So You Want to Be a Nursing Professor

So You Want to Be a Nursing Professor

So You Want to be a Nursing Professor Video Series

33% of Washington’s residents identify as a racial or ethnic minority, but according to recent data, only 18% of Washington’s full-time nursing faculty identify as a racial or ethnic minority. And only 10% identify as male. Diversifying the state’s nursing educator workforce to reflect that of the state’s population is an important step in supporting diverse nursing students and increasing health equity in Washington.

Black young lady in front of a glass board

WCN encourages diverse practicing nurses and nursing students interested in pursuing the nurse educator path to watch this video series.

This video series includes:

  • Video 1 (Part 1): Teaching at a Four-year Public School or Private University: On Overview
  • Video 1 (Part 2): Teaching at a Technical or Two-year College: An Overview
  • Video 2: Teaching at a Four-year Public School or Private University: Beyond the Basics
  • Video 3: Teaching at a Technical or Two-year College: Beyond the Basics
  • Video 4: Service: Leading by Example
  • Video 5: Research/Scholarship: A Deeper Look (R1 institutions vs. other institutions)
  • Video 6: DEI: Working Towards Anti-racism in Nursing Education
  • Video 7: Teaching and Professional Development Support
  • Video 8: Application, Presentation, Interview Overview, and Salary
  • Video 9: Exploring the Nursing Educator Role: Ways to Get Started
  • Video 10: Our Journey into Nursing Education: A Question-and-Answer Session with the Presenters

Watch the short video below to meet the So You Want to be a Profesor video series presenters.

Workshop Details

THANK YOU to all the participants who helped make our 10/25/2023 in person So You Want to Be a Professor Workshop and Networking Event a HUGE Success!

If you missed this workshop, we look forward to hosting another one in 2024. We will post updated details when they become available. THANKS!

Washington State needs more nurse educators!
Can you envision yourself teaching nursing students at a community college, university, or as a clinical instructor? Jumpstart your journey with this unique workshop!

The WCN is committed to creating a strong and diverse nurse faculty workforce. The So You Want to be a Professor Workshop & Networking Event will give participants the opportunity to learn more about the nurse educator role and how to jump-start your journey.

Registration Closed

(Registration is open through Oct 20, 2023. Register today!)

Scholarships available! For more information on scholarships, or the workshop, contact Frank Kohel at

Join us to hear from presenters representing:

  • Four-year colleges and universities
  • Community and technical colleges
  • Urban and rural teaching environments
  • And other industry experts 


DoubleTree Suites by Hilton at Southcenter

16500 Southcenter Parkway Seattle, WA 98188

Who should register? Practicing nurses and nursing students interested in pursuing the nurse educator path can register.
To support greater diversity among Washington’s nursing faculty, WCN also strongly encourages diverse practicing nurses and nursing students interested in pursuing the nurse educator path to register.

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Oregon Nurses Association, an accredited approver of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

To get the most from this workshop, participants are encouraged to watch the WCN SO YOU WANT TO BE A PROFESSOR VIDEO SERIES before the event and bring your questions for our nurse faculty presenters.

Scroll down for more information on the So You Want to be a Professor Video Series

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Identify and reflect on Social and Personal identities and how they impact nurse education.
  • Explore paths and roles of becoming a nursing professor.
  • Discuss belonging as a nursing professor.
  • Explore the impact of social determinants in education.
  • Describe the steps and requirements to apply for a faculty position.
WCN - Washington Center for Nursing

For more information on  the workshop, contact Frank Kohel at

Nursing Faculty Job-Seeking Skills Seminars

As a result of evaluation surveys from the September 2020 So You Want to be a Professor workshop, we learned that participants were also interested in building their job-seeking skills. This feedback led WCN to work with Waldron to develop a series of skills seminars..

WCN is planning for our next seminars and will post more information when it becomes available. Thanks!

Tips for Interview Success Seminar

When: Tue, 11/14/2023, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Zoom

Registration Link: 

Tips for Interview Presentation Success Seminar

When: Tue, 12/12/2023, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Zoom

Registration Link: 

For questions email, email, Frank Kohel, at

More Information on So You Want to Be a Professor

In 2019, WCN piloted a three-day workshop called, So You Want to be a Professor. The goal of these workshops was to increase interest in nursing education as a career, particularly among underrepresented students and practicing nurses.

Nurses smiling and sitting around a conference table

From experienced nursing faculty who represented diverse populations or had experience in nursing workforce diversity and health equity, students learned about how to build a career path towards nursing education including, the unique aspects of nursing education as a career, degree requirements and the variety of practice environments. The 2019 workshops were held at a community and technical college (Green River College), a public research university (University of Washington-Seattle), and a four- year private university (Seattle Pacific University). At the end of the workshop, participants completed a simple evaluation and feedback was very positive. Both faculty and students urged WCN to repeat the workshop.

Now the program is back and enhanced!

So You Want to be a Professor also encourages participation from students and nurses interested in the high demand areas of psych/mental, integrated, and rural health nursing education. 

The experienced pilot workshop faculty will serve as trainers for future workshops and workshops will also be held in central and eastern Washington. WCN coordinates with the Council on Nursing Education in Washington State (CNEWS) to find schools interested in participating in the So You Want to Be a Professor workshops. Thanks to the many schools that have expressed interest in hosting our next round of workshops! 

In addition, the University of Washington is working with WCN to develop a program evaluation, which seeks to measure changes in participant’s attitudes toward nursing education as a career and provide guidance on program improvement.

So You Want to Be a Professor comes from the work of the WCN Diversity Advisory Committee. WCN convenes the WCN Diversity Advisory Committee as an advisory committee formed of leaders from state ethnic nursing associations including; the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Association for Nurses of African Heritage, the Western Washington Chapter of the National Hispanic Nurses Association, the Filipino and Professional Health Care Association of Washington, the Pacific Northwest Chinese Nurses Association and the Samoan Nurses Association. Nurse scholars experienced in the area of equity and diversity also contribute to the committee. This committee is key to developing strategies to increase nursing diversity in nursing education.

Currently, workshop faculty and the WCN Diversity Advisory Committee are meeting with schools interested in the next phase of the program. And WCN will post details (dates, times, locations, etc.) of the next workshops right here as they come available. 

If you have any questions about the workshops or would like to be added to a communication list to receive workshop information updates, please email Frank Kohel at

WCN’s article in the Seattle Times promotes the rewarding career of nurse educators.

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