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Practical Nursing Instructor - Philip SD

Western Dakota Technical Institute

Job Description

Position Description

To instruct students in the Practical Nursing Program located in Philip, SD. The instructional program occurs in a classroom lecture, lab and clinical settings, and prepares students to work in the practical nursing field. 

Position Essential Duties

Mastery of Subject Matter

Demonstrate a thorough and accurate knowledge of their field or discipline.
Display an ability to interpret and evaluate the theories of their field or discipline.
Connect their subject matter with related fields.
Stay current in their subject matter through professional development, involvement in professional organizations, and attending professional meetings, conferences, or workshops.
Reviews and reports on the program's content and assessment to meet Higher Learning Commission requirements.
Learn and use technology to enhance teaching and the educational experience when appropriate.

Teaching Performance

Teach a course load as outlined in the Faculty Work Agreement.
Plan and organize instruction in ways that maximize documented student learning.
Employ appropriate teaching and learning strategies to communicate subject matter to students.
Modify, where appropriate, instructional methods and strategies to meet diverse student needs.
Employ available instructional technology, i.e. the internet, interactive technology, simulation when appropriate.
Encourage the development of communication skills and higher order thinking skills through appropriate assignments.
Contribute to the selection and development of instructional materials in accordance with course objectives.
Incorporate core competencies into curriculum.
Promote student success by building positive interpersonal relationships with staff, students and colleagues at WDT.
Develop, update and post course syllabi in a timely manner.

Evaluation of Student Learning

Establish meaningful student/program learning outcomes for courses/program.
Develop and explain methods that fairly measure student progress toward student/program learning outcomes.
Create an annual program learning outcome plan and complete all assessment cycle requirements.
Evaluate student performance fairly and consistently and return student work promptly to promote maximum learning.
Maintain accurate records of student progress and submit final grade rosters as required after each class according to established deadlines.
Demonstrate sensitivity to student needs and circumstances.

Support of School's Policies and Procedures

Teach classes as assigned.
Perform job responsibilities as outlined in faculty handbook.
Adhere to FERPA regulations.
Substitute for other instructors within field or discipline in case of an absence.
Exercise stewardship of school's facilities and materials.
Record and provide attendance data in accordance with school's policies and procedures.

Participation in Western Dakota Tech Program Activities

Serve on committees as assigned
Participate in meetings and events required by WDT administrators
Respond in a timely fashion to information requests from colleagues and administrators.
Support both part-time and full-time colleagues.
Contribute to program curriculum development processes and assessment.
Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills in communication with students, colleagues, staff and administrators as an individual or as a part of a team.

Contribution to Growth and Enhancement of School's Mission and Programs

Maintain familiarity with school's strategic goals, mission, and long-range plans.
Contribute to planning and development processes through appropriate mechanisms and channels.
Participate in professional activities that contribute to the educational goals of the school and its constituents.
Perform professional responsibilities in accordance with pertinent goals, missions, and plans of the program.

This position description in no way states or implies that the responsibilities and tasks are the only essential functions to be performed. The employee occupying this position will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other job-related duties as required by his/her supervisor. All tasks assigned must be performed on a daily basis which requires regular and consistent attendance.



Bachelor's Degree required, Master's Degree preferred, and a minimum of three years of related practical nursing industry work experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience necessary to successfully perform the essential functions of the work required in practical nursing. SD Registered Nursing license and driver's license required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Proficient in skills as they relate to the program's operations.
  • Work well under pressure.
  • Take the initiative.
  • Fundamentals of curriculum design and development.
  • Fundamentals of classroom management.
  • WDT and District policies and procedures.
  • Fundamentals and principles of learning in addition to teaching methodologies.
  • Methods and techniques used in student assessment, students in classroom and lab settings.
  • Program development, assessment and implementation of procedures and practices.
  •  Ability to counsel and instruct students in a professional manner and appearance.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in all group sizes.
  • Demonstrated ability in oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated expertise in project management and problem solving.
  • Ability to organize, manage and complete timeline projects over multiple-year periods.                                                                                                                                      


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