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Field Experience Director

Walden University offers advanced degrees online to professionals whose work impacts others. Degree programs include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration, technology, and engineering. Our challenging programs are designed to help students make a difference in the lives of children, the health of communities, or the success of an organization.

The Field Experience Director is responsible for field experience (Practicum, Clinical Supervision Models and Field Experience courses) curriculum development and the administrative duties of the Field Experience office for the School of Nursing RN-BSN, RN-MSM, MSN and doctoral(DNP) programs  The Field Experience Director is responsible for supervising the field experience coordinators and faculty, approving students' field experience sites, site supervisor(direct and in-direct supervision) selection, scheduling site supervisor orientations and facilitating the remediation process for field experience issues. The Field Experience Director also collaborates with academic program directors  and SON Assessment Coordinator and interfaces with the Walden's Field Experience office which includes providing routine reporting and data collection for the Field Experience office.

The Field Experience Director provides support in the following areas:

  • Responding to students, faculty, site supervisors and agency directors questions about the field experience
  • Supporting students with locating field experience sites
  • Troubleshooting student problems that emerge at field experience sites
  • Facilitating conflict resolution at field experience sites
  • Educating faculty, students preceptors, directors of sites and site supervisors about field experience policies and expectations
  • Facilitating orientations for students, faculty, preceptors and site supervisors (direct and in-direct)
  • Providing consultation and professional development opportunities for students, faculty and site supervisors
  • Serving as university liaison and representative around field experience inquiries from internal and external stakeholders
  • Supporting the post graduate needs of students (e.g. completion of field experience forms for licensure/certification)
  • Coordinating curriculum development and updates with course maintenance and the Product Development Group, Residency Coordinator and Program Directors/Coordinators related to Nursing Education Field Experience.
  • Serving as lead faculty and subject matter expert for field experience courses.
  • Supervising field education coordinator(s) and field education coordinator
  • Maintaining all field experience documents, including the field practicum experience manuals, surveys and evaluations.
  • Managing the field experience evaluation process
  • This person is responsible for the overall student experience related to field experiences.  Consequently this person creates solutions to improve system wide issues that impact that experience.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Earned doctorate in Nursing  or a closely related health field from a regionally accredited U.S. institution (international equivalency for accreditation if degree is from a non-U.S. institution).
  • Three to five years of teaching, management , and advising experience at the graduate level.
  • A record of intellectual and professional contributions to the field of Nursing  education and  specialization area.
  • Ability to mentor and motivate adult learners in a distance-education environment.
  • Ability to work with adult learners with variable skill levels, various learning styles as well as diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
  • Ability to work with and motivate faculty within the specialization program.
  • Membership and/or leadership in professional organizations relevant to the specialization.
  • Commitment to the nursing profession.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office and Internet navigation.
  • Position location is flexible. Some travel required.
  • Business Competencies
  • Knowledge of Teacher Education & Licensu
  • Management Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Problem-Solving / Critical Thinking
  • Communication Skills


  • Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment, but may involve exposure to moderate noise levels. Work involves operation of personal computer equipment for six to eight hours daily and includes physical demands associated with a traditional office setting , e.g., walking, standing, communicating, and other physical functions as necessary.
  • The primary physical demands are handling a mouse, which requires reaching and handling, using a keyboard, which requires fingering, near vision (20 inches or less), and mid-range vision (more than 20 inches in distance) to focus on the computer monitor, or hard copy as is necessary. Depth perception (the judging of distances and spatial relationships) and visual accommodation (used to do near point work at varying distances) are not necessary to perform the work of the Faculty Member.

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 posted may 2013