Sutter Health SMU-Faculty Development Coordinator in Oakland, California

Position Overview:

Who we are: Samuel Merritt University graduates improve health outcomes and reduce disparities for all members of our communities. We have spent more than a century preparing outstanding healthcare professionals through immersive learning and community engagement, and are deeply committed to transforming healthcare through diversity and inclusion. At the School of Nursing, we are at the forefront of educational innovation in theory and practice to prepare highly competent professional nursing leaders who are engaged in the advancement of nursing practice and the improvement of health for diverse populations/peoples. Our motto is education plus compassion which we proudly demonstrate in the ways that we serve our students, faculty, staff, and in our local communities.

Join a team of dedicated educators: Our faculty is known for its passion for growing the nursing vocation. With this passion, we strive to awaken curiosity in our students and instill lifelong learning. Congruent with our values, we work hard to inspire service and leadership in our students and faculty, alike. For this reason, the role of Faculty Development Coordinator is vitally important because of its unique position to influence the professional and personal development of faculty. This is a faculty positon in the School of Nursing (SoN) and reports directly to the Dean. The position combines teaching, scholarship and service. We define teaching as creating environments that facilitate student learning and the attainment of expected outcomes at the course and program levels. Faculty has ownership for the development, implementation, evaluation and revision of the curricula within the School of Nursing which are designed to prepare graduates to provide nursing care in a dynamic health care environment. Service implies the use of academic and professional expertise to serve the University, the nursing profession and the community. Service consists of meaningful activities that promote the image, mission or strategic priorities of the University, the well-being of relevant individuals or groups among the community of interest or the professional growth of faculty. Scholarship reflects activities resulting in the production, reorganization/refinement, dissemination or creation of works that advance knowledge in nursing.

Position Summary: The responsibilities of the Faculty Development (FD) Coordinator in the School of Nursing at Samuel Merritt University reflect the unique requirements of this position in supporting faculty in teaching, scholarship, service, and professional development. This is a faculty position within the School of Nursing, may be pro-rata or 1.0 FTE. Supervises the adjunct nursing faculty developer and development activities performed on all campuses and may supervise student workers. The Faculty Development (FD) Coordinator will maintain a collaborative relationship with the director and staff of the Center for Innovation & Excellence in Learning (CIEL) to ensure that professional development opportunities provided by the SoN and CIEL are synergistic and coordinated.

Major Areas of responsibilities include but not limited to:

Administrative (50-90%)

  • Facilitate faculty development and enhancement of teaching skills and knowledge in support of school of nursing and university strategic plans.

  • Provide support to individuals and faculty groups in developing and implementing scholarship goals, including identifying appropriate conferences for presentation, sources of funding for scholarship, publication opportunities.

  • Facilitate faculty in advancing knowledge and skills in relation to professional nursing education goals.

  • Identify resources for faculty professional and personal growth and development (e.g., fellowships; work-life balance; leadership training, etc.).

  • Coordinate faculty development activities with FD designees on other campuses.

  • Provide orientation for new full-time faculty.

  • Coordinate with and support faculty who provide orientation to part-time faculty.

  • Develop innovative approaches to support new faculty in teaching, scholarship, and role acquisition.

  • Coordinate the maintenance of the CANVAS SoN Resource Course.

  • Collaborate with SoN administration in pursuing resources for and implementing programs that advance faculty development.

  • Serve as a member of the nursing Management Team.

  • Oversee the Nursing Faculty of Tomorrow program, supervising participating students and supporting participating faculty.

  • Participate in managing dean’s budget funds for student scholarly support.

  • Serve as ex officio voting member of the SoN Faculty Development, Scholarship and Service committee.

  • Serve on University committees as appropriate (e.g., University Faculty Development Committee).


  • Teach in area of expertise or is pro-rata if some Faculty Development duties are shared with faculty on other campuses.

  • Create a dynamic, learner centered environment that uses a variety of teaching methods that support the diverse learning needs of the student population and that are based on educational theory, and evidence-based teaching and clinical practices;

  • Model reflective and critical thinking and serves as a coach and mentor for students; confer with them on their progress and assist them in the development of learning plans to facilitate successful achievement of course objectives;

  • Maintain and enhance competence in subjects being taught.

  • Confer with colleagues to assure the integrity of the courses across programs and the curriculum as a whole;

  • Prepare and review written examinations, papers, and student projects; supervise independent study projects as needed, and evaluate learner performance in both the classroom and clinical settings.

  • Notify Course Manager of at-risk students or unusual occurrences.

  • Supervise or teach clinical rotations as needed in acute, community and laboratory settings as well as internship/preceptorship courses.

  • Document student progress on appropriate forms.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Participate in Faculty Organization meetings.

  • Participate in School of Nursing Faculty meetings.

  • Participate in University or School committees as needed.

  • Provide service to the profession and the community.

  • Participate in University and SoN events as specified in University and SON attendance expectations.


Minimum Qualifications & Requirements

Education & Experience

  • Doctorate in nursing or an equivalent field.

  • Expertise in higher education and faculty development.

  • Progressive teaching experience and faculty supervision in classroom, practice, and/or laboratory settings (baccalaureate or higher degree nursing preferred).

  • Knowledge about the faculty role


  • Excellent written and oral communication

  • Read and write clear documents

  • Function effectively as a member of a team and independently

  • Create and sustain a culture of respect, cooperation, and innovation among faculty and students


  • Express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word in person or on the telephone

  • Receive detailed information through verbal and written communication

  • Travel to relevant campuses and meetings, as required

The University has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to build a welcoming and supportive campus environment, and acknowledge that diversity is an educational imperative to achieve excellence.

Organization: Samuel Merritt University

Employee Status: Regular

Employee Referral Bonus: No

Benefits: Yes

Position Status: Exempt

Union: No

Job Shift: Day

Shift Hours: 8 Hour Shift

Days of the Week Scheduled: Monday-Friday

Weekend Requirements: Other

Schedule: Full Time

Hrs Per 2wk Pay Period: 80

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, registered domestic partner status, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin (including possession of a driver's license issued to individuals who did not present proof of authorized presence in the U.S.), age, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or protected veteran status, political affiliation, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical condition, genetic information or any other characteristic made unlawful by local, state, or federal law, ordinance or regulation. External hires must pass a background check/drug screening. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.