Instructor - Chemistry Labs

Job description

Job Title: Instructor - Chemistry Labs
Location: Chemistry & Biochemistry
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605368
Workplace Culture

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Special Information

A position for a non-tenure eligible, instructor appointment beginning August 16, 2021 and ending May 6, 2022. The position may be renewed pending satisfactory job performance, availability of funding, and program needs for up 3 years. After three years instructors may reapply for the position.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

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

Job Description

The instructor will be responsible for teaching labs on his/her own as well as supervising Teaching Assistants (TAs) to teach lower division introductory labs in organic and general chemistry. Instructor responsibilities will include teaching labs, preparing quizzes and lab lectures, grading lab notebooks and reports, maintaining student records, monitoring lab safety, running lab instruments, and supervising TAs. The instructor will also be responsible for assuring that necessary reagents and supplies are ready for labs. A typical work load will involve teaching 3 lab sections independently and supervising TAs to teach 5 additional sections. The position will include several evening labs.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Conferred B.S. or B.A. degree by August 16, 2021.
  • At least 2 semesters of prior teaching experience at Northern Arizona University as a TA in CHM 151L, 152L, or 235L
  • Completed CHM295 or 595, Lab Safety and Supervision, with a grade of A or B.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Evidence of independent and consistent teaching effectiveness as a TA.
  • More than two semesters experience as a TA.
  • Teaching or lab experience in CHM 238L
  • Experience working and interacting with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.

General Information

Northern Arizona University is a 29,569-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 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.


$35,000 per academic year


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. Review of applications will begin on May 31, 2021.

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 605368, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Your application should include an attachment that contains (1) a letter of interest, (2) a detailed resume, (3) names of four references, and (4) an unofficial transcript. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

If you have questions about your application materials, please contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 700 S. Osborne Dr., Bldg 36, Room 400, Flagstaff, AZ 86011 or email Malia Davis, Search Committee Chair at [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.

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: 4/30/2021
Application Due: 7/29/2021
Work Type: Full Time