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Part-Time Instructional Faculty, Science

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Aug 16, 2023

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Part-Time Instructional Faculty, Science

Location: Personalized Learning
Regular/Temporary: Temporary
Job ID: 607349
Full/Part Time: Part-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

Personalized Learning (PL) incorporates innovative teaching and learning methods. Administered by NAU Online, PL differs from, but complements, the traditional classroom-based academic model, with the goal for students to achieve deeper learning through a personalized approach of multiple, hybrid and more effective learning methods and modalities and within timeframes that best meet the students' needs. Our model combines best learning practices from the educational field to ensure competency, including: shared and open-source content; varying delivery modules such as video and simulations; faculty-led mentorships and tutoring; and customized instruction. Tuition is based on length of time rather than by course or credit hours, providing a financial incentive to the student to complete their degree in a timely or accelerated fashion.

Responsibilities Include:
  • Facilitates instruction and assesses student learning outcomes in courses and lessons aligned to area of expertise
  • Tutors in area of expertise
  • Provides high-touch assessment feedback
  • Advocates for resolution of student issues
  • Coordinates with Disability Resources about students requiring accommodation
  • Maintains and communicates regular hours of availability for synchronous student interaction
  • Develops a strong understanding of available problem-solving resources by collaborating with NAU student services staff
  • Maintains electronic and academic student files and records, such as email and Salesforce, documenting all pertinent student information
  • Supports curricular assignments determined by Faculty Program Coordinator
  • Collaborates with Instructional Designers to:
  • Review disciplinary curriculum, design, and evaluation
  • Identify the learning outcomes and ensure that they are aligned with assessments
  • Identify and create learning resources to support course materials and student learning
  • Develops rubrics for evaluations and assessment Monitoring of instructional materials to ensure sound academic practices
  • Ensures that materials are accessible (Section508ADA) and usable for all learners
  • Maintains functioning links and ensures currency course materials

  • ****Remote duty station; workspace and equipment not provided****

    ****Position requires extensive use of technology; candidate must be comfortable working and communicating in an online environment****

    ****This position requires ability to meet regularly via web-based conferencing and/or via telephone, and periodically in-person at a campus location for team meetings****

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Masters or Doctorate degree from a regionally accredited university in the Physical Sciences (i.e., Astronomy, Earth Science, Physics, Sustainability Studies, etc. or a closely related field).

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience teaching college-level astronomy or physical sciences
    • Experience in online or competency-based programs

    Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

    • Willingness to serve as an active member of a remote academic team
    • Strong communication skills, especially working with students and colleagues remotely
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Exceptional customer service skills
    • Ability to predict and proactively answer anticipated questions
    • Commitment to student accessibility
    • Innovative problem-solving
    • Skilled in online academic technology
    • Ability to interact effectively with faculty and students from diverse cultural backgrounds, ages, and experience levels
    • Detail oriented; timely follow up with student inquiries and reports
    • Ability to work non-standard hours, if needed to support student needs

    Compensation & Benefits

    Anticipated hourly range is $27 - $29 per hour.

    This is a part-time, non-benefit eligible position.

    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.

    Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

    NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

    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 August 30, 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 607349, 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;
    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.

    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.

    To apply, visit


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