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Open Rank Faculty Position, Public Administration

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Job Title: Open Rank Faculty Position, Public Administration
Location: Politics & Int'l Affairs
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605892
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

Job Description

The Department of Politics and International Affairs (PIA) seeks a tenure track scholar in the field of public administration. The rank is open. The successful candidate will be expected to serve as the MPA Coordinator. The successful candidate will be a scholar in any area of public administration, with the ability to contribute to teaching in the MPA program. NAU and the Department of PIA are committed to hiring and developing a diverse faculty, and we encourage candidates from underrepresented groups as well as individuals who have experience working with diverse communities. The department has foci in the areas of environment, development and diversity. The successful candidate will have primary oversight of the MPA program, including, program assessment, community outreach to city, county and tribal government stakeholders, alumni relations, and implementation of our diversity, equity, and inclusion plan. The successful candidate will also be an active member of the Department of Politics and International Affairs, contributing to our research and teaching missions. The MPA Coordinator will report directly to the department Chair and work with the MPA faculty in overseeing the PA course offerings in the department. Compensated summer work will be expected, but the terms will be negotiable. In this position, the successful candidate will manage graduate offerings in the MPA program, coordinate with our undergraduate program in PA, and have the opportunity to shape its future as a preeminent online program in the Southwest. This position is in beautiful Flagstaff, AZ.

In order to meet our commitments as an institution committed to the advancement and success of Native American students and a Hispanic Serving Institution, as well as to support efforts promoting justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, NAU will be making a cluster hire this year across several disciplines. Broadly, this cluster is in the areas of Latinx Studies and/or Indigenous Studies. Departments participating include Comparative Cultural Studies, Music, Anthropology, Applied Indigenous Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, and Psychological Sciences

Applicants will be evaluated consistent with the rank for which the candidate is applying. A mandatory two (2) year probationary period is required prior to application for tenure for the ranks of Associate or Full Professor.

Questions can be addressed to Stephen Nuño, Chair at [email protected].

Minimum Qualifications

For rank of ASSISTANT Professor

  • Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. or DPA in Public Administration or a related field, and evidence of managerial or administrative experience, whether in academia or in the public or non-profit sectors.

For rank of ASSOCIATE Professor

  • Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. or DPA in Public Administration or a related field, and evidence of managerial or administrative experience, whether in academia or in the public or non-profit sectors academic.
  • A research record commensurate with that required for associate professors in the unit (8 peer reviewed articles or equivalent).

For rank of Professor

  • Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. or DPA in Public Administration or a related field, and evidence of managerial or administrative experience, whether in academia or in the public or non-profit sectors academic.
  • A research record commensurate with that required for professors in the unit (16 peer reviewed articles or equivalent).

Note, peer reviewed books are counted as equivalent to three journal articles in the unit.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated advocacy for underrepresented communities, such as Native American, Hispanic, rural, and first-generation students, through research, teaching, or community engagement.
  • A demonstrated record of published research consistent with the rank for which you are applying.
  • Potential to lead the accreditation process and administration of MPA program.
  • Experience with organizational or international partnerships.
  • Experience with online delivery of education consistent with rank for which you are applying.

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 13, 2022, with weekly reviews 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 605879, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your qualifications for this position, teaching, administrative and research, and the rank for which you are applying (2) a curriculum vitae with contact information for three references; (3) a statement of leadership philosophy; and (4) a diversity statement that articulates experience with advocacy for underrepresented communities. 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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