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Lecturer or Assistant Teaching Professor (Nutrition)

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 28, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Nutrition
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Lecturer or Assistant Teaching Professor (Nutrition)

Location: Health Sciences
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606617
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Special Information

The Department of Health Sciences, within the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at Northern Arizona University, invites applicants for a full-time (9-month) non-tenure-track faculty position at the Lecturer (Masters degree required) or Assistant Teaching Professor (Doctoral degree required) level in our Nutrition and Foods Program. The position will also include the title, roles and responsibilities of the Masters in Public Health Nutrition Program Coordinator. The position begins August 2023. The successful applicant will have the expertise to teach both residential and online courses on three or more of the following topics: Nutrition Communications, Nutrition Research, Culinary Arts, Food Science, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Public Health/Community Nutrition.

Job Description

This is a full-time, non-tenure eligible faculty position, requiring a balance of teaching (80%) and service (20%). Teaching load for this position is typically 12 credits (4 courses) per semester. In addition to quality teaching, the successful candidate will be expected to actively participate in Department, College/University, and Community/Professional service related to the roles and responsibilities as Coordinator of the Masters in Public Health Nutrition Program. These roles and responsibilities include: student advising and mentorship; oversight of ACEND accreditation policies, procedures, and processes; student placement in supervised experiential learning rotations; program recruitment and review; community collaboration and partnerships. Both teaching and service loads are adjusted accordingly to support coordinator duties. Research and other forms of scholarship activity are not an expectation for this position, and reassigned time will not be allocated for research activities.

NAU affirms the importance and critical need for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) in higher education and we seek to hire an individual with a strong track record of engagement with DEIJ in their professional endeavors.

Minimum Qualifications

Lecturer Rank:
  • Masters degree in Nutrition and Foods/Dietetics, Culinary Arts, Food Science Clinical Nutrition, or a related field.
  • University or community college teaching experience as the primary instructor of record.
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Credential.
  • Five or more years of professional experience as an RDN.
  • Complete Application packet (see below 1-6 under “How to Apply”).

Assistant Teaching Professor Rank:
  • Earned doctoral degree in Nutrition and Foods/Dietetics, Culinary Arts, Food Science, Clinical Nutrition, or a related field (ABD may be considered if degree completion will happen within 6 months. In such a case initial appointment would be as an instructor with lower salary until the terminal degree is conferred).
  • University or community college teaching experience as the primary instructor of record.
  • Experience with curriculum design and assessment.
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Credential.
  • Three or more years of professional experience as an RDN.
  • Complete Application packet (see below 1-6 under “How to Apply”).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two or more years full-time teaching in a university setting (both residential and online) as the primary instructor of record.
  • Experience as a director or coordinator of an academic, internship, and/or supervised experiential learning program.
  • Experience with a Learning Management System, such as Canvas or Blackboard, as well as other online learning platforms.
  • Evidence of teaching at multiple levels of the curriculum (lower 100/200 level classes, upper 300/400 level classes, and/or graduate-level classes).
  • Evidence of working and interacting with people from a wide variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.

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

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.

The Department of Health Sciences serves approximately 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students within the College of Health and Human Services. The department is a true multidisciplinary unit, providing six different undergraduate degree programs in five unique disciplines (Public Health, Nutrition and Foods, Allied Health, Fitness Wellness, and Physical Education Teacher Education), along with the Master of Public Health degree, and collaboration in an Interdisciplinary Health PhD degree between the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The Health Sciences Department offers courses that encompass numerous aspects of health and wellness and provides health and fitness courses for students in other degree programs across the university. Additionally, the department offers curricula in traditional residential and online formats.

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.

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 21, 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 606617, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a letter of interest addressing minimum and preferred criteria; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) names and contact information for three professional references; (4) a teaching philosophy, including information about your approaches to working with diverse and at-risk students; (5) transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (official transcripts will be required if an on-campus interview is conducted) and (6) a DEIJ statement that addresses your values and/or philosophy, accomplishments, experiences, education, and training with DEIJ. We highly encourage the integration of one or more of the following considerations into your statement and to be as specific and concrete as possible in any examples you provide. Past and future integration of DEIJ aspects and issues into your teaching activities, and any impact of that DEIJ inclusion on students, the institution, your discipline, and the larger community. Academic, professional, industry, and/or community service that contributes to building respectful and inclusive organizational climates, advances institutional recruitment of marginalized people, and raises awareness of DEIJ issues. 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.

You can also contact in the Health Sciences department if you have problems with the application process.

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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