Assistant Professor

 Job Title: Assistant Professor, Flagstaff, AZ Job ID: 601154

Location: MA in Sustainable Communities

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

 Special Information:

This tenure-track position is split between the leader program, Sustainable Communities, and the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability.  These units reside in two different colleges. The job is designed to have regular faculty responsibilities and contributions within and shared between both units. The appointment will be made at the assistant professor level.

 Job Description:

 The Masters Program in Sustainable Communities (SUS) and the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability (SESES) invite applications for a joint position at the Assistant Professor level, tenure track. We seek an interdisciplinary scholar who will contribute to research, teaching and practice that blends social science/inquiry with natural science approaches to understanding and development of food and water systems.  The ideal candidate will have interest and evidence ability to connect scholarship with practice in diverse food producing and consuming communities in the water-stressed Southwest region, a region in which food and water security, food sovereignty, and ecological resilience are critical issues.

 The successful candidate will have interdisciplinary experience and training across the social and natural sciences with a focus in sustainable food and/or water systems.  Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in both food and water systems.  We welcome applicants with training and research experience in a variety of fields as they pertain to sustainable food and water systems, including but not limited to: agroecology, anthropology, economics, ethnobotany, food security, geography, policy and governance, small farm viability, social and food justice, sociology, and sustainable development. We seek candidates who will complement existing expertise in SUS and in SESES and who are eager to work in interdisciplinary teams towards the development and understanding of sustainable food/water systems. We will give high priority to candidates who will contribute to growing our Masters in Sustainable Communities and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Sustainability.

This joint position builds on university strengths in environmental sustainability. Northern Arizona University seeks to bring together scholars across colleges (College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Arts and Letters, and the Franke College of Business) to foster interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, and a range of expertise to secure large interdisciplinary sustainability focused grants. Scholars are sought to develop new collaborations that will enable interdisciplinary science-based, community- oriented scholarship and teaching addressing challenges facing communities locally and across the globe.

 Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D., or equivalent foreign degree, experience conducting research centered on food or water systems, and demonstrated interdisciplinary experience in research and teaching. Degree must be awarded by August 24, 2015.

 Preferred Qualifications:

* Interdisciplinary Ph.D. and/or interdisciplinary training

* Demonstrated ability in interdisciplinary teaching at the university level,

* Demonstrated success in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students doing interdisciplinary research and in teaching sustainability courses,

* Demonstrated excellence in collaborative interdisciplinary research,

* Demonstrated experience or interests in food and water systems applicable to the challenges facing the Southwest,

* Demonstrated ability to develop a promising research agenda including writing successful grants and publications,

* Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds,

* Willingness and ability to offer courses that complement the existing strengths of the Masters in Sustainable Communities' and of SESES's environmental and sustainability curricula,

* Potential to develop collaborations with environmental programs on campus, and with the community and region.

 General Information:

Northern Arizona University is a 26,000-student institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 67,000 at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. NAU's emphasis on undergraduate education is enhanced by its graduate programs and research, as well as distance learning.

All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes. The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.

 NAU has been ranked highly among US universities in sustainability education and operations, and continues to integrate educational, co-educational and operations activities across campus and the community (see The Masters Program in Sustainable Communities was founded 18 years ago, making it one of the oldest and continuous sustainability programs in the country.

 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, 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.


Salary will be competitive, and commensurate with 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

 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 employment.  The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment.  More information about NAU benefits is available at

Application Deadline:

This position will be open until filled or closed.  Review of applications will begin on January 2, 2015.

How to Apply:

 To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page (

Applications must include an attachment that contains:

 1.            A letter of application describing their professional teaching

and research goals and how they meet the minimum and preferred qualifications

2.            A Curriculum Vitae

 3.            Unofficial transcript of coursework

 4.            Evidence of teaching effectiveness

 5.            Names and contact information (including email addresses) for

academic and community references.

 Save all items, in the order stated, as a single PDF or Word document.

 If you have questions regarding the position please contact Luis A. Fernandez, Director of the Masters Program in Sustainable Communities at

 If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available online at 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 Affirmative Action Office at 928-523-3312/TDD - 923-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, 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.

Flagstaff, Arizona
Publicaton Date: 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:00am
Company Name: 
Northern Arizona University
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