
  • Eligibility for licensure in the State of Washington.
  • Finalist candidates must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background checks

Application Process

Go to the following link to apply for this position:
For more information, please contact Dr. Patsy Maloney at 253-535-7685 or

The University is committed to diversity, endorses the goals of equal opportunity and affirmative action, and actively seeks applications from women and persons of color.

Posted may 2013