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Drury is a mid-sized private liberal arts institution founded known for its student-centered approach to education, with approximately 3000 students (including 1,400 traditional full-time, undergraduate students, 1200 undergraduate adult learners and 250 graduate students) and 110 full-time faculty. The University’s rigorous academic environment, intentional professional development experiences, and many professional clubs and organizations produce students who are prepared to be the next generation of leaders in their chosen careers. Drury’s dedicated and conscientious mentoring of students allows them to explore their personalities and many career options to find their best professional paths.

Drury is a member of the New American Colleges and Universities and is regularly recognized by national publications for its high-quality programs, highlighting it as the private university of choice in the Midwest for ambitious students seeking a liberal arts education integrated with selective professional programs. The University has been a catalyst for progressive changes in the region since its inception in 1873, and continues to be a leader in transformative educational experiences.

The university is located in Springfield, Missouri, centered in Springfield’s largest historic district. With more than 456,000 people in the metro area and millions of tourists each year, Springfield is rich with interesting and entertaining attractions, many dining options and a variety of shopping and cultural activities, as well as a plentiful and growing job market, great schools and excellent health care. Among Springfield’s finest assets are its beautiful scenery and clean environment.

Drury University is an open and welcoming community from a rich variety of cultures, races and socio-economic backgrounds. The mission and goals of the university dedicate the institution to being a community which “affirms the quality and worth of all peoples” and appreciates the “diversity of human culture, language, history and experience.”

Drury University does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or veteran status in its programs and activities.

Tenure Track Openings

There are currently no openings in this area. 

Non-Tenure Track Openings

Instructional Designer

Drury University invites qualified applicants to apply for the position of Instructional Designer as a member of our Online Education team. This is a non-tenure track faculty position with the rank of instructor and carries no teaching load. Collaboration is a fundamental component of this position and this department. The candidate must be highly skilled at collaborating with faculty, subject matter experts, administrators, and colleagues. While the ability to work in a team environment will be crucial, so too is the ability to work independently; motivation and initiative are essential. This position requires someone who is organized, can set priorities, and is an effective time manager. Responsibilities include:

  • Provide support to faculty in designing, building, and revising of instructional experiences that positively influence teaching and learning for online courses. This includes recommending the appropriate tools, media, and teaching strategies to accomplish course goals, objectives, and outcomes; assists with the identification, selection, and application of appropriate assessment tools and strategies needed by faculty.
  • Train and support faculty in the effective and efficient use of instructional technology, online tools, course design, and online instruction via workshops, one-on-one sessions, training videos/documents, and other technology-driven formats.
  • Support faculty in effective use of video, synchronous course delivery, and other relevant technology to meet course objectives as well as the technical process and the delivery of the final product in Drury’s LMS.
  • Oversee the course development process, ensuring deadlines are met and online courses adhere to university and accessibility standards.
  • Identify and assist in implementing innovative and effective online learning techniques, as deemed appropriate by academic leadership; explore and provide information to the academic community on emerging technologies.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree Instructional Technologies/Design, Education, Education Technology, or related field
  • 3+ years of experience in instructional design or closely related area
  • In-depth knowledge of multiple LMS systems (Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard, etc.)
  • Experience with graphic design, video editing, micro-learning, responsive design, gamification, simulations, and animation/motion graphics
  • Knowledge of best practices in instructional technologies, online, blended, and face-to-face pedagogy
  • Ability to conduct sound research and bring appropriate innovation to instructors
  • Flexible, upbeat, and energetic self-starter with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to supervise and track multiple ongoing projects simultaneously
  • Excellent public speaking skills, including the ability to provide training sessions for large and small groups
  • Ability to establish and maintain cordial and effective communications with faculty, departments, colleges, and other campus stakeholders

To apply, send a letter of interest, current CV, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Chair, Instructional Designer, Drury University, 900 North Benton Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802. Application materials may be sent electronically as PDF files to Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Drury is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Successful candidates will be able to assist the university in advancing its mission and strategic priorities, which includes institution-wide diversity and inclusiveness. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Director of Didactic Education - Physician Assistant Program

Drury University, in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, is seeking a Director of Didactic Education for their Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program. The MPAS program is slated to begin in August, 2023, and will be the first graduate healthcare program among several planned within the newly established School of Health Sciences at Drury. Reporting to the Founding Program Director, the Director of Didactic Education will be student-centered and have a passion for developing a dynamic didactic program.  Drury is seeking an individual who loves educating students, enjoys the educational process, and works well in a team-oriented environment.

The candidate chosen will be responsible for oversight of all aspects of the didactic phase of the physician assistant program, and provide effective leadership toward meeting program and student learning outcomes.  The Director of Didactic Education will work to ensure the program‘s didactic phase follows all ARC-PA accreditation standards pertaining to didactic training.


  • Master’s degree as a Physician Assistant from an ARC-PA accredited program;
  • Current NCCPA Certification;
  • Eligible for Missouri state licensure as a PA;
  • Three (3) years academic experience (preferred);
  • 3 – 5 years clinical experience (required);
  • Experience in PA/medical classroom teaching;
  • Experience in PA education administration (highly preferred);
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with student and staff populations.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Creating and developing a dynamic curriculum for the academic year;
  • Preparing syllabi consistent with the program mission;
  • Directing didactic program delivery which includes creating and maintaining the didactic year schedule;
  • Course coordination and classroom teaching;
  • Working with faculty to ensure compliance with educational objectives and academic rigor;
  • Recruiting and scheduling of adjunct faculty for didactic courses;
  • Directing and leading test preparation and examination delivery;
  • Advising student academic and professional development;
  • Assisting with data collection and analysis to support the ARC-PA self-assessment;
  • Assisting in the continuous review and compliance of the ARC-PA accreditation process;
  • Serving on committees such as the curriculum committee and academic performance committee;
  • Participating in the admissions process.

Application and Nomination Process:

All correspondence relating to the Director of Didactic Education position at Drury University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant:

Mr. Jamie Marcus, Senior Associate Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

The full and complete application should contain the following information:

1) A cover letter highlighting your professional experience;
2) A complete CV outlining your career in higher education and within health-related areas; and
3) The names of five professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers. References will be contacted only after written permission is received from the finalist.

Applications submitted by October 15, 2021, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

Adjunct (per course) Teaching Opportunities

Occasionally we have a need for qualified instructors in specific disciplines to each on a contract-base appointment a semester at a time.

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Approved by Board of Trustees 5-16-14
Updated 10-1-15, 9-1-16, 9-1-19

Drury University is an open and welcoming community from a rich variety of cultures, races and socio-economic backgrounds. The mission and goals of the university dedicate the institution to being a community which “affirms the quality and worth of all peoples” and appreciates the “diversity of human culture, language, history and experience.”

Drury University does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or veteran status in its programs and activities. The University has designated the following administrators to coordinate inquiries regarding its efforts to carry out this policy, to comply with federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, and to receive complaints of discrimination and harassment.

Interim Title IX Coordinator 
Director – Student Conduct
Drury University
900 North Benton Avenue
Findlay Student Center– Room 120
(417) 873-6894

Deputy Coordinator – Non-Discrimination/Harassment & Title IX
V.P. for Student Affairs / Dean of Students
Drury University
900 North Benton Avenue
Findlay Student Center – Room 201
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 873-7215

Drury’s policies related to non-discrimination and their locations are as follows:

Annual Security Report Statement

The university will comply with the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” (commonly known as the “Clery Act”). Drury University is a safe, education-oriented and community-minded campus that maintains an academic and social environment conducive to intellectual and personal development of students and promotes the safety and welfare of all members of the campus community. Drury University is concerned for the safety and well-being of its students, employees and citizens. Drury University will cooperate with authorities in the enforcement of all applicable laws. Copies of the report are available upon request.  Requests can be made at the Safety and Security Office, Findlay Student Center Room 101.  For the complete report visit