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Assistant Professor - Environmental Communication

Northern Arizona University
School of Communication
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Job Title: Assistant Professor - Environmental Communication
Location: School of Communication
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605902
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Special Information

The School of Communication at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Communication Studies with an emphasis in environmental communication to begin August 2022.

Job Description

The School of Communication at Northern Arizona University is seeking a scholar with a focus on Environmental Communication to join the Communication Studies program at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a scholar with a research agenda centered on environmental communication, with preference given to those candidates who work in relation to indigenous, culturally diverse, marginalized, or inter-natural communities, and/or environmental justice. Researchers who study the role of communication in the emergence and evolution of sustainable communities, environmental movements, and/or social policy are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will contribute to development of curriculum in environmental communication and teach environmentally focused courses for our Bachelor’s in Communication Studies and MA in Communication, contribute to the non-environmental teaching needs of Communication Studies and the MA in Communication, and potentially offer support for the MA in Sustainable Communities as befits their experience and expertise. Strong preference is for candidates with a record of success or high potential to secure external grants and those who demonstrate potential to contribute to advancement of diversity and inclusion in the School and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. We encourage the successful candidate to collaborate with interdisciplinary research groups within the School and across campus.

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.

Minimum Qualifications

PhD in Communication or a closely related discipline, or a PhD in an environmental discipline and a master’s degree in Communication. An ABD will be considered if there is evidence of the degree to be conferred by August 2022.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Record of scholarly publications and/or presentations in competitive, peer-reviewed conferences or other evidence of potential for high achievement in scholarship.
  • A record of environmental communication scholarship.
  • Demonstrated success in teaching, or evidence of potential teaching effectiveness, in environmental communication with an emphasis in one or more of the following areas: risk communication, science communication, health communication, environmental policy, environmental movements, data analytics, public participation, environmental mediation, and communication with rural and/or underserved populations.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with environmental justice, environmental racism, indigenous knowledge, or related topics.
  • The ability to contribute new courses to our existing curriculum that will allow our program to grow in the area of environmental communication.
  • Demonstrated success in teaching, or evidence of potential teaching effectiveness, in a variety of areas in Communication Studies, including research methods, theory, and various communication contexts (e.g., organizational, political, social media, mediation).
  • Willingness or demonstrated ability to teach online courses at the graduate level.
  • Demonstrated potential or interest in collaborative research.
  • Record of or potential for success in securing external research funding.
  • Evidence of quantitative research skills.
  • Evidence of contribution or potential to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion in educational or related settings.

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 605902, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a letter of application detailing how the applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualifications for the position, their research program and goals, their teaching philosophy, and a statement on their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion that describes past experiences with and/or potential for future commitment to mentoring a diverse student body through teaching, research, and/or service endeavors; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) copies of graduate transcripts; (4) two relevant examples of scholarly research; and (5) names and contact information for three references capable of addressing the applicant's qualifications for the position. If you have specific questions about the position, please contact the chair of the search committee at [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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