Assistant Professor of Practice, Anthropology
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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
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
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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
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
. 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
- Coordinate, develop, and improve NAU's Repatriation and NAGPRA
- 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
- 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
- Assist with overall NAGPRA funding and grant application
efforts if needed.
- Engage in regular department/college/university service
- Mentor graduate and undergraduate students.
This position is an on-site position
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
- Master's degree in Anthropology or Archaeology.
- 3 years of Cultural Resource Management or museum collections
- 2 years of experience in NAGPRA-compliance work.
- Ph.D. in Anthropology or related field with a specialization in
- 1 year of teaching experience.
- Experience working with people from all backgrounds,
particularly with present-day Native Nations in the American
- Record of successful management and completion of repatriation
- Record of engagement with representatives of Native
- 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
- 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 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
. 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
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.
NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship
for this position.
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 December 18, 2023 will receive full
To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at
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the NAU HR website). Otherwise, to view the original post and to
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Please do not include any other documents.
- a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for
- a curriculum vitae; and
- names and contact information for three references.
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, DR@nau.edu
, or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ
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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