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Assistant Professor of Practice, Electrical Engineering

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Aug 7, 2023

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Assistant Professor of Practice, Electrical Engineering

Location: SICCS
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 607381
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.

About NAU

Northern Arizona University serves almost 30,000 students. We are a vibrant community, with 21,000 students in Flagstaff—the home of our largest campus—and the remainder online or at our 20+ statewide locations. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Committed to an inclusive university environment, NAU has all the benefits of a large institution with a personal touch. We carefully balance teaching, scholarship, and service for faculty members. Supporting our core value of student-centrism, NAU's faculty members promote learning and help students reach academic milestones.

Flagstaff is an outdoorsy mountain town with four seasons and a thriving cultural scene. Located at 7,000 feet, Flagstaff houses 70,000 people and sits at the base of the sacred San Francisco Peaks.

For more about inclusive excellence at NAU, visit the Center for Inclusive Excellence and Access.

About the Position

The School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Practice in the area of Electrical Engineering (EE) to support an exciting joint dual degree program with the Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications (CQUPT) in beautiful Chongqing, China. The specific goal of the program is to prepare CQUPT students to be successful in electrical engineering coursework taught in English. NAU faculty teach eight EE classes delivered in English during the first three years of the CQUPT student's undergraduate EE program, before students transfer to NAU in Flagstaff, Arizona for their final year, receiving a dual degree from CQUPT and NAU. This position is non-tenure-track and begins in August 2023, pending negotiations. Classes in Chongqing are 12 weeks long, starting in early September and again in late February, and faculty live and work in Chongqing, China, during those times. This position will spend half a year in China and half a year in the U.S. Faculty rotate back to the Flagstaff campus to teach classes at NAU in SICCS as program needs dictate. Several NAU faculty work together to support classes at CQUPT. Faculty will develop supplementary learning materials for use at both locations and perform learning outcome assessments in support of ABET accreditation. 50% or greater international travel required. The ability and willingness to live and work in Chongqing, China for extended periods of time is required of this position.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or a closely-related field from a university where English is the instructional language,
  • An earned Master's or Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or closely-related field or in Education from a university where English is the instructional language, and
  • A combination of three years of professional experience working as an electrical, electronics, or computer hardware engineer in industry, and/or three years teaching electrical or computer engineering at the college level.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of substantial and high-quality teaching in Electrical or Computer Engineering at the undergraduate college level,
  • A Doctorate in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Education, or a closely-related field
  • Evidence of effective communication skills in English

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Promotes a diverse, inclusive environment.
  • Abilty to self-manage work and telework
  • Strong communication skills in English
  • Demonstrated skill in U.S. engineering pedagogy,

Compensation & Benefits

Commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related 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.

Pre-Employment Check

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.

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.

Submit Your Application

Vacancy will remain open until filled. Applications received before September 7, 2023 will receive full consideration.

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' link, locate vacancy 607381, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include (saved as PDF and/or Word documents):
  1. a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position, including your teaching interest, not to exceed four pages
  2. a curriculum vitae; and
  3. names and contact information for three references.

Please do not include any other 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 a 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.

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.

Know Your Rights Poster

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

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