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Assistant Professor of Practice, Anthropology

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Nov 16, 2023

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Assistant Professor of Practice, Anthropology

Location: Anthropology
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 607591
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 Department/College

Northern Arizona University sits at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, on homelands sacred to Native Americans throughout the region. The Department of Anthropology includes 23 faculty and offers a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree, and houses many research and teaching labs in our Anthropology Labs Building and Bilby Research Center.

About the Position

In furtherance of its commitment to Indigenous Peoples and in recognition of the sovereign status of Native Nations, Northern Arizona is seeking an Assistant Professor of Practice who will lead the university's Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) work. This position is a non-tenure eligible appointment. It is expected to be a continuing line with yearly renewals and has the potential for promotion. Renewal is contingent upon successful completion of a probationary year, effective performance, continued funding, and department needs. A Ph.D. in Anthropology or related field is preferred but not required.

Responsibilities are focused on NAGPRA-compliance activities and include teaching repatriation and other archaeology-based courses to undergraduate and graduate students and participation in service activities as a participation in service activities as a faculty member of the Department of Anthropology. Eligibility for the rank of Assistant Professor of Practice includes a demonstrated commitment to student success through effectiveness in teaching and other student-related responsibilities or promise of such effectiveness if the candidate has no prior teaching experience. Of utmost importance is the candidate's ability to model the intersection of theory and practice in Anthropology and Archaeology with regard to, repatriation, NAGPRA, and related Cultural Resource Management (CRM) requirements.

The Department of Anthropology is embedded in the NAU College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, a community of change-makers that is aligned with NAU's Elevating Excellence Goals. We support the strengths of students, staff, and faculty, and collaborate with communities through innovative teaching, scholarship and creative work, public engagement, and practice. Together, we further inclusive excellence, sustainability, and human and community well-being. With student success as our central focus, our work produces critical insights about human societies, behavior, and communication that inform innovative approaches to solving and increasing awareness of significant regional and global challenges

Responsibilities Include:
  • Coordinate, develop, and improve NAU's Repatriation and NAGPRA program.
  • Coordinate and develop practice-based in-person and online courses, trainings, and programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels on NAGPRA, repatriation, and related CRM topics.
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to repatriation and based on department need.
  • Maintain open lines of communication with NAU's Office of Native American Initiatives Tribal Liaison (ONAI Vice President), Office of the Vice President for Research, Native American Tribes, archaeological consultants, federal and state agencies, and other entities for NAGPRA and Arizona Burial Discovery compliance and/or repatriation issues and actions in accordance with NAU's Tribal Consultation Policy.
  • Maintain all program records and correspondence that is reviewed by the Office of Native American Initiatives and the Office of the Vice President for Research as needed.
  • Review and respond to all NAGPRA and repatriation related correspondence and assist NAU's Office of Communications and Media Relations as needed.
  • Organize Tribal Representative visits for NAGPRA purposes and assist with Transfer of Possession when asked to do so by a Tribe.
  • Assist with overall NAGPRA funding and grant application efforts if needed.
  • Engage in regular department/college/university service activities.
  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

This position is an on-site position which requires the incumbent to complete their work primarily at an NAU site, campus, or facility with or without accommodation. Opportunities for remote work are rare.

9-month, non-tenure eligible, full time position, starting August 2024.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Anthropology or Archaeology.
  • 3 years of Cultural Resource Management or museum collections experience.
  • 2 years of experience in NAGPRA-compliance work.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Anthropology or related field with a specialization in southwestern archaeology.
  • 1 year of teaching experience.
  • Experience working with people from all backgrounds, particularly with present-day Native Nations in the American Southwest.
  • Record of successful management and completion of repatriation cases.
  • Record of engagement with representatives of Native Nations.
  • Experience implementing provisions of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and related repatriation legislation and policy.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Create summaries, inventories, and documentation based on information provided by NAU, museums, and federal agencies for NAGPRA claims determination.
  • Communicate with other entities to resolve conflicting claims and to work out the details of the repatriation process as needed.
  • Maintain the NAU database system for cataloging specific NAGPRA-eligible materials, their provenance, cultural affiliation, and other information.
  • Identify pertinent information to collaborating with Tribes in making cultural affiliation determinations, monitor the Federal Register and other news sources for information relevant to NAU's interests under NAGPRA.
  • Ability to provide written reports as necessary.
  • Ability to work effectively with other faculty to coordinate teaching, scholarship, and service efforts to support success for all NAU students.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding repatriation information and matters as a matter of policy.

Driving Requirement

Driving a vehicle on behalf of the university is anticipated to be a regular part of this position. Arizona Administrative Code Fleet Safety Policy requires all employees who drive on university business become authorized by submitting Driver's license information for driving record monitoring, and completion of training appropriate to the level of driving performed. The law applies to all faculty, staff, and students who drive personal or university-owned motorized vehicles for any business purpose. More information on the NAU Authorized Driver Policy can be found on the NAU website.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary range begins at $60,000. Annual salary 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.

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

Applications received before January 29, 2024 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 607591, 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.

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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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