Fitness Wellness Lecturer (and FIT coordinator)

Job description

Job Title: Fitness Wellness Lecturer (and FIT coordinator)
Location: Health Sciences
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605391
Workplace Culture

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Special Information

The Department of Health Sciences, within the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at Northern Arizona University, invites applicants for a full-time (9-month) non tenure-track faculty position at the Lecturer level in Fitness Wellness. The position begins August 16, 2021.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

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

Job Description

This is a full-time, non-tenure eligible faculty position, requiring a balance of managing the credit producing physical activity courses in the Health Sciences FIT program, teaching in the Health Sciences: Fitness Wellness degree program and service.

Teaching and Service: The Health Sciences: Fitness Wellness program currently has 366 majors and 166 minors and also provides course work required by our Public Health majors. Teaching load for this position is typically 3-6 credits (1-2 courses) per semester. In addition to quality teaching, the successful candidate will be expected to actively participate in Department, College/University, and Community/Professional service.

Program Management: The successful candidate will be responsible for scheduling and implementing credit producing physical activity courses in the Health Sciences FIT program. The person in this position hires, supervises, and evaluates FIT instructors, Fitness Wellness student interns and student workers to include reviewing course evaluations, and following up with any student or part time temp concerns.

Duties of this position also include working with the service team to complete any necessary HR forms (new hire packet, epars, background checks, etc.) for FIT instructors, working with community partners who host FIT classes at their off campus businesses (contracts, create affiliate status for instructors, assist with Louie and Bb Learn, etc.).

General Duties Include:

  • Baseline planning, organizing, coordinating, and facilitating skills; demonstrates working knowledge of routine work applications.
  • Managing FIT Flex Bb Learn shell for all enrolled FIT students and instructors and creates viable options for each FIT course that follows the NAU Flex model.
  • Focusing on day-to-day operations in design, development, implementation, management of program and projects.
  • Developing or assisting with the development and implementation of policies and procedures consistent with those of the organization as well as state and federal regulations to ensure efficient operation of the program/project.
  • Develops, implements, and maintains recordkeeping systems and procedures; gathers data, compiles information, and prepares reports.
  • Applying subject matter expertise within assigned job sub-family.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Earned Master’s degree in Health Psychology, Exercise & Wellness, Health Promotion, or a related field
  • University or community college teaching experience as the primary instructor of record
  • Nationally accredited (NCCA) certification in fitness or wellness area (e.g. ACSM, NASM, NSCA, ACE)

Preferred Qualifications
  • Two or more years full-time teaching in a university setting (both online and classroom setting) as the primary instructor of record.
  • Ability to teach three or more of the following Health Sciences areas: Health Coaching Skills, Worksite Wellness, Stress Management, Strength & Conditioning Program Design, Exercise Program Design and Modification
  • Previous involvement in facilitating fieldwork experiences
  • Nationally accredited certification in a fitness or wellness area (e.g. American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise- Health Coaching)
  • Evidence of commitment to a diverse population

General Information

The Department of Health Sciences serves approximately 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students within the College of Health and Human Services. The department is a true multidisciplinary unit, providing six different undergraduate degree programs in five unique disciplines (Public Health, Nutrition and Foods, Allied Health, Fitness Wellness, and Physical Education Teacher Education), along with the Master of Public Health degree, and collaboration in an Interdisciplinary Health PhD degree between the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The Health Sciences Department offers courses that encompass numerous aspects of health and wellness and provides health and fitness courses for students in other degree programs across the university. Additionally, the department offers curricula in traditional residential and online formats.

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 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. For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

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.

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.


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 19, 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 605391, 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) a statement of research interests; and (5) 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. You may also contact the Health Sciences department at [email protected] for assistance.

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: 5/4/2021
Application Due: 8/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time