Assistant Professor - Psychological Sciences

Job description

Job Title: Assistant Professor - Psychological Sciences
Location: Psychology
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605327
Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence.

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Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Job Description

The Department of Psychological Sciences at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position, anticipated to begin in August, 2021. While the area of expertise in the psychological sciences is open, we are seeking applicants with demonsrated research expertise in areas that would strengthen (build and bridge) existing departmental and university efforts, an outstanding record of published scholarship and research training to be competitive for obtaining external grant funding, and engagement in scholarship that incorporates best practices in traditional and/or emerging forms of research methods and data analysis. Northern Arizona University has a robust institutional commitment to its diverse student population which includes large numbers of Native American, Hispanic, first-generation and international students. We value diversity and seek candidates committed to serving Northern Arizona University students.

Tenure-track faculty in the Department of Psychological Sciences typically have a 3-3 or 3-2 teaching load, depending on instructional capacity needs of the unit. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to teach in areas of expertise at the undergraduate and graduate levels (including the department’s MA program, and potential collaborations with a university-wide Interdisciplinary Health Ph.D. program), including basic and advanced courses in areas of expertise, with possible inclusion of statistics and research methods courses. Candidates should have an interest and demonstrated willingness to mentor undergraduate and graduate-level students and contribute to university service.

Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. in Psychology or related field completed by August 2021.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated record of published scholarship and clear articulation of research goals.
  • Demonstrated expertise in state-of-the-art research design and data analytic skills.
  • Demonstrated success, potential for success, and willingness to seek and secure external funding for research (including future research funding goals).
  • Demonstrated commitment to open science practices.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or potential for teaching in both face-to-face and online teaching environments.
  • Demonstrated record of teaching effectiveness and/or evidence of potential teaching effectiveness.
  • Evidence of commitment to equity-based pedagogy and the infusion of diverse perpectives into undergraduate and graduate curriculum.
  • Evidence of commitment to working with ethnically and culturally diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated success or evidence of potential success in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Demonstrated success or evidence of potential success in contributing to university service.

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 22,870, including approximately 19,000 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’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. 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 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 and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have 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.


Commensurate with experience and academic qualification.


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. First review of applications will begin on May 6, 2021, with weekly reviews thereafter.

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, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 605327, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include, in the order listed: (1) a letter of interest including your relevant qualifications and experience for the position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a research statement and goals; (4) 3 recent publications; (5) statement of teaching philosophy and experience; (6) copies of recent teaching evaluations, peer evaluations if possible; and (7) names and contact information for three 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: 4/7/2021
Application Due: 7/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time