Associate Dean, NAU Online and Innovative Educational Initiatives- 603864

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Job Description   

The Associate Dean for NAU Online and Innovative Educational Initiatives works closely with the Dean, lead administrative staff, and university chairs/directors to provide leadership for strategic planning, curriculum, and facilitation of program delivery for both online and off-campus education. This position is located in Flagstaff, AZ.

The Associate Dean has the following responsibilities: 

  • Serves as a key contributor and leader for developing, managing and improving the academic experience through a commitment to faculty and student engagement, academic quality and instructional best practice and academic operations.
  • Assists in strategic planning for the unit to design and implement quality academic programs and experiences that promote excellence in online, off-campus and personalized learning. 
  • Collaborates with the dean and on issues pertaining to curricular matters and assists in the design of program portfolio to meet market needs.
  • Coordinates the college’s academic profile in the following ways:
    • Supports and maintains new and existing online, off-campus and PL degree programs as it relates to curriculum, progam alignment, program design, assessment, catalog requirements, policy and the like.
    • Engages with other academic departments and the dean to support NAU programs delivered online and off-campus and ensures alignment of programmatic offerings with unit and institutional strategic plans
    • Creates a strategic plan for instructional design needs and engages with instructional design teams to support creation and maintainence of online, off-campus and PL courses/programs
    • Coordinates annual area budget with Fiscal Operations Manager
    • Works with Executive Director of advising unit on all aspects of student success and services in the unit
    • Responds to concerns and complaints by faculty and staff in relation to academic matters
    • Participates as a voting member on the work of the Online, Branch and Community College Curriculum Committee (OBC).
  • Provides leadership for faculty professional development for online, off-campus & PL faculty in collaboration with institutional faculty development teams
  • Works with dean, fiscal operations manager, and Provost’s office to ensure budgetary and academic compliance with goals.
  • Reviews and approves all Non-Tenure Track Statement of Expectations (SOE), consulting with dean on SOEs that deviate significantly from expectations.
  • Partners with Dean in developing and implementing innovative programming, funding models, and development of College’s strategic plans.
  • Oversees process for recruitment, onboarding, and evaluation of part-time faculty
  • Acts as liaison for the electronic faculty reporting system (Faculty180) for development of reports and assistance to faculty in reporting activities
  • Serves as the academic representative for NAU Online and Innovative Educational Initiatives on institutional committees, e.g. academic integrity, academic associate deans group, etc.

Minimum Qualifications   

  • An earned Doctoral degree, AND
  • Prior appointment at an academic institution at the rank equivalent or exceeding that of an Associate Professor or Associate Clinical Professor

Preferred Qualifications   

  • Administrative experience at the level of chair or director
  • Ability to work across disciplinary boundaries and in culturally diverse environments
  • Experience supervising and evaluating tenure eligible and non-tenure eligible faculty
  • Leadership for development of scholarship or undergraduate research at a unit level
  • Experience with research administration
  • Teaching and support of student researchers at the graduate level
  • Record of scholarship indicative of a high level of success in publication, creative scholarship and/or grant awards
  • Record of publication in top tiered journals
  • Experience working in an educational program that recruits, retains, and graduates diverse student populations
  • Three years of previous administrative experience in a variety of departmental and campus wide roles (e.g., Chair, Director/Chair of multiyear initiatives, etc.).
  • Experience handling budgets, personnel matters, scheduling, and educational programming
  • Possess strong research, teaching, and service records, and an understanding of the complexities and professional requirements for faculty in different units.

General Information   

Northern Arizona University is a 30,368-student institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 70,000 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.

For information about diversity, access, and equity at NAU, see

Background Information   

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position.  Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following:  a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

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 the Northern Arizona University Police Department releases an annual security report.  The report is a result of the federal law known as the Clery Act and contains policy statements that address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security including policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses.  The report contains three years of data for Clery reportable crime statistics for the campus along with the most current year’s Fire Safety Report, which includes policy statements and fire statistics for Flagstaff on-campus student housing. 

The report may be viewed at or by visiting the NAUPD website at:  A printed copy of the report is available upon request by contacting the NAU Police Department, Records Department at (928)523-8884 or by visiting the department at Building 98A on the NAU Mountain Campus.


Commensurate with experience.


This is an Administrator (ADM) 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); 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members.  More information on benefits at NAU is available at

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus. 

Administrators are hired on a contract basis renewable each 6 months according to terms of the Conditions of Administrative 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

Submission Deadline  

This position will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on July 27, 2018. 

How to Apply   

To apply for this position and you are viewing it through the NAU HR website, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' links, locate vacancy 603864, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline.  Your application must include a single attachment that contains: 1) a letter of interest highlighting your qualifications for this position, 2) a CV or resume, and 2) the names and contact information for three references.

If you have problems submitting application attachments in the form of a Word or PDF document please contact the department for assistance.

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 Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 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.

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.




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Posted: 7/13/2018
Application Due: 9/11/2018
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Salary: Commensurate with experience.