Nursing Education - Dissertation & Research Mentor - Part-time Faculty - School of Education

Faculty – Part-time
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Capella University seeks out faculty who combine top academic credentials with working or practitioner experience in the fields they teach. Capella seeks Dissertation Mentors to provide direction and supportive interaction to learners to ensure dissertations are consistent with prevailing standards for scholarship, while simultaneously supporting a positive learner experience.The School of Education offers a PhD in Nursing Education designed to prepare learners for nurse educator roles in higher ed and adult education, and is focused on educational theory as it relates to nursing.  

Responsibilities of Mentors:
Successful mentors have the ability to guide and coach learners through the dissertation process by promoting a positive, collaborative relationship that enhances learner engagement, satisfaction, retention and success. Mentors are committed to providing timely direction and support to mentees throughout the dissertation phase of the program. Mentors may also participate in the comprehensive exam preparation phase as well.

Mentors have quantitative and/or qualitative research knowledge and background, and the ability to understand and evaluate all aspects of the research process, including application. They also have an in-depth understanding of the end-to-end research process (dissertation design, execution, and completion) while working with mentees as a dissertation supervisor and chair of the dissertation committee. Mentors apply their in-depth knowledge of IRB standards, regulations, and processes at each stage of the dissertation process and consult with expert colleagues, related literature and other available school resources when research methods and design questions or concerns arise.

Mentors monitor, evaluate and guide learner progress, including establishing and discussing dissertation expectations and criteria-based assessment techniques with mentees. Mentors also assess mentee's work and ensure the achievement of quality compliance standards for research prior to submittal to IRB.

Mentors ensure the efficient administration of the dissertation process for mentees by implementing Capella policies and procedures (including milestone procedures and IRB regulations), and manage the dissertation committee through timely and effective communication about progress, feedback, or concerns.
Must also be available and willing to participate on dissertation committees.

Key Differences Between Adjunct and Part-Time Faculty:

Part-time faculty engage in a continuous relationship with Capella, and we are committed to providing work assignments on an ongoing quarterly basis.   Only part-time faculty members may participate in Mentoring or Committee work assignments or any other work assignment that may span four or more quarters.

Adjunct faculty members are not engaged with Capella in a continuous relationship.  They are assigned work as they are available and as Capella has needs. 

All  faculty candidates will be required to complete an unpaid faculty development course as a pre-requisite for employment.  This is an essential part of the selection process for both the faculty member and Capella.

Specific Accountabilities:

Each faculty member will have a workload that varies based upon his/her expertise and the needs of the graduate nursing programs. Following are the accountabilities expected for faculty in the primary areas of responsibility:

Course Participation: Provides expertise in subject matter; facilitates course discussions ensuring active participation among learners creating entries at least 3-6 times per week; responds to learner inquiries within 24-48 hours; assesses learner assignments and engagement; provides appropriate feedback, coaching and reinforcement of effective critical thinking; reports at risk learners to appropriate school staff; encourages learner participation in course-end evaluation forms; provide innovative input designed to make teaching practices more effective; adheres to quality standards and defines quality at course level in line with departmental and university norms.

Curriculum Development: Participates in the design and development of courses and course materials including course plans, objectives, outcomes, teaching aids, activities and evaluation tools. Ensures sensitivity to race, gender and disability in curriculum design, course content and study materials

School Governance and Faculty Committees: Actively participates in appropriate school and university committees and councils

Virtual attendance at faculty meetings, Capella-sponsored faculty development offerings, and other events is required.

Infrequent travel to attend commencement and other major events may be requested, but not required.

Variety and Complexity of Work Expected:

  • Developing course content, translating subject matter and facilitating complex learning in a web- based environment
  • Resolving learner/academic focused problems relative to achievement of academic goals; requires independent judgment and decision making
  • Responsibilities are generally not prescribed and have broad parameters that will lead to the mastery of the subject matter and application or practice of learned proficiencies in the professional field
  • Positively impacts learner retention and persistence
  • Acts under general guidance and collegial consultation regarding development of course content and providing constructive input regarding university practices

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Extensive knowledge of nursing as an academic and practice discipline and its associated educational standards
  • Understanding of Capella University and school philosophy, policies, guidelines and practices
  • Knowledge of adult learning theory and practices such as development of learning contracts, collaborative learning and active learning strategies


  • Exceptional ability to assess learning through feedback, coaching and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to develop/maintain curriculum and assessment in online environment
  • Ability to teach/advise and assess at appropriate level
  • Demonstrated ability to identify/determine alternatives to resolve complex problems


  • Ability to consistently contribute to Capella’s community of spirit, trust, interaction and learning.
  • Acts in ways that support an environment of continuous improvement and a positive learner experience
  • Operates from a clear sense of well-developed personal values and standards demonstrating integrity, honesty and authenticity in all actions


  • Demonstrates complete understanding of learner – accommodating unique needs and expertise of each learner.
  • Provides support and opportunity for the learner to continually deepen his or her understanding of individual purpose and pursue it through educational experiences
  • Demonstrates a commitment to meeting the expectations and requirements of a diversity of learners.

Course Management Skills

  • Excellent course management skills
  • Use of technology in teaching and learning in an online environment
  • Microsoft Office products and web fluency

Performance Criteria:

Part-time/adjunct faculty will be assessed based upon their demonstration of personal drive to accomplish goals and consistently meet expectations. Performance criteria may include the following (depending upon the type of activities assigned):

Evidence of high quality learner interactions as demonstrated through:

  • End of course evaluations

Appropriately meets qualitative standards:

  • Quality of teaching
  • Contributions to the school or university
  • Responsiveness to feedback
  • Nursing practice expertise

Ability to manage a breadth and depth of work activities

  • Demonstrates a breadth of capability across a variety of learning activities
  • Demonstrates flexibility in managing workload
  • Achieves quality learning outcomes



  • A PhD is required in Nursing, from a regionally accredited institution.  We may consider PhDs' in Adult or Higher Education.   (DNP faculty are encouraged to apply to  other nurse faculty roles in the School of Nursing & Health Sciences)
  • A  Master of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution is required. 
  • Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States.
  • Previous experience preferred in dissertation mentoring and advising, and/or dissertation committee work.
  • Graduate level teaching experience of 3 years or more; online teaching experience preferred.
  • Significant scholar - practitioner experience in the field, plus a demonstrated capability of doing research, evidenced by publication in peer-reviewed journals, or journals, and/or conference presentations, specifically in the field of nursing.
  • Evidence of supporting learner success and commitment to teaching in an online environment.
  • Demonstrated contributions and commitment to the field of nursing specifically, via publishing, professional practice, and/or professional association involvement.

Significant  scholarly productivity as demonstrated by:

  • Research/scholarship funding.
  • Peer-reviewed data-based publications.
  • Peer-reviewed data-based presentations at regional and national meetings.
  • Peer-review activities (grants, journals, meeting abstracts).
  • Demonstrated contribution to the discipline including publishing, committee involvement, or professional association involvement.


Capella University requires all graduate-level degrees to be validated with an official transcript on file prior to a candidate’s hire date. For every graduate degree you've earned, contact the university that granted your degree and request an official copy to be mailed to:


Capella University Capella Tower

Attn: Faculty Plus/Doc Management

225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor

Minneapolis, MN 55402


If you received your degree at an international institution, we require an evaluation of foreign credentials in lieu of an official transcript. The process for requesting an evaluation can be found here.   




Many of our positions, including this role, are designed to be remote "home office" settings. 

Employees working out of a home office are responsible for providing an appropriate and safe office space, office furniture and organization, communication tools, and related items. These include: 

  • arranging for high speed internet connection, printer and a dedicated phone line for business use. Specifics regarding expense coverage and reimbursement vary based on individual position categories. Capella will not provide office equipment or on-site set up assistance.  
  • the environment must be free from distractions and enable a highly productive and professional work environment.  
  • as with on-site positions, our off-site positions require that the majority of the time will be spent using a telephone, PC and monitors. 
  • any and all daycare arrangements must be made so that employees are not working while providing care for children or other family members at home. 
  • there are minimal lifting requirements unless otherwise noted. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) act applies to work performed by an employee in any workplace within the United States, including a workspace located in an employee’s home. All employees are responsible for complying with the OSHA act and with safety and health standards.

About Capella

Capella University is an online university built on graduate degrees, with more than 36,000 students throughout the U.S. and in other countries. Founded in 1993 to provide advanced educational opportunities for working professionals, Capella has become a national leader in online education, offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. The university's success is built upon a culture that promotes human potential, achievement, innovation, integrity, collaboration, and teamwork. Capella Education Company (CPLA), parent company of Capella University, is publicly traded on the NASDAQ. Capella Education Company was named to the Inc. 500 Hall of Fame for being listed as one of the nation's fastest-growing companies for 7 consecutive years. Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Capella is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We seek greater diversity in our faculty and staff to broaden our academic experience and to reflect the diversity within our learner community. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the university and our corporate offices. Our goal is to create academic and business communities that are rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Capella is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disabled and Protected Veteran employer.  Visit the link below to access the EEO is the Law poster. 

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