Appointment, Promotion or Tenure for Nursing Faculty

Degree requirements for eligibility for hiring, tenure and promotion for Nursing faculty are either:

  • the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with advanced practice nursing licensure or professional certification which signifies excellence in the practice of professional nursing; or
  • a doctoral degree from an accredited graduate program in nursing or related field.

In addition, for tenure Nursing faculty must meet the criteria for tenure as outlined on under Consideration for Tenure. Ongoing scholarship is expected of nurses as defined in this manual and as clarified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s statement of March 15, 1999, entitled “Defining Scholarship for the Discipline of Nursing.”

Definition of Scholarship in Nursing: Scholarship in nursing can be defined as those activities that systematically advance the teaching, research, and practice of nursing through rigorous inquiry that 1) is significant to the profession, 2) is creative, 3) can be documented, 4) can be replicated or elaborated and 5) [is] …peer-reviewed…

This policy statement has been developed to provide for high quality instruction from a diversely prepared faculty; to reflect the curricular demands of the nursing department; and to assure appropriate and flexible responses by Berea College to the staffing realities of the national nursing faculty community. The policy became effective on June 15, 1999.