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Assistant Professor in Educational Specialties - ESL and Bilingual Education

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Job Title: Assistant Professor in Educational Specialties - ESL and Bilingual Education
Location: COE: Educational Specialties
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605913
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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.

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Special Information

Northern Arizona University sits at the base of the Sacred Peaks, on homelands sacred to Native Americans throughout the region. We honor their past, present, and future generations, who have lived here for millennia and will forever call this place home.

This is a tenure track, Assistant Professor, academic year position based in Flagstaff, Arizona, in the Department of Educational Specialties. The appointment begins Fall 2022 academic semester. The Department of Educational Specialties is located within the College of Education and offers master’s degrees in ESL and Bilingual Education with emphases in ESL or Bilingual Education, undergraduate coursework leading the Arizona endorsement in Structured English Immersion and General Studies courses in multicultural education. The Department of Educational Specialties has statewide locations that also offer accredited programs.

Aligned with NAU’s mission “to develop solutions to challenges and drive innovation in a supportive, inclusive, and diverse environment,” the College of Education seeks to build on our strength in preparing culturally responsive educators. We are hiring five new tenure-track faculty who are experienced or emergent researchers, committed to addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and access in Arizona PK-20 educational institutions. These faculty positions are part of a new initiative at NAU to foster equity and to promote the success of our diverse undergraduate and graduate student populations. Successful applicants will have a doctoral degree in areas of need as identified in the qualifications section, a record of research productivity, and a commitment to undergraduate and/or graduate teaching and mentoring. We particularly encourage applications from individuals who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color), disabled, and/or LGBTQ+.

With Arizona’s changing demographics -- the largest population of students in the state’s public schools are Latinx, and Indigenous students represent 22 federally recognized tribes -- the College of Education is focused on preparing individuals who can contribute to academic preparedness, positive educational outcomes, school climate, and fostering college-going and completion rates in economically and racially diverse communities. We seek candidates who ground their work in issues of equity, power, and justice to contribute to the College’s goal of developing professionals who implement anti-racist, culturally responsive, inclusive, and equitable practices. Relevant background for the positions includes expertise in one or more issues of race, culture, class, gender, language, disability, and sexuality. Successful candidates will have experience and a research focus centering Indigenous and/or Latinx communities, issues, histories, and/or epistemologies.

The following tenure-track Assistant Professor positions are included in this cluster hire:

    Bilingual Multicultural EducationEducational LeadershipElementary Mathematics EducationCounseling Student Affairs Diversity in Human Development and Behavior

Job Description

The Department of Educational Specialties (ESP) is seeking to fill an Assistant Professor in Educational Specialties – ESL and Bilingual Education position at our Flagstaff Mountain campus beginning in August 2022. The position is a 9-month tenure-track faculty line, with the opportunity for summer teaching. This position is part of a cluster hire initiative in the College of Education.

We invite applications to contribute to the Department of Educational Specialties graduate programs through teaching and scholarship on the preparation of teachers who use linguistically and culturally sustaining approaches. The successful candidate will have enthusiasm for teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level and expertise in ESL and Bilingual education, with a special focus on diversity applied to one or more of the following areas: applied linguistics and, assessment of minority learners. The successful candidate will also have demonstrated potential for advancing an active independent and collaborative research agenda and securing external research funding. We welcome applications from candidates whose research is grounded in Latinx and/or Indigenous communities/epistemologies within the study of ESL and Bilingual Multicultural Education.


    Teach courses on Linguistics in Educational Contexts, Assessment of Minority Learners, Methods in ESL and Bilingual Education in the BME Area’s programs. Possible course assignments include but are not limited to: Linguistics in Educational Contexts, Assessment of Bilingual and Second Language Learners, Structured English Immersion and Sheltered English Content Instruction.Teach in-person, blended, and online coursesMaintain an active independent and collaborative research agenda aligned to the cluster hire goalsPrepare and manage external grant proposals/programsFulfill service responsibilities to the department, college, and the profession

Minimum Qualifications
  1. Earned Doctorate in TESOL, Bilingual Multicultural Education, Applied Linguistics, or a closely related field. ABD candidates may be considered only if you will have your degree by the start date
  2. Evidence of teaching experience at the university/college level
  3. Evidence of 3 years' Pre K-12 teaching experience
  4. Bilingual in a language taught in Arizona classrooms such as Spanish and Indigenous Arizona languages
  5. Evidence of an active research agenda

Preferred Qualifications
  1. Demonstrated experience in working with diverse populations of students to include students from Indigenous and Latinx communities.
  2. Demonstrated commitment to educational justice and/or sociolinguistic justice.
  3. Demonstrated ability to teach bilingually in Spanish/English or an Arizona Indigenous language/English.
  4. Evidence at the college level in the preparation of teachers to use linguistically and culturally sustaining content and pedagogy.
  5. Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain independent and collaborative scholarship in area of expertise, aligned to the cluster hire goals.
  6. Demonstrated ability to prepare and manage external grant proposals/programs in area of expertise, aligned to the cluster hire goals.
  7. Demonstrated success in working with an interdisciplinary team.
  8. Demonstrated success in teaching using translanguaging practices.

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

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 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 position will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on January 26, 2022.

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 605913, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Please submit the documents outlined below with your application:

    A cover letter detailing qualifications for this position and research agenda. Cover letter should address candidate’s contributions to the COE cluster hire initiativeCurriculum vitae (CV)Copies of graduate transcripts (originals will be required of the successful applicant)1-2 examples of research publications (e.g., articles, conference presentations, manuscript drafts)One-page diversity statement that highlights your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please include examples from your past experiences and your plans to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.A statement of teaching and mentorship philosophyA list of three professional references with contact information
Identify each attachment with your last name, first name, and the vacancy number.

The committee may request additional information later.

If you are unable to embed the PDFs in the single application document, please send those as a separate attachment to [email protected] with your name and the position you are applying for listed in the subject line.

For further information about the position, contact Educational Specialties Department Chair, Shadow Armfield (Shadow [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.

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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