Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership

Northern Arizona University
COE: Educational Leadership

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Job Title: Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership
Location: COE: Educational Leadership
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605876
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.

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Special Information

This is a tenure-track 9-month position at Assistant Professor level in the Department of Educational Leadership (EDL) based in Flagstaff, AZ with an option to work from a statewide location (e.g., Phoenix, AZ). This appointment will begin in Fall 2022. The EDL Department houses multiple graduate degree and certificate programs related to K-12 and Community College/Higher Education leadership, research, and education foundations. This position is part of the COE Cluster Hire focused on equity and social justice and would support leadership students through research, which prepares scholar-practitioners for leadership positions in community colleges, tribal colleges, universities, and K-12 schools. We seek a scholar who employs critical methodologies and theories in their research, innovations, and outreach in Indigenous, Black, and LatinX communities leading to positive educational outcomes.

Job Description

Northern Arizona University’s Educational Leadership Department is recruiting a leadership scholar who is committed to addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and access in Arizona PK-20 schools/universities to serve as a faculty member in the Educational Leadership department as part of a COE Cluster hire. 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 Educational Leadership with a record of research productivity commiserate with experience 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, underserved 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 successful candidate will contribute to the teaching, research, advising, and service responsibilities associated with the doctoral and master’s programs in Educational Leadership, including critical methodologies and theories in their research, innovations, and outreach in Indigenous, Black, and LatinX communities leading to positive educational outcomes. Additionally, this position will provide leadership to master’s degree (M.Ed.) courses and support part-time faculty who teach these courses. Candidates from any methodological tradition (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods) are encouraged to apply. Regardless of research methodology, candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and equity in P20 institutions of education. Review will begin tentatively on January 10 (add date from all cluster positions).

The appointment involves teaching, research, and service to the university and profession. Standard faculty load distribution is 60% teaching (3 graduate courses per semester), 20% research, and 20% service, with opportunities for reduced teaching loads based on grant buyouts and other related work. Funds have been committed to support research start-up. It is expected that the successful candidate will support student and departmental needs through engagement with students beyond coursework including participating in committee and service work and being an active member of and chairing dissertation committees.

The successful candidate will have evidence of potential for establishing a record of publication and scholarship related to P20 Leadership with/in Indigenous, LatinX, Black communities, evidence of promoting and supporting equity and social justice; a willingness to accommodate a variety of strategies in instructional delivery and learning activities, including online and blended learning; and ability to work collaboratively with other faculty and university professionals. The position is open to candidates with expertise in any methodological tradition (e.g., critical qualitative methods, transformative mixed-methods, participatory action research, critical quantitative methods, etc.).

Minimum Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree or ABD (degree must be conferred prior to start of contract) in K-12 or higher education or a related field (e.g., candidates will be considered if their degree is in a related field with a significant focus in K-12 or higher education as evidenced by the dissertation topic or grant activities)
  • College teaching experience, including as a graduate assistant, adjunct
  • Expertise in at least one area of scholarship relevant to the cluster hire focus as demonstrated by publications/high-quality presentations
  • Leadership experience in Pk-20 education institutions broadly defined.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated success in working with a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to develop and teach graduate-level courses on critical perspectives, social justice, and equity in K-12 and/or higher education, including tribal college and community college leadership focusing, for example, on transitions, access, or pathways
  • Experience mentoring doctoral students and/or advising dissertations
  • Evidence of a research agenda that aligns with this position description and includes submitted/published scholarship
  • Evidence of working with diverse communities based on ethnicity, race, national origin, language, age, gender, religion, abilities, sexual orientation, and other social identities that contribute to an inclusive and equitable community of graduate students, leaders, and scholars
  • Demonstrated experience teaching content-specific courses in educational leadership utilizing blended, in-person, and/or online modalities such as Blackboard Learn and social media
  • Evidence of service to professional organizations and the field (e.g., experience serving as a conference/journal reviewer, active memberships, e.g. UCEA, ASHE, AERA, NIEA, AIHEC, NAME, HACU, CHfC
  • Ability to teach existing courses in the EdD curriculum in K-12 or Community College Higher Education Leadership
  • Experience and interest in developing new EdD courses that align within areas of expertise

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. NAU carefully balances teaching, scholarship and service 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. For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research that extend to such national concerns as forest health and bioterrorism. 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 the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.

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

Please submit the documents outlined above with your application by January 26, 2022. Semi-finalists will be asked to provide a writing sample in advance of the first round of interviews.

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 605876, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include:

  • Cover letter that addresses your contributions to the COE cluster hire initiative
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • One-page diversity statement that highlights your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Please include examples from your past experiences and your future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • A list of three professional references with contact information

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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