Assistant Professor of Community College/Higher Education Leadership (CCHE)

Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona
Closing date
Sep 21, 2021

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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.

Special Information

This is a tenure-track academic year position in the Department of Educational Leadership (EDL) based in Flagstaff, AZ with an option to work from a statewide location (e.g., Phoenix, AZ). This appointment will begin as early as Spring 2022 or Fall 2022. The EDL Department houses multiple graduate degree and certificate programs related to Community College higher education leadership, K-12 educational leadership, and education foundations. This position would primarily support the Community College and Higher Education (CCHE) EdD program, which prepares scholar-practitioners for leadership positions in community colleges and universities. 

Job Description 

Northern Arizona University’s Educational Leadership Department is recruiting a tenure-track faculty member in the Community College and Higher Education (CCHE) Leadership program. The successful candidate will contribute to the teaching, research, advising, and service responsibilities associated with the doctoral and master’s program in Community College and Higher Education Leadership. Additionally, this position will provide leadership to master’s degree (M.Ed.) courses and support part-time faculty who teach these courses. Candidates from any methodological tradition (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods) are encouraged to apply. Regardless of research methodology, candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and equity in higher education. Review will begin on September 20, 2021.

The appointment involves teaching, research, and service to the university and profession. Standard faculty load distribution is 60% teaching (3 graduate courses per semester), 20% research, and 20% service, with opportunities for reduced teaching loads based on grant buyouts and other related work. It is expected that the successful candidate will support student and departmental needs through engagement with students beyond coursework including participating in committee and service work and being an active member of and chairing dissertation committees.

The ideal candidate will have evidence of potential for establishing a record of publication and scholarship related to Critical Race Theory and racial justice in community college/higher education; evidence of promoting and supporting equity and social justice; a willingness to accommodate a variety of strategies in instructional delivery and learning activities, including online and blended learning; and ability to work collaboratively with other faculty and university professionals. The position is open to candidates with expertise in any methodological tradition (e.g., critical qualitative methods, transformative mixed-methods, participatory action research, critical quantitative methods, etc.).

Minimum Qualifications   

  • Doctoral degree or ABD (degree must be conferred prior to start of contract) in higher education or a related field (e.g., candidates will be considered if their degree is in a related field with a significant focus in higher education as evidenced by the dissertation topic or a formal concentration/specialization in higher education)
  • Research experience
  • Teaching experience at the graduate or undergraduate level (TA or instructor of record)

Preferred Qualifications   

  • Evidence of research that includes submitted/published scholarship in the area of Critical Race Theory in higher education, which may include Tribal Crit, LatCrit, AsianCrit, DisCrit, Quare Theory, and other related branches of CRT that include research on racial justice and/or decolonization of higher education.
  • Ability to teach existing graduate-level courses related to the Curriculum in the Masters and Doctoral programs in higher education and community colleges and develop new classes in Critical Race Theory. Experience teaching in online and blended modalities preferred. 
  • Experience mentoring doctoral students and/or advising dissertations
  • Evidence of working with diverse communities based on ethnicity, race, national origin, language, age, gender, religion, abilities, sexual orientation, and other social identities that contribute to an inclusive and equitable community of graduate students, leaders, and scholars
  • Experience in community college/higher education leadership
  • Evidence of service to professional organizations and the field (e.g., experience serving as a conference/journal reviewer, active membership in ASHE, etc.

General Information  

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   

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position.  Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following:  a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements.

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. $62,000 to $64,000


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 September 20, 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 and locate the vacancy 605446 then “Apply” at the bottom of the page.

Please submit the documents outlined below with your application by September 20, 2021. Semi-finalists will be asked to provide a writing sample in advance of the first round of interviews.

  • Cover letter outlining minimum and preferred qualifications (maximum of two pages)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • One-page diversity statement that highlights your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Please include examples from your past experiences and your future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • A list of three professional references with contact information

For questions about this position, please contact the search co-chairs, Dr. Jennifer Blaney at [email protected] and/or Dr. Rose Ylimaki at [email protected]. Questions about the application process can be directed to Jennifer Offutt 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.


Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees of high quality and societal value.  Students are at the center of the NAU experience, which is guided by a dedicated and distinguished faculty committed to teaching, individual engagement, and research excellence.

Our educational programs are designed to prepare our students for personal and professional success after graduation.

Whether they earn their degrees at our historic Flagstaff campus, regionally throughout Arizona, or online, we prepare our students to achieve their human potential in ways that serve the state, the region, the nation, and the world.

If you can see yourself as part of a university community dedicated to its students and their success, NAU might be the right fit for you.

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