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Internal search for Associate Dean - College of Education

Northern Arizona University
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Job Title: Internal search for Associate Dean - College of Education
Location: Professional Education Progs
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605794
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.

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

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

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

Job Description

**Internal Candidates Only**

The Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation in the College of Education (COE) is a full-time, fiscal year appointment that reports to the COE Dean. This position oversees the Professional Education Programs (PEP) unit supporting programs leading to an educator licensure/certification housed within both COE and four other colleges as well as associated responsibilities. This position oversees multiple academic program requirements as well as related scholarship programs and federal reporting. This position serves as a member of the COE Leadership Team and coordinates and facilities the Initial Teacher Preparation and Advanced Coordinating Councils.

The following describes the major job functions that encompass the position responsibilities.

General Information

College of Education (COE) seeks an Associate Dean who is a facilitative and visionary leader who can work with faculty, staff, other campus leaders, and students to strengthen the goals and mission of the college. The Associate Dean will serve as an effective leader for faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the education community within the state. The Associate Dean is a member of the COE leadership team and is expected to participate in and contribute to this group’s work and to support initiatives identified by the Dean. In addition, the Associate Dean will support and model high standards of performance and ethical behavior; develop and demonstrate a deep knowledge of all COE and secondary education academic programs, grant projects, and partnership activities; and remain current with respect to future trends and issues in Arizona P-12 education and higher education. The successful candidate will possess exemplary interpersonal skills and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and in initiatives that serve and supports underrepresented communities. In addition, the successful candidate should demonstrate strong communication skills. The position is based in Flagstaff, but some travel to statewide sites is expected.

Leadership and Management

    Oversee efforts to meet Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accreditation, Arizona State Board of Education approval, and NAU, Higher Learning Commission and Arizona Board of Regents assessment and program review requirementsRepresent NAU and COE on Arizona Department of Education committees, at Arizona State Board of Education meetings, and education related committees, as neededOversee the budget for the Professional Education Programs unit, which is responsible for costs related to student teaching placements as well as national accreditationReview curricular changes for education programs leading to licensure/certification and keep abreast of university issues, and assist/lead with the implementation of policy changes and new initiatives that support underrepresented groupsDevelop positive and collegial relationships with other associate deans and college leaders serving in the four colleges that sponsor teacher preparation programsDirectly supervise staff members and support supervision for unit (approximately 7 full-time staff members, and 2 GAs).
Student Teaching

    Oversee and support the PEP Director of Student Teaching and staff who secure placements and ensures successful completion of the student teaching requirements and licensure/certification verification for approximately 500-600 student teachers annually, involving multiple communications with school/district liaisons, principals, teachers, and student teachers, including student alerts that may occur during the course of student teaching
Data Management, Accreditation, and Program and Assessment Support

    Serve as a functional owner for the initial teacher preparation programs Data Management System, which includes the online admission and student teaching applications; includes system improvements projects Oversee the CAEP national accreditation evidence collection process and ensure initial and advanced standards are being addressed and ongoing work and data are documented in the annual accreditation report as well as the self-study report due every 7 years (next report due in 2023)Provide assessment and data reporting support for program review through ADE or Specialized Professional Associations, university degree biennial program assessment requirements related to Higher Learning Commission accreditation, and assisting with writing for formal reports and reviewing and providing feedback on assessment instruments and analysis, interpretation, and use of data narratives written by faculty/leadership.
  • Develop and maintain quality assurance system for initial teacher preparation and advanced professional education programs including administration of common instructional modules (e.g., Professional dispositions) and surveys/ instruments such as Exit, Transition-to-Teaching, Alumni, Employer and Supervisor Surveys, student teaching observation instrument (NIET Aspiring Teacher Rubric), etc.
  • Support programs in meeting State Approval & Federal Reporting, working in collaboration with the Institutional Research and Analysis office to complete required, and annual federal reporting (Title II Reports).
  • Serve on the NAU Academic Compliance Steering Committee and oversee work for COE and PEP programs related to federal regulations (i.e., Higher Education Act of 2019 regulations and NC SARA) for licensed programs (see
Arizona Teachers Academy

    Support collaboration and communications with the Arizona Board of Regents, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship, Student and Departmental Account Services, Enrollment Management, Educational Partnerships, and NAU Yuma regarding implementation of the Arizona Teacher Academy agreements, policies and procedures related to program regulations and the awarding of scholarships and other benefits, and addressing issues that arise
  • Support legislative and media requests for interviews with ATA students and graduates, including assisting with coordination and communication to NAU’s ATA Student Ambassadors group

Minimum Qualifications
    Current full-time faculty rank at Northern Arizona University (tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure track)Three or more years of direct experience in P-12 settingsA record of university teaching and/or scholarshipThree or more years of administrative/leadership experience in a higher education setting

Preferred Qualifications
    Demonstrated commitment to university and college serviceDemonstrated commitment to work with diverse individuals and serve underrepresented communitiesExperience with completing successful accreditation reports, self-studies, program reviews, etc.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
    Knowledge of national accreditation and state approval standards, policies, and proceduresKnowledge of university policies, standards, and proceduresStrong communication, writing, and conflict management skillsStrong data reporting and analysis knowledge and skillsDemonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse cultural 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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Under the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, NAU expects all employees, including new hires, to be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation. Proof of vaccination will be required by January 18, 2021. For questions about vaccines and medical or religious accommodations, please visit FAQs for Employee Vaccination Requirement.

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 as this campus has 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.


Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


This is an Administrative Faculty (ADF) 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); 22 days of vacation, 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.

Administrative Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable annually according to the terms of offer. Upon completion of the administrative assignment, employees will return to the faculty role, renewable according to the Conditions of Faculty Service. Academic year (9 month) faculty do not accrue vacation. 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.

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on November 29, 2021.

How to Apply
Applicants for this position should submit a letter of interest addressing qualifications relevant to the position, a CV, and names of three references electronically to [email protected], copying [email protected] Applications are requested by November 29, 2021. Screening will begin on November 30.

Individuals with questions are encouraged to contact Christopher Griffin, Chair of the Search Committee, Christopher Griffin ([email protected]).

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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