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Assistant Professor of Practice in Environmental Planning

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Mar 2, 2023

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Assistant Professor of Practice in Environmental Planning

Location: Geography, Planning&Recreation
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 607027
Full/Part Time: Part-Time

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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.

Job Description

The Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation (GPR) at Northern Arizona University (NAU) is inviting applications for an Assistant Professor of Practice in Environmental Planning, with a start date of August 2023. GPR is seeking an individual with expertise at the interface between people and the built and natural environments who is excited by the prospect of joining a multidisciplinary faculty and contributing to local and regional sustainable planning activities. Individuals with topical expertise and applied experience in planning for climate change, environmental justice, natural hazards, and land use change are particularly encouraged to apply.

This Environmental Planning position is non-tenure eligible. The successful applicant is expected to teach four courses per semester in our undergraduate and graduate degree programs using various modalities. The anticipation is for this position to be a continuous appointment, with opportunities for promotion and professional advancement contingent on successful performance, available budget, and department needs. Potential courses of instruction include Introduction to City Planning, Planning for Sustainable Communities, and other courses in the Urban Planning and Community Design minor and Community Planning graduate certificate programs. Successful applicants will also have an opportunity to design future courses related to their area of expertise in addition to playing an immediate leadership role in enhancing GPR's commitment to urban, sustainability, and justice focused curriculum. We are especially interested in candidates who can complement university and departmental initiatives to advance diverse perspectives, equity, and inclusion through meaningful engagement with students, faculty, and external stakeholders on environmental and social issues critical to a just and sustainable society. We encourage applications from individuals who meet some or all of the preferred qualifications. Please describe for us experiences related to the preferred qualifications that may demonstrate your potential for success in this position.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Urban Planning or a closely related field.
  • Evidence of teaching urban/environmental planning at the college or university level.
  • Evidence of urban/environmental planning practice or engagement with planning profession.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Urban Planning or related field.
  • Experience in climate change, environmental justice, natural hazards, and/or land use planning.
  • Experience with environmental planning curriculum design and assessment.
  • Experience teaching across a variety of modalities (e.g., in-person, online, hybrid).
  • Commitment to mentoring students and/or professionals in the urban/environmental planning field.
  • Experience with applying social science theory to understand urban, social, and/or environmental problems.
  • Evidence of commitment to creating and maintaining an inclusive teaching and work environment that respects diverse perspectives.

General Information

The Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation (GPR) offers its students multiple undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a Geography, Environment, and Society Bachelors of Science (BS) degree as well as undergraduate minors in Urban Planning and Community Design, Critical Sustainable Studies, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Regional Geography, and Physical Geography. Our geography program also offers a Master of Science (MS) in Geography, graduate certificates in Community Planning and GIS, and an accelerated GIS with Remote Sensing online MS degree.

GPR, and Northern Arizona University (NAU) more broadly, has a strong commitment to sustainability and justice. President Cruz-Rivera recently announced a campuswide climate emergency and commitment to carbon neutrality by 2030. NAU also continues to maintain strong ties with the City of Flagstaff regarding sustainability and climate action. NAU has been designated by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities as an Hispanic-Serving Institution and is recognized as a university with a specific commitment to Indigenous Peoples. NAU's Elevating Excellence strategic plan calls for equitable social and economic impacts. Starting Fall 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 career track faculty. In Summer 2022, NAU implemented an overhauled and more formalized teaching professor and professor of practice tracks, with three promotion stages (i.e., assistant, associate, and full) for teaching-focused faculty. Career track faculty currently hold department chair and assistant/associate dean positions in our College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, while also serving as department representatives on NAU Faculty Senate.

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.


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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 31, 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 607027, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a two-page cover letter highlighting your qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a one-page statement of teaching philosophy; (4) a one-page diversity statement; and (5) 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 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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