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The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is committed to attracting world-class faculty to advance the school's mission and vision. Explore this webpage to learn more about open positions.

Job Description

About us:

Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (SON) produces nurse leaders who are transforming health care through science, education, practice, and policy world-wide. The school has 320 bachelors, 178 masters, and 18 DNP students and 27 doctoral students. Bachelor’s degree graduates go on to become national and international leaders in patient care, public health, government, and education. Master’s degree graduates are qualified to seek certification as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and/or clinical nurse specialists. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program offers post-baccalaureate and post-master's options in two specialty tracks: health systems leadership and population health. The school’s PhD program focuses on clinical research. The school's doctoral (PhD) program focuses on clinical research, with emphasis on health outcomes, health policy and ethics. U.S. News & World Report ranked the school’s graduate programs 8th overall, the family nurse practitioner program 10h, and its nurse midwifery program 15th in the nation. The school has approximately 75 full-time faculty, and students can learn from adjunct faculty at some 300 clinical sites, including an alternative winter/spring break in five countries and a multiuniversity, multidisciplinary summer program with Georgia migrant farmworkers. The school has over 7,000 alumni. The DNP, Nurse Anesthesia Track is a 36-month, 86-credit hour, full-time program. Graduates earn a DNP degree with a specialty in nurse anesthesia. The Health Systems Leadership focus of our established DNP program provides students with a foundation of business, leadership, and practice skills to expand their practice on graduation. This newly established track is in the final states of the accreditation processes. The first class is expected to enroll in August 2017.

Assistant Program Director role and responsibilities:

The Assistant CRNA Program Director, as faculty in the Nurse Anesthesia Specialty Track, assists the CRNA Program Director and contributes important clinical and educational leadership for the specialty track within the DNP program (12-month). The Assistant Program Director is responsible for the clinical site planning, recruiting of sites and preceptors, student placements, communication with sites, and students credentialing. They are responsible for collaborating with the Program Director to develop and evaluate clinical sites. The Assistant Program Director is expected to participate in clinical scholarship and leadership in the School of Nursing and within their specialty organizations. The Assistant CRNA Program Director is experientially qualified to assist the Program Director and assume leadership responsibilities for the program when the Program Director is absent.

Assistant CRNA Program Director is expected to:

  • Assist the program director in the operationalization of the curriculum and program.
  • Assumes primary accountability for clinical site recruitment, development and evaluation.
  • Recruits, orients, develops and evaluates preceptors in clinical sites.
  • Places students in clinical sites to assure that the learning needs and required experiences with sites, populations, and procedures are met.
  • Works with the Clinical site/Placement coordinator to ensure hospital, clinical site and preceptor information is entered and maintained in shared database (Typhon) including the evaluation of each.
  • Ensures clinical placement agreements, student credentials, and appropriate faculty site visitors are in place.
  • Design and provide expert instruction for CRNA preparation through didactic, simulation, clinical and innovative approaches.
  • Serve as a role model for scholarship in clinical or educational research including evidence based guidelines, quality improvement, and other projects, and dissemination of results through manuscripts and presentations.
  • Participate in local, regional, and national specialty organizations to be current on environmental issues that may impact the nurse anesthesia program and practice.
  • Maintain specialty certification credentials
  • Maintain active practice
  • Serves as the program director in the absence of the Program Director and if required, assumes leadership responsibilities for the program

Minimum requirements:

The Assistant CRNA Program Director must hold a terminal doctoral degree (DNP, PhD) from an accredited school, licensure as a registered professional nurse and Advanced Practice Nurse in Georgia and active CRNA certification/recertification by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).  Formal instruction in curriculum, evaluation, and instruction is also required.

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Job Description

The Specialty Coordinator, Pediatric Acute Care, provides vital leadership for the pediatric acute care nurse practitioner specialty within the MSN program.  The Specialty Coordinator would have primary responsibility for the planning, implementing, evaluating, and managing of this graduate specialty major, including mentoring of specialty faculty, advising students, and collaborating with the clinical site coordinators to develop and evaluate clinical sites in collaboration with the specialty coordinator for the pediatric primary care nurse practitioner program.  The Specialty Coordinator is accountable for the viability, quality, legal and professional compliance of the specialty.  The Specialty Coordinator is expected to be a role model for clinical scholarship and leadership in the School and within their specialty organizations.  The Specialty Coordinator would work closely with the Associate Dean for Graduate Education regarding the day-to-day management and implementation of the program, as well as curricular, programmatic, and student issues, and with the Associate Dean for Academic Advancement on other aspects of their faculty role.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Must hold a doctorate in nursing or related field
  • Must be licensed or eligible for licensure as an RN/APRN in the State of Georgia
  • Five or more years of Pediatric Acute Care clinical practice and education experience. 
  • Prior leadership experience in an academic setting and 
  • Prior program coordination experience preferred.

Additional Job Details

Apply online by providing current CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references.

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The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is committed to attracting diverse world-class faculty to advance the School’s mission to educate visionary nurse leaders and scholars, generate and apply knowledge, and transform nursing, health, and systems of health care within the local and global community. We are seeking applications for tenured, tenure-track, and clinical positions. We invite inquiries from doctorally-prepared scholars with diverse research, teaching, and clinical expertise, particularly with areas of specialization in (but not limited to): 

  • Adult/Gerontology Acute Care 
  • Global Health 
  • Informatics 
  • Health Policy 
  • Nurse-Midwifery 
  • Pathology 
  • Pediatrics (Primary and Acute Care) 

As an integral part of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University, the School of Nursing maintains and seeks to extend research leadership and collaborative relationships with Emory’s strong interdisciplinary initiatives in: 

  • Cardiovascular Health 
  • Genetics/Genomics 
  • Neuroscience 
  • Palliative Care 

The School provides many other interdisciplinary collaborative opportunities, including with colleagues in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, Emory’s College of Arts and Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Appointments may be made at the ranks of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor, commensurate with experience. Candidates for consideration as Associate Professor or Professor should have an excellent record of research/scholarship as demonstrated by history of sustained grant funding and/or demonstrated excellence in teaching. Candidates who are nurses must hold or be eligible for licensure in the State of Georgia. 

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For more information, please contact: 

Sandra Dunbar, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAHA, FPCNA 
Associate Dean for Academic Advancement 
Email: sbdunba@emory.edu
Phone: 404.727.6939

Full and part time clinical instructors are sought for clinical teaching activities. Preferential appointments are made for those with or pursuing a terminal degree, and teaching experience. A master’s degree in Nursing and eligibility for Georgia licensure and advanced practice licensure, if appropriate, are required. Interested candidates should send: a cover letter describing specific interest in an academic position, research and/or teaching areas, and summary of accomplishments; current curriculum vitae; and, contact information for three references.

For more information about tenure/tenure track, and clinical track faculty positions, and clinical instructor positions, please contact:

Sandra B. Dunbar, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAHA
Associate Dean for Academic Advancement
Email: sbdunba@emory.edu
Phone: 404.727.6939

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is seeking applications for a Clinical Instructor to provide instruction on pharmacology as part of the BSN degree program.  Candidates must hold a PharmD or PhD in Pharmacology.  For full position description, please see the Pharmacology Instructor position description

Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to Dr. Angela Amar, Assistant Dean for BSN Education, at angela.amar@emory.edu.  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSN) seeks qualified candidates for Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner clinical track faculty opportunities available immediately.  The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is one of 6 programs in the nation to enter a 5 year partnership agreement with corresponding Veterans Administration (VA) facilities to establish strong interprofessional Primary Care Adult Gerontology NP coursework and faculty development devoted to enhancing Veteran Centric health care.  Successful candidates will work as integral team members to develop and implement this VA centric curriculum in primary care, and to initiate a nurse residency curriculum/practice as an ongoing program at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.  In addition, successful candidates would engage in faculty practice development between the Atlanta VAMC and NHWSN.


  • DNP prepared
  • Eligible for, or holding, Georgia nursing licensure
  • Current Adult and/or Geriatric NP certification
  • Proven content expertise, strategic thinking, leadership, and innovation.

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  • Current CV
  • Cover letter describing specific interest in the position
  • Contact information for three references

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Please direct any questions to Phyllis Wright, DNP, VANAP-GE program director (phyllis.p.wright@emory.edu).

This National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) funded training program prepares pre-doctoral and post-doctoral nurse scientists to develop and test interventions to improve health outcomes of persons with or at risk for chronic conditions such as cardiovascular and neurological diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus, HIV-AIDS, and asthma/COPD. Learn more about the T32 Nurse Training Grant