Lecturer - Communication and Sociology #604291

Job description

Job Title: Lecturer - Communication and Sociology
Location: School of Communication
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 604291
Workplace Culture


NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We&mdashfaculty, staff, and administrators&mdashthrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU&rsquos culture of excellence.


Core Values One NAU side by side Student Centered | Integrity | Diversity | Service | Discovery | Excellence Northern Arizona University

Special Information


One year appointment, with possibility of renewal contingent on satisfactory performance, department needs and continued funding.


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

Job Description


Lecturers teach four courses each semester and participate in appropriate service capacities.  This position is split between two academic units and will require instruction of two classes per semester in Communication and two classes per semester in Sociology.  Teaching assignments typically supports lower-division and/or high demand courses.


In communication, the following courses are a priority for instruction:  COM 101 Communication Analysis COM 200 Communication Theory and CST 111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking.

In Sociology, this positon will be assigned lower-division sociology courses (e.g. gender, social problems, and race-ethnic relations, etc.) that are frequently high enrollment as well as delivered in multiple modalities (in-person, blended, and/or online).

The department is seeking candidates who will contribute to department efforts to advance programs and teaching and learning.

We seek applicants with a record of and potential and willingness to participate in the college&rsquos efforts to promote diversity and inclusivity. 

Minimum Qualifications


  • Master&rsquos degree in Communication, Sociology, or related discipline
  • Two years of college/university instruction experience

Preferred Qualifications



  • Demonstrated ability to teach courses in Communication and in Sociology
  • Demonstrated record of instructional innovation (online instruction, service-learning, classroom technology, etc.)
  • Record of service (college/university, disciplinary, public)
  • Commitment to working with diverse students, faculty, and staff

General Information



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, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student&rsquos 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. 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 intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

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

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


Background Information


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&rsquos 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&rsquos 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.




Commensurate with academic qualifications and 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 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

Submission Deadline



This vacancy will be open until filled or closed.  Priority review of applications will begin on April 19, 2019 with weekly reviews thereafter. Interested parties are encouraged to submit materials by April 19, 2019 to receive optimal consideration.

How to Apply



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 604291, 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) recent teaching evaluations or other evidence of experience in instruction/training (4) a teaching philosophy statement (5) sample of syllabi you have designed (6) unofficial copies of all academic transcripts, and (7) names and contact information (phone number, email, physical address) for four references.  Save all items as PDF and/or Word 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 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: 4/5/2019
Application Due: 6/26/2019
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