Olajos-Goslow Chair in Environmental Science and Policy

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 12, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Workplace Culture

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Job Description

Northern Arizona University seeks an internationally recognized scholar and leader in ecology and conservation biology to fill the Charles Olajos and Ted Goslow Chair in Environmental Science and Policy. The Olajos-Goslow Chair provides interdisciplinary leadership and national stature to NAU’s demonstrated strengths in ecological science, conservation, and environmental policy. The endowed position provides considerable independence and flexibility for developing innovative approaches to conservation.

NAU is located on the Colorado Plateau, a region of exceptional geological, biological, and cultural diversity located in the Four Corners area of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado. The Olajos-Goslow Chair was established in 2011 to lead interdisciplinary efforts linking the university with others working to safeguard the Plateau’s globally significant biocultural diversity. The Chair builds partnerships to foster collaborative research programs, public policy initiatives, and environmental conservation efforts, thereby providing effective teaching, research, and training opportunities for NAU students. The next person to hold the Olajos Goslow Chair will develop a geographic focus on the arid Southwest, including the Four Corners states and the Colorado Plateau, in particular.

The Chair will hold the rank of Professor or Associate Professor in the School of Earth and Sustainability. The ideal candidate will have a track record of innovation, interdisciplinary practice, and student engagement, leading to tangible outcomes advancing the conservation of biodiversity. They will demonstrate the ability to apply research in the social dimensions of environmental conservation, including fostering relationships among federal, state, and/or Tribal land and resource management agencies and offices. They will be an effective oral and written communicator, a trusted source of credible science, and a skilled facilitator of collaborative efforts. They will prioritize NAU’s efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion while engaging students, faculty, and external stakeholders on challenging issues critical to a just and sustainable society .

The Olajos-Goslow Chair will oversee programs that reach across and beyond the NAU campus to foster environmental conservation by :

  1. Developing a research program addressing conservation and intersectional environmental issues on the Colorado Plateau and regionally
  2. Linking rigorous science with policy and management initiatives, through partnerships with academic institutions, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations
  3. Contributing to educational efforts at NAU through field classes, student engagement, and targeted contributions to traditional classroom teaching
  4. Pursuing diversity-centered learning, service, and scholarship, both within the university and through partnerships
  5. Linking with regional colleges and universities to expand and strengthen the academic community in environmental science and policy, while advancing a culturally competent network of environmental practitioners

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned doctoral degree in ecology, conservation biology, environmental science, or closely related field
  • A scholarly record commensurate with appointment at the level of Professor or Associate Professor
  • Evidence of scholarship, teaching, and community engagement that connects current scientific understanding with policy development advancing environmental conservation and sustainability

Preferred Qualifications

  • Record of high-impact scholarship and contributions in ecology and/or conservation biology
  • Demonstrated ability to work across multiple disciplines and foster collaboration between the natural and social sciences
  • A record of academic success and demonstrated potential for innovation, informed by science, in policy development and/or environmental management
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds, especially Native American and Latinx populations
  • Demonstrated success in seeking and securing external funds
  • Success in developing and sustaining effective work teams, including mentoring of students, postdoctoral scholars, and university employees
  • Experience leading efforts within the conservation profession and/or academia to advance inclusion and access across race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, and sexual orientation
  • Experience in development and leadership of interdisciplinary degree programs, curricula, or educational projects

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. NAU carefully balances teaching, scholarship and service 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 that extend to such national concerns as forest health and bioterrorism. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus 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 the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.

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 E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report . The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with experience and qualifications.


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 long-term 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 long-term 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. Review of applications will begin on November 30, 2020.

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 nau.jobs , follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 605090, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application materials should include two personal statements and a cover letter. The statements should focus on: 1) a description of the applicant’s career path and trajectory, highlighting challenges and accomplishments, and describing the applicant’s vision for this position; and 2) an account of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, regardless of personal characteristics and background. In addition, the applicant should submit a current CV and the names of, and contact information for, five references, including at least one who is able to address the applicant’s record with respect to impact outside academia, and one who can address the applicant’s prior engagement on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 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.

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