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Assistant Teaching Professor in Geography, Planning and Recreation

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Sep 23, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Other Business & Management
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
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Full Time
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Assistant Teaching Professor in Geography, Planning and Recreation

Location: Geography, Planning&Recreation
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606610
Full/Part Time: 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.

Special Information

The Geography, Planning and Recreation Department offers an array of degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level, including our newly redesigned Geography, Environment and Society BS degree, which also includes multiple minors, including Urban Planning and Design, Critical Sustainability Studies, GIS, Physical Geography, and Regional Geography. Our program also has a Geography master's degree, an accelerated Geographic Information Science with Remote Sensing online master's degree, and graduate certificates in Community Planning and GIS. Our department has 16 faculty and an inviting, convivial atmosphere.

Our department, and the university more broadly, has a strong commitment to sustainability and justice. President Cruz-Rivera's Elevating Excellence strategic plan calls for equitable social and economic impacts. He recently announced a campus climate emergency and a carbon neutrality commitment by 2030. The university has initiated a climate action planning process and has strong ties to the City of Flagstaff regarding sustainability and climate action. Starting in fall of 2023, NAU will offer free tuition to resident students with household incomes of less than $65,000 per year.

Our department, college, and the university have a strong commitment to teaching stream faculty. During Summer 2022, the university implemented an overhauled and more formalized teaching professor track and professor of practice track. These both include three promotion steps (i.e., assistant, associate, and full). Furthermore, teaching stream faculty currently hold department chair and assistant/associate dean positions in our college. Teaching stream faculty can and do serve as department representatives on the faculty senate.

Job Description

The Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation at Northern Arizona University is seeking a full-time Assistant Teaching Professor, with an appointment beginning in August 2023. We seek an urban geographer, or someone with related skills, with expertise in environmental justice at the intersection of urban sustainability. This is a non-tenure eligible position teaching 4 courses per semester. The position is expected to be on-going and has the opportunity for promotion and advancement. Renewal is contingent on performance, continued funding and program need.

The successful applicant will teach designated General Studies courses in the recently redesigned Geography, Environment and Society Program. These include Introduction to Planning along with courses such as Introduction to Human Geography, World Regional Geography and Geography of the United States, ranging from 30-130 students. In addition, the applicant may have the opportunity to teach upper-division and graduate urban planning related courses. We are especially interested in candidates who complement the university's and department's efforts to advance diverse perspectives, equity, and inclusion while engaging students, faculty, and external stakeholders on challenging issues critical to a just and sustainable society. This position affords the successful applicant the opportunity to develop innovative curriculum and possibly new courses in their area of expertise and play a leadership role in our unit to strengthen our urban, sustainability, and justice focused curriculum.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in geography or related discipline by August 2023

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated effectiveness and interest in teaching (e.g., student reviews, professional development activities)
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in designing and teaching introductory geography, planning or similar courses
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in urban geography or urban studies
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in city planning
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in environmental justice, social vulnerability or other equity and justice related fields
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in using broad social theories to understand urban social and environmental problems
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in community engagement
  • Evidence of professional and educational commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity
  • Evidence of success in working in diverse communities with faculty, staff, and students

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 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 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 intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

As of 12/10/21, the Safer Federal Workforce employee vaccination requirement is currently suspended pending the outcome of a federal court-issued injunction. This injunction has suspended the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. For current status of the vaccine requirement and/or questions, please visit FAQs for Employee Vaccination Requirement.

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 as this campus has 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 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.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

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

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on October 24, 2022.

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 606610, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position (recommended two pages); (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy including evidence of teaching effectiveness or interest and commitment to diversity and inclusion (recommended two pages); (4) names and contact information for three professional references that can speak to the candidate's teaching and student engagement. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents. Inquiries can be made to Dr. Jessica R. Barnes, Search Committee Chair, Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation, 19 W. McConnell Drive, PO Box 15016, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5016. Email: Phone: 928-523-2431.

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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