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Assistant Professor of Practice - K-12 Center AZ Teacher Residency Program in Phoenix, AZ

Northern Arizona University
Arizona K-12 Center
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Job Title: Assistant Professor of Practice - K-12 Center AZ Teacher Residency Program in Phoenix, AZ
Location: Arizona K-12 Center
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 606143
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

Special Information

This is a one-year Assistant Professor of Practice (non-tenure-track) position based in Phoenix, Arizona in the Department of Teaching and Learning. The Department of Teaching and Learning is located within the College of Education. This position will serve the Arizona Teacher Residency, housed at the Arizona K12 Center. The position is renewable, based on availability of funds, effective performance, and program needs. The appointment will begin in the Spring of 2022.

The successful candidate should be able to serve as anchor faculty in the Arizona Teacher Residency program, teach courses throughout the year, travel to various field sites to observe students and to assist in faculty development. During the Summer months, this faculty member will engage in the coordination of instructional activities, curricula, benchmarks and events for Arizona Teacher Residency, and may also teach a summer course. A documented commitment to curricular innovation and collaboration with university and practitioner colleagues is highly desired, as well as a demonstrated ability to effectively teach a diverse student population and work with other diverse internal and external groups. Position is subject to the availability of funding.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Job Description

The successful candidate will: Teach, provide supervision and support for graduate students (residents) in the Arizona Teacher Residency Program, and coordinate coursework in the program. Responsibilities include teaching courses that are part of NAU’s Masters in Elementary Education plus Certification program, supporting residents, observing resident fieldwork at partner school districts, and closely mentoring students and part-time faculty in this program. The faculty member will engage in program recruitment activities in close communication with Academic Program Coordinator, which entails meeting and communicating effectively with prospective students. As an anchor faculty, the appointee will also work with Supervising Teachers and District Field Coordinators who supervise fieldwork and practicum to ensure that they understand the practicum handbook(s), practicum expectations and obligations, as well as ensuring that they are in regular contact with their residents and adequately supporting them to align their teaching with best practices articulated by the program. It is essential that the faculty member becomes conversant with resources that the university offers (such as Blackboard Learn shells, syllabus repositories) and assist part-time faculty in access and proper use of these resources. Training is available to faculty who are hired into this position. Other responsibilities include recruitment and mentoring of part-time faculty teaching courses to students in the cohort, ensuring that part-time faculty are in close contact with their students, and communicating of student issues as they occur. The appointee should maintain a strong personal program of service, hold regular office hours, and generally be available to residents. Other roles include contributing to accreditation efforts, attending and participating in departmental and college events, and utilizing data to continuously improve coursework delivery and program impact. Course delivery formats include face-to-face, hybrid, and web-based instruction.

Minimum Qualifications
  1. Earned doctoral degree by Summer 2022 in education or related field
  2. 5 years of experience in the field of education, with at least 3 years of K-8 teaching experience

Preferred Qualifications
  1. 5+ years teaching K-8th grade in a racially, culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse community
  2. Knowledge of best teaching practices/models for K-Grade 8 in areas of literacy/reading, math, science, special education, or structured English immersion for K-8th grade students
  3. Online teaching experience
  4. Higher education experience related to preparing/teaching preservice/inservice teachers for K- 8th grade
  5. Experience working collaboratively with agencies, school districts, college faculty and adult learners
  6. Demonstrated expertise in elementary education through graduate course work
  7. Experience/interest with innovative approaches to teacher education
  8. Experience coaching/mentoring teachers or overseeing curriculum development
  9. Experience working with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds
  10. Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  11. National Board Teacher Certification

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 31,073, including approximately 23,000 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.

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. We acknowledge that NAU sits at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, on the homelands sacred to the people of Native American tribes throughout the region. We honor the past present, and future generations, who have lived here for millennia and for who will forever call this place home. We are proud to note that our institution is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution with 25% of students as Hispanic/Latino, 3% American Indian, 3% African American, 2% Asian American, 55% White, and 5% as multiracial. We are committed to recruiting individuals who are dedicated to inclusive excellence.

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.


Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Assistant Professor of Practice $75,000-80,000 (12 month salary)


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 April 18, 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 606143, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Online application must include:

  1. Letter of application addressing ability to meet or exceed the minimum and preferred qualifications
  2. curriculum vitae
  3. copies of unofficial transcripts (officials will be required of the successful applicant)
  4. a diversity statement exploring your commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion through education
  5. names and contact information for three references

If you have any questions about the application process, please connect with [email protected] with your last name, first name and the vacancy number listed in the subject line.

Other materials may be requested of finalists selected for interviews.

For further information, contact Chair of the Search Committee Victoria Theisen-Homer ([email protected]) or Department Chair Clement Lambert ([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.

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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