Assistant Dean - NAU Online

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 21, 2020
Employment Type
Full 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.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Furlough/Pay Reduction Program

Northern Arizona University has implemented a salary reduction with personal flex time program in fiscal year 2021, as a result of COVID-19. It is possible for this position to be subject to this program. Details can be found on the
HR website .

Job Description

Strategizes and manages NAU Online projects and initiatives related to high-quality innovative programs and course offerings such as Personalized Learning and micro-credentials

  • Lead continued development of faculty, student, and program resources with regard to HQOLE (High Quality Online Education)
  • Serve on Steering Committee for Online Teaching and Learning
  • Facilitate implementation of pending Expectations for Teaching Online at NAU
  • Provide timely and transparent communications to unit, division and beyond to insure transparency and awareness of activities, project status, and upcoming opportunities

Promotes teaching excellence at NAU

  • Collaborate with teaching-oriented staff in other Vice Provost areas on initiatives that celebrate teaching excellence to inspire and motivate other faculty to foster student success through online teaching and learning experiences
  • Teach one online course each academic year to remain current in faculty teaching experiences
  • Research and disseminate best practices in the design and teaching of online, blended and in-person courses to support student success and reduce the achievement gap
  • Review research on effective teaching approaches by reading current publications and attending conferences and webinars
  • Work with faculty and/or department chairs to adopt online teaching strategies that result in high quality teaching and learning experiences for student success
  • Support the development of structures and programs to support ongoing quality online teaching, such as faculty mentoring programs, review and refresh cycles for online and innovative courses and programs, and other program-level processes to support online faculty and student success

Provides project management and oversite to the expansion of existing and development of new online and in-person academic programming, including:

  • Developing and maintaining project scope, plans, expectations, outcomes and timelines
  • Assisting with the identification and development of new academic programs
  • Strategize and help manage NAU Online projects and initiatives related to high-quality online, blended, and web-enhanced course design and facilitation, specifically, help develop and refine instructional design team processes and documentation

Other projects and activities as needed

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Education, or related field; AND
  • experience teaching online; AND
  • experience with project management

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate in education or related area
  • A record of commitment to student success through effective teaching and other student related activities.
  • The equivalent of two years (4 semesters) of college-level teaching or other relevant professional experience
  • T he successful candidate will be committed to supporting and enhancing a culturally rich and diverse learning environment.
  • The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Creative, thoughtful, and curious leader who has a track record of success; prepared to work across a diverse set of disciplines, bridging a wide range of expertise, with a demonstrated ability to work with agility, efficiency, and diplomacy in a dynamic environment. Additionally, we seek:

  • Self-starter with an ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, and enthusiasm in a fast-paced and complex internal and external environment
  • Proven program and partner management skills: successful track record of leading or managing multiple projects simultaneously, ability to coordinate inputs from many people, to track progress against targets and identify barriers to progress, to plan agendas and facilitate meetings that involve group problem-solving
  • Experience in the implementation of creative solutions to guide group processes (e.g., managing conflict and encouraging alignment)
  • Tolerance for ambiguity and ability to apply structure to simplify complex problems
  • Demonstrated excellence in influence and leadership, ability to build trust, is a team leader and player who motivates and educates other team members and understands the value of interpersonal relationship building
  • Strong listening, verbal, and written communication skills, able to effectively calibrate input and synthesize information to connect with diverse audiences
  • Commitment to our core values, mission and goals with an approach that is consistent with the institution’s guiding principles while holding oneself to the highest ethical standards

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

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements.

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.


This is an Administrative Faculty (ADF) 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 .

Administrative 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 November 5, 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 , follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 605099, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy or copies of recent teaching evaluations; and (4) names and contact information for three references. 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: 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.