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Factors Influencing Part-time Faculty Engagement With Online Nursing Programs

Reneau, Margaret, PhD, RN; Wallace, Cara, PhD, RN; Claywell, Lora, PhD, RN; Price, Jill, PhD, RN; Burdi, Melissa, DNP, RN; Trybulski, Joanne, PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000517
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This research investigated factors that influenced the engagement of part-time faculty teaching in online nursing programs with their institutions. Of the 257 part-time faculty surveyed, the most significant factor was being supported in decisions regarding student issues, followed by institutional commitment to quality online education. Compensation was moderately influential; a negative factor was requiring too frequent meetings. Understanding factors that influence the engagement of part-time faculty teaching in online nursing programs can help leaders of online programs attract and retain experienced, highly skilled faculty.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professor and Director of Online Operations (Dr Reneau), School of Nursing, Saint Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois; Professor of DNP Program (Dr Wallace), Director, Nursing Graduate Programs (Dr Price), Director, Post Licensure Operations (Dr Burdi), and Director, DNP Program (Dr Trybulski), Chamberlain College of Nursing, Chamberlain University, Downers Grove, Illinois; Professor and Affiliate Faculty Coordinator (Dr Claywell), Graduate and Post Licensure Nursing, Regis University, Denver, Colorado.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Reneau, Saint Xavier University, 3700 W 103rd St, Chicago, IL 60655 (

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Accepted for publication: January 5, 2018

Published ahead of print: March 28, 2018

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