Asst Professor of Practice in Biological Writing

Job description

Job Title: Asst Professor of Practice in Biological Writing
Location: Biological Sciences
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 604290
Special Information

This is a non-tenure track, non-tenure eligible faculty position.

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship now or in the future.


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The Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a full-time non-tenure track Assistant Professor of Practice faculty position in Biological Writing to begin in August 2019. The successful applicant will be an accomplished writer in technical and/or non-technical science writing and also will have a record of excellence in teaching writing at the college level. The responsibilities for this position include: 1) to develop a new course in Biological Writing, which will be a required course for students seeking Bachelor’s degrees in Biology, Biomedical Science, Microbiology and Biology Secondary Education; 2) to teach sections of this course during the academic year; and 3) to train, manage and supervise a team of Graduate Teaching Assistants who will deliver additional sections of the course. This position and course will occupy an important place in the Biology curriculum, as the Department seeks to develop and maintain a high quality junior level writing course that is integrated with progressively more sophisticated writing activities in lower- and upper-division courses.

While this position is expected to remain current in trends and pedagogies in science writing, research and other scholarship activity are not an expectation for this position, and release time will not be allocated for them.


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  • An earned degree in: MA or MS in Rhetoric and Composition, Professional Writing, Science Writing, or a closely related field OR a MS in Biology or a closely related field conferred by August 19, 2019.
  • At least two years' experience teaching writing at the college level.
  • Evidence of successful professional accomplishment in the area of technical or non-technical science writing
  • Complete hiring packet

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  • Three or more years of experience teaching scientific writing, with an emphasis on biology, at the college level.
  • Professional accomplishments consistent with a high level of success in multiple forms or modalities of science writing with a biological focus.
  • Experience with supervision of Graduate Teaching Assistants.
  • Outstanding communication skills.
  • Experience working and interacting with people from a wide variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.

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Northern Arizona University has a student population of 31,073, including approximately 23,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch. NAU carefully balances teaching, scholarship and service with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research that extend to such national concerns as forest health and bioterrorism. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.

The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.

The Department of Biological Sciences comprises more than 3000 majors in 5 undergraduate degree programs, roughly 70 faculty, and100 MS and PhD students.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.


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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 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 nau.edu/clery or by visiting the NAUPD website. 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.


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$48,000 for the nine-month academic year


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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 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 the NAU HR benefits page.


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This position will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on May 2, 2019.


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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 nau.jobs, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 604290, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include:

  1. a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. a statement of teaching philosophy;
  4. contact information for three professional referees who are prepared to submit letters of recommendation;
  5. copies of transcripts; and
  6. no more than two writing samples that illustrate your qualifications for this position

Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

Address questions to the search chair: Dr. Karen Haubensak ([email protected]).

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 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.


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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.


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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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