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Assistant Professor - Parks and Recreation Management

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Job Title: Assistant Professor - Parks and Recreation Management
Location: Geography, Planning&Recreation
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605843
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Special Information
Northern Arizona University’s Geography, Planning and Recreation department is conducting a search for an Assistant Professor in our Parks and Recreation Management (PRM) program. This is a nine-month, tenure-track research position with the expectation to teach, conduct research and participate in service. Although the position is situated in the Geography, Planning and Recreation department, the successful candidate will also have a working affiliation with the Institute for Human Development (IHD). The position will start in August 2022 at the Flagstaff Campus.

Job Description

This faculty member will primarily be responsible for teaching PRM courses focused on professional preparation and engagement to students in the BS and MS in the Parks and Recreation Management programs. Preference will be given to candidates with a background of work experience or research interests based on providing services for individuals with disabilities in leisure or therapeutic settings. The successful candidate is expected to have a relevant and comprehensive research agenda that either complements current PRM or IHD research projects or has an expertise within areas such as health equity, social inclusion, community engagement, and/or disability advocacy.

The successful candidate is expected to teach, produce scholarly research, obtain external funding to conduct research, advise, be able to provide leadership in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, and collaborate with IHD on research and community engagement projects. Additional duties may include graduate student advising, chairing graduate dissertation, thesis, and practicum projects, and university service. The successful candidate will be committed to supporting and enhancing a culturally rich and diverse learning environment. The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.

Success in the position is dependent upon a demonstrated and continuing connectedness to the discipline of parks and recreation, including areas of therapeutic recreation, inclusive recreation, adaptive sports/recreation, and/or adventure therapies.

The Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation is a unit within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Our Parks and Recreation Management (PRM) program has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) since 1999. PRM has six full-time faculty and approximately 250 campus and distance undergraduate students as well as an online Master of Science degree.

The Institute for Human Development (IHD) is a research and training program located on campus at Northern Arizona University. The Institute’s mission is to promote full inclusion by advancing attitudes that value persons with disabilities and enhancing access to all aspects of the human experience. The IHD offers the Disability Studies minor and Disability Resources graduate certificate and is a primary partner in the Interdisciplinary Health PhD program in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The successful candidate may also be affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Health doctoral program.

Minimum Qualifications
    A terminal degree (PhD or Doctorate) in a related field, with at least one academic degree in recreation. Related fields may include counseling, social work, sociology, psychology, anthropology, leisure studies, geography, indigenous studies, ethnic studies, health sciences, human development, and disability studies. ABD candidates must complete degree requirements by date of hire.Three years of experience in one or more of the following: parks and recreation management; recreational therapy; inclusive recreation; adaptive sports/recreation; or outdoor behavioral therapies.Record of extensive professional accomplishment and/or research in therapeutic recreation/recreational therapy, disability studies, or a closely related field with demonstration of or potential to obtain external funding.

Preferred Qualifications
    Evidence of professional and educational commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity.Evidence of success in working in diverse departments with faculty, staff, and students. Holds, or ability to obtain, discipline-relevant credential(s): Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (NCTRC); Certified Clinical Adventure Therapist (AEE); Certified Activity Professionals (NCCAP)Evidence of excellence in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate therapeutic recreation, parks and recreation management, or leisure studies courses in multimodal formats including in-person and/or remote learning. Evidence of work experience developing therapeutic recreation curriculum.Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching and student-related responsibilities or evidence of potential teaching effectiveness in therapeutic recreation and the PRM core curriculum.

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, 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.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

As of 12/10/21, the Safer Federal Workforce employee vaccination requirement is currently suspended pending the outcome of a federal court-issued injunction. This injunction has suspended the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. For current status of the vaccine requirement and/or questions, 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.


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 January 5, 2022; with weekly review 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 605843, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: 1) A cover letter of interest indicating the position for which you are applying; 2) A current curriculum vitae; 3) A teaching statement; 4) A research statement 5) A diversity statement describing past experiences with and/or potential for future commitment to mentoring a diverse student body through teaching and/or research, and scholarship and service endeavors supporting diverse populations within the larger community.; 6) Unofficial copies of all academic transcripts; 7) A writing sample or publication (if ABD, draft chapter from dissertation); and 8) Contact information for at least three professional references. Direct inquiries about this position to Susan Purrington, search committee co-chair, [email protected]. 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.


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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