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Assistant Professor - Social Work

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 17, 2022

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Assistant Professor - Social Work

Location: Social Work
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606688
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

Northern Arizona University seeks dynamic candidates for one tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level for fall 2023, within our Department of Social Work, which has both a CSWE accredited BSW program and MSW program.

Job Description

We are seeking candidates with a well-developed research agenda in one of the following broadly defined areas: Research and practice focus in areas of health disparities, health services, substance abuse, micro and macro practice, child, maternal, and family health policy, substance exposed newborns, prevention and early intervention, risk/resilience, child abuse and neglect, elder health, health issues with disenfranchised or special populations, and/or health across the lifespan.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate excellence in scholarship, teaching, community engagement, and commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social and economic justice, as well as demonstrated leadership skills essential for mentoring bachelors and masters-level students. We seek candidates with the interest and capacity to assume leadership roles within the department, a demonstrated track record of collegial teamwork, as well as an interest and capacity to engage with students in NAU's Interdisciplinary Health PhD program. Qualifications include a minimum of three years of social work practice experience beyond the M.S.W. degree, experience and interest in curricular innovations.

The Northern Arizona University Social Work Department offers a CSWE-accredited BSW degree and MSW program degree. We employ a cohort model and are committed to utilizing technology and service learning as methods within our curriculum. This is a nine (9) month position that includes teaching a 3/2 social work course load per academic year, student mentoring, and program service activities, including committees, curriculum development, and program planning. This position is tenure eligible, at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program.
  • An earned doctorate or Ph.D. in social work or a closely aligned field are required by position start date.
  • Evidence of ability to teach in at least one core curriculum area (e.g. research methods, clinical practice, macro, policy).
  • Experience working with ethnically and culturally diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three or more years direct social work practice experience in clinical, health, behavioral health, substance abuse, and/or aging.Successful record of university teaching.
  • Demonstrated ability, interest, and active involvement in scholarly activity with potential for external funding.
  • Experience with curriculum development and/or building online courses.
  • Demonstrated capacity to assume leadership roles.
  • Experience working with Indigenous/Native populations of the Southwest.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.

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.

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 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.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on November 14, 2022, with weekly review 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 606688, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a letter of interest identifying the position for which they are applying and addressing minimum and preferred qualifications; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) copies of recent teaching or annual evaluations; (5) a sample of professional or academic writting; (6) three letters of reference; (7) names and contact information for three professional references; (8) unofficial transcripts of graduate coursework; and (9) include a statement describing past experiences with and/or potential for tuture commitment to mentoring a diverse studetn body through teaching and/or research, scholarship and service endeavors supporting diverse populations within the larger community. 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.

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