VACANCY: Nursing Adjunct Faculty and/or Subject Matter Expert, National Louis University

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We are proactively recruiting at this time for openings expected in the future. The new Nursing Programs at National Louis University seek qualified professionals for adjunct teaching positions and Subject Matter Experts for our nursing courses.

Subject Matter ExpertYou will initially work with the Executive Director of Nursing and the Learning Experience Design (LXD) team to design and build course masters for new courses in the BSN Nursing Program. As the Subject Matter Expert (SME), you possess current and evolving knowledge in the content area; understanding of ways nurses solve problems and applying nursing skills and knowledge to the professional practice setting. You will collaborate with others to design experiences that motivate learners to be active participants in their learning, apply evidence-based practices to improve learner outcomes and employ technology to increase learner achievement and engagement. Responsible for submitting all deliverables in a timely manner, attending all meetings, and reviewing the course master for content accuracy. Once the course is built, you could potentially teach the course.

Adjunct Faculty

You would be responsible for the implementation of the curriculum in either the classroom (face-to-face or online) or the clinical/laboratory setting. As an Adjunct Faculty, you possess current and evolving knowledge in the content along with relative clinical practice experience. You will teach the students, provide the course/clinical assessments and evaluations and facilitate student-centered learning.

About National Louis University

National Louis University (NLU) is looking to honor its past while defining a bold new future as a contemporary, comprehensive university that prepares diverse students for sustained professional success with a deep commitment to Access, Excellence, Innovation, and Equity. We are a pioneering community that uses innovation to improve outcomes. NLU questions the status quo and strives to adapt and evolve with the changing needs of its students. We are a community that cares about each other and our students and we work collaboratively, tirelessly, and quickly to advance change in the service of students. We have a long venerable history, but we are not typical. We seek to solve intractable social issues through education; we believe we have not succeeded until graduates achieve sustainable career-related employment; and we foster a culture that promotes failing fast so that we may constantly improve our work. 

Founded in 1886, National Louis University is a private not-for-profit university offering over 70 programs from short-term certificates through the doctoral level across its five colleges. The University serves over 10,000 students per year and has experienced unprecedented growth over the last several years. Most students are from Illinois, but the University also attracts students from throughout the U.S. and from around the world who take advantage of campus-based, blended, and online programming. 

NLU is located in the center of Chicago’s downtown loop, across the street from the Art Institute, in an area which has been recognized as America’s largest campus with over 25 institutions and 50,000 students attending a college across the city. In addition, the University has two suburban locations and a Florida regional campus.

Essential Responsibilities

Subject Matter Expert

  • Build the assigned nursing course as outlined in the SME guidelines
  • Utilize the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) new Essentials of Baccalaureate Education to guide you in writing appropriate competency-based module outcomes mapped to the course outcomes and mapped to the program outcomes.
  • Potentially teach the course

Adjunct Faculty

  • Teach assigned course based on approved syllabus and developed course
  • Implement evaluation methods as outlined in the approved syllabus
  • Collaborate with nursing program administration to implement other assignments and/or evaluations based on professional experiences
  • Attend workshops if applicable to course being taught
  • Attend adjunct orientation before the start of each semester
  • Adhere to Department of Nursing policies and procedures as outlined in the nursing student and faculty handbooks.
  • Participate in end-of-course program reports and evaluations
  • Attend required clinical agency orientation, if applicable
  • Supervise and maintain laboratories and equipment if teaching in the simulation/skills lab
  • Evaluate student learning in a clinical setting using the approved and provided standard evaluation tool

Qualifications Skills and Competencies

Subject Matter Expert (Required):

  • Master’s Degree or higher in Nursing
  • Unencumbered Illinois License or the ability to get an Illinois License
  • Content area expertise
  • 3 or more years of experience teaching undergraduate nursing students in the assigned subject matter
  • Experience leading curriculum development activities and mapping for accreditation
  • Experience working with designing course content and learning experiences within a course management system
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills


  • Understanding and experience with both concept-based and competency-based nursing education
  • Experience with D2L learning management system

Adjunct Faculty (Required):

  • Master’s Degree or higher in Nursing
  • Unencumbered Illinois License or the ability to get an Illinois License
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working as an RN in a related clinical area
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills


  • 1-3 years of experience teaching undergraduate nursing students in either theory or clinical

We are currently seeking SMEs for Pathophysiology and Foundations of Nursing Practice, which includes both Fundamentals and Health Assessment content.

National Louis University is deeply committed to serving its community, advancing access and equity, and ensuring that all individuals are welcomed and valued. We are dedicated to fostering a culture where diversity, equity, and inclusion remain at the core of who we are. These are more than just words to us: they are truly a way of life for the NLU community. We recognize that differences in abilities, age, ethnicity, gender (identity and expression), race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and background bring richness to our work environment. We affirm diverse perspectives, innovative contributions, and authentic presentations of self from every member within the NLU community. We believe inclusion is grounded in the actions we intentionally take each day. Our goal is to inspire and empower NLU employees and community members to cultivate an environment where we collectively focus on uplifting and advancing our institutional culture.

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