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Working As A Nursing Faculty

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Make Decisions

  • $61,787

    Average Salary

What Does A Nursing Faculty Do

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and career and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.


Postsecondary teachers typically do the following:

  • Teach courses in their subject area
  • Work with students who are taking classes to improve their knowledge or career skills
  • Develop an instructional plan (known as a course outline or syllabus) for the course(s) they teach and ensure that it meets college and department standards
  • Plan lessons and assignments
  • Work with colleagues to develop or modify the curriculum for a degree or certificate program involving a series of courses
  • Assess students’ progress by grading assignments, papers, exams, and other work
  • Advise students about which classes to take and how to achieve their goals
  • Stay informed about changes and innovations in their field
  • Conduct research and experiments to advance knowledge in their field
  • Supervise graduate students who are working toward doctoral degrees
  • Publish original research and analysis in books and academic journals
  • Serve on academic and administrative committees that review and recommend policies, make budget decisions, or advise on hiring and promotions within their department

Postsecondary teachers, often referred to as professors or faculty, specialize in a variety of subjects and fields. Some teach academic subjects, such as English or philosophy. Others focus on career-related subjects, such as law, nursing, or culinary arts.

At colleges and universities, professors are organized into departments that specialize in a subject, such as history, science, business, or music. A professor may teach one or more courses within that department. For example, a mathematics professor may teach calculus, statistics, and a graduate seminar in a very specific area of mathematics.

Postsecondary teachers’ duties vary with their positions in a university or college. In large colleges or universities, they may spend their time teaching, conducting research or experiments, applying for grants to fund their research, or supervising graduate teaching assistants who are teaching classes.

Postsecondary teachers who work in small colleges and universities or in community colleges often spend more time teaching classes and working with students. They may spend some time conducting research, but they do not have as much time to devote to it.

Full-time professors, particularly those who have tenure (a professor who cannot be fired without just cause), often are expected to spend more time on their research. They also may be expected to serve on more college and university committees.

Part-time professors, often known as adjunct professors, spend most of their time teaching students.

Professors may teach large classes of several hundred students (often with the help of graduate teaching assistants), smaller classes of about 40 to 50 students, seminars with just a few students, or laboratories where students practice the subject matter. They work with an increasingly varied student population as more part-time, older, and culturally diverse students are going to postsecondary schools.

Professors need to keep up with developments in their field by reading scholarly articles, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences. A tenured professor must do original research, such as experiments, document analysis, or critical reviews, and publish their findings.

Some postsecondary teachers work for online universities or teach online classes. They use websites to present lessons and information, to assign and accept students’ work, and to participate in course discussions. Online professors communicate with students by email and by phone and might never meet their students in person.

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Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.


Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.

Other Experience

Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.

In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.

In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.

Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.

Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.


A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.

Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.

Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.

Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.

Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.

Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.

Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.

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Nursing Faculty Career Paths

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Chairperson Adjunct Professor Clinical Director
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
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Adult Nurse Practitioner Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor
Assistant Dean
8 Yearsyrs
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Instructor Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Consultant Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Chairperson Program Coordinator Director Of Social Services
Community Service Director
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Program Director Chairperson
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Professor Adjunct Instructor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Nursing Program Coordinator Adjunct Faculty Physician Assistant
Director Of Clinical Education
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Of Nursing Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager Clinical Case Manager Clinician
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Adult Nurse Practitioner Family Nurse Practitioner Registered Nurse Supervisor
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nursing Program Coordinator Registered Nurse Case Manager Director Of Health Services
Home Service Director
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Educator Nurse Manager Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Educator Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Of Nursing Case Manager Adjunct Instructor
Online Instructor
10 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
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Real Nursing Faculty Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Adult Health & Nursing Faculty Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA Jul 01, 2011 $97,500
Nursing Faculty Metropolitan Learning Institute, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Oct 26, 2012 $66,784
Nursing Faculty Metropolitan Learning Institute, Inc. NY Jul 16, 2012 $66,784
Faculty-Nursing Ivy Tech Community College Muncie, IN Jan 09, 2016 $66,765
Tenure Track Faculty In Nursing The Curators of The University of Missouri Saint Louis, MO Feb 26, 2015 $65,000 -
Nursing Faculty Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College Hayward, WI Feb 07, 2014 $61,176
RN Program Nursing Faculty American Institute of Alternative Medicine Columbus, OH Aug 21, 2014 $60,000
Nursing Faculty Lake Superior College Duluth, MN Jul 15, 2016 $59,676
Nursing Faculty Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Duluth, MN Aug 10, 2015 $57,938
Nursing Faculty Member National Education Seminars, Inc. Olde West Chester, OH Jan 15, 2011 $55,000 -
Nursing Faculty Member National Education Seminars, Inc. Olde West Chester, OH Oct 19, 2009 $55,000 -
Nursing Faculty Brigham Young University-Idaho Rexburg, ID Sep 01, 2015 $50,183

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Top Skills for A Nursing Faculty

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  1. Curriculum
  2. Med-Surg
  3. Classroom Management
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  • Participated in curriculum and course planning, implemented curriculum as designed, and made recommendations for revisions.
  • Contributed substantially to the creation and implementation of Med-Surg Summer Course.
  • Employed Classroom management, performance counseling and improvement planning.
  • Collaborate with Dean of Nursing and clinical agencies to organize student orientation and clinical rotations.
  • Provide classroom theory: Mental Health/ Behavior Health/Substance Abuse/Pharmacology/Medical Terminology.

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