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Director of MPA Program

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Feb 21, 2023

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Director of MPA Program

Location: Politics & Int'l Affairs
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 607033
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

Position Details:
  • Position is full-time (1.0 FTE), academic year, senior position and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including health and life insurance, mandatory retirement savings plan, partial tuition waiver, and an employee wellness program
  • University partner accommodation policy
  • Will serve as Director of the university's NASPAA accredited, Master of Public Administration Program

Job Description

The Department of Politics and International Affairs (PIA) seeks to fill a senior, tenure eligible (associate or full professor) or non-tenure eligible (associate or full professor of practice) position to direct the university's Master of Public Administration program. The successful candidate should be a public administration generalist with the demonstrated ability to teach courses in our core curriculum in a fully online, NASPAA accredited, MPA Program (e.g., policy analysis, public administration). The applicant's area of expertise should be related to public administration. Additionally, we prefer candidates who demonstrate research and teaching related to the department's commitment to environment, development, and diversity. NAU and the Department of PIA are committed to hiring and developing a diverse faculty, and we encourage candidates from marginalized groups as well as individuals who have experience working with diverse communities to apply. The successful candidate will direct and oversee NASPAA accreditation processes, while also advancing the mission of the Department of Politics and International Affairs and contributing to department research and teaching missions. The MPA Director position is based at the Flagstaff Mountain campus, will report directly to the department Chair, and will work with the MPA faculty in overseeing PA course offerings in the department. A mandatory two-year probationary period is required prior to application for tenure for the ranks of Associate or Full Professor. Compensated summer work will be expected, but the terms are negotiable.

Questions about this position can be sent to: Dr. Fred Solop (

Minimum Qualifications

Basic Minimum Qualifications for all ranks
  • Ph.D. or DPA in public administration, public policy, political science, or public affairs
  • Experience with professional accreditation processes
  • Experience with course planning, curriculum development, assessment, and advisement
  • A scholarship agenda (documented through grants, contracts, or disseminated information)

For the rank of Associate Professor of Practice (non-tenure eligible): all of the basic minimum qualifications AND
  • Prior appointment at an academic institution at a rank equivalent to Associate Professor of Practice (non-tenure).

For the rank of Full Professor of Practice (non-tenure eligible): all of the basic minimum qualifications AND
  • Prior appointment at an academic institution at a rank equivalent to Professor of Practice (non-tenure).

For the rank of Associate Professor (tenure eligible): All of the basic minimum qualifications AND
  • Prior appointment at an academic institution at a rank equivalent to or exceeding that of Associate Professor (with tenure).

For the rank of Full Professor (tenure eligible): All of the basic minimum qualifications AND
  • Prior appointment at an academic institution at a rank equivalent to or exceeding that of Professor (with tenure).

Please indicate position applying for in cover letter.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of meeting departmental standards for specified rank of application:
    • Tenure-eligible Associate Professor = 8 peer reviewed publications and 6 years college-level teaching
    • Tenure-eligible Full Professor = 16 publications and 12 years college-level teaching
    • Non-tenure eligible Associate Professor of Practice = 6 years college-level teaching and 6 years professional service
    • Non-tenure eligible Full Professor of Practice = 12 years college-level teaching and 12 years professional service
  • Experience teaching online
  • Experience leading and managing a NASPAA accredited MPA Program
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the work environment including¿applied teaching, engaged research, and working collaboratively within a team environment
  • Professional experience related to public and nonprofit sector organizations that demonstrates a commitment to public service and collaboration

We encourage applications from individuals who meet some or all the preferred qualifications.

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

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 the pay period following election. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following election. 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 March 23, 2023.

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 'Current Openings' links, locate vacancy 607033, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) Letter of Interest addressing the stated required research and skills for the position; (2) Detailed CV listing education and describing work experience as related to position description, with a list of three professional references including referee names and contact information; (3) One-page statement that demonstrates your commitment to and experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion, advocating for marginalized communities, applied teaching, engaged research, and working collaboratively within a team. 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 Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773,, or PO Box 5633, 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.

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NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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