Northern Arizona University — Associate Professor / Professor, ­Ethnic Studies

Job ID

Ethnic Studies

Full/Part Time


Workplace Culture
NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence.

Special Information
The Ethnic Studies Program at Northern Arizona University invites applications for Associate Professor or Professor of Ethnic Studies with an expertise in African American Studies, and academic leadership potential to begin August 2019.

This position is not eligible for sponsorship now or in the future.

Job Description
Areas of research are open, but could include queer Black studies, Black feminisms, Black Cinema, Black social movements, the Black Southwest, Black geographies, Black popular culture, Hip Hop, and/or Blackness and Indigeneity. The position includes teaching introductory African American Studies courses, as well as advanced courses in the applicant’s area of expertise.

The successful candidate will be expected to serve as future director of the Ethnic Studies Program. The faculty seek a collaborative, supportive colleague who can demonstrate effective academic leadership for Ethnic Studies. As a leader and member of Ethnic Studies, the successful candidate will collaborate with other Program faculty to promote student achievement and other goals of the Ethnic Studies Program.

The Ethnic Studies Program at NAU is comprised of faculty with a compelling and passionate commitment to student success. The faculty represent a cross­disciplinary group of scholar­activists, engaged in interdisciplinary teaching and research which reaches into communities outside of the university. Ethnic Studies is continuing to grow, attracting nearly 100 students in its minor, and its curriculum contributes substantively to the university’s U.S. Ethnic Diversity and Global Diversity graduation requirements. The program aspires to develop additional programs, while furthering the goals and fulfilling the mission of the College of Social Behavioral Sciences and Northern Arizona University as a whole.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Applicant must have earned a Ph.D. or Doctorate in African American Studies, Ethnic Studies, or related field.
  • Scholarly/Research accomplishments, including publications, grants, research or other research products, commensurate with appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
    • For the Associate Professor position, five years of full­time experience at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with a record of sustained research activity
    • For the Professor position, eight years of full­time experience at the Assistant and Associate Professor level with a record of sustained research activity
  • Teaching experience in an African American Studies or Ethnic Studies related field in higher education is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of strong African American focused research accomplishments and agenda, commensurate with rank.
  • Demonstrated engagement and/or activism within African American communities.
  • Evidence of leadership success in an academic­based environment.
  • Experience in curriculum and program development.
  • Prepared to teach introductory African American Studies and related Ethnic Studies courses, as well as advanced courses in the applicant’s area of expertise.
  • Excellence in multicultural, intersectional, and inclusive teaching practices.
  • Commitment to collaboration and interdisciplinarity.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion goals of the college.

General Information
Northern Arizona University has a student population of 31,073, including approximately 23,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on­campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

Background Information
Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E­Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees’ right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year the Northern Arizona University Police Department releases an annual security report. The report is a result of the federal law known as the Clery Act and contains policy statements that address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security including policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses. The report contains three years of data for Clery reportable crime statistics for the campus along with the most current year’s Fire Safety Report, which includes policy statements and fire statistics for Flagstaff on­campus student housing.

The report may be viewed at or by visiting the NAUPD website. A printed copy of the report is available upon request by contacting the NAU Police Department, Records Department at (928)523­8884 or by visiting the department at Building 98A on the NAU Mountain Campus.

Commensurate with academic credentials and experience.

This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU’s BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment.

If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long­term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long­term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Submission Deadline
This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Priority review of applications will begin on April 15, 2019, with weekly reviews thereafter.

How to Apply
To apply for this position, please click on the “Apply” button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the ‘Faculty and Administrator Openings’ link, locate vacancy 604183, and then “Apply” at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a cover letter describing your qualifications and relevant experience for the position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) unofficial graduate transcripts; (4) course evaluations; (5) two sample syllabi; (6) sample of scholarship; (7) a statement of teaching philosophy and demonstrated commitment to diversity (max. one page); (8) a statement of research trajectory (max one page); and (9) three letters of reference. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928­523­3312/TDD 928­523­1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status
This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.