Lecturer or Assistant Teaching Professor in Astronomy

Northern Arizona University
Astronomy & Planetary Sciences

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Science & Technology, Physical Sciences
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Assistant Professor
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Title: Lecturer or Assistant Teaching Professor in Astronomy
Location: Astronomy & Planetary Sciences
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 606215
Workplace Culture

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Special Information

This is a non-tenure track, full time, benefit eligible, academic year appointed faculty position.

Job Description

The Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science at Northern Arizona University invites applications for the position of a non-tenure track Lecturer or Assistant Teaching Professor, starting August 2022. The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate courses across a full range of classroom environments, from large introductory lectures to small upper-division courses, and to organize and supervise Introductory Astronomy labs. The large introductory courses offered by the department are, for example, Introduction to Astronomy, Introduction to Planetary Science, Introduction to Indigenous Astronomy, and Diversity in Astronomy. These courses support our departmental program as well as those of other campus units.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach in collaboration with department faculty and staff, seek out regular professional development around student success and effective teaching, and perform service roles in the Department. Research and other forms of scholarship activity are not an expectation for this position, and thus release time will not be allocated for them. However, research or mentoring involving undergraduate students are welcome and may be eligible for credit. The Department also welcomes new curriculum development but this is not required.

NAU affirms the importance and critical need for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) in higher education and we seek to hire an individual with a strong track record of engagement with DEIJ in their professional endeavors. We require as part of your application inclusion of a one-page DEIJ statement that addresses your values and/or philosophy, accomplishments, experiences, education, and training with DEIJ. We highly encourage the integration of one or more of the following considerations into your statement to be as specific and concrete as possible in any examples you provide.

  • Past and future integration of DEIJ aspects and issues into your professional activities, and any impact of that DEIJ inclusion on the institution, your discipline, and the larger community
  • Professional, industry, and/or community service that contributes to building respectful and inclusive organizational climates, advances institutional recruitment of marginalized people, and raises awareness of DEIJ issues

    Minimum Qualifications
      An earned MS in Astronomy (for Lecturer) or PhD in Astronomy (for Assistant Teaching Professor), or in a closely related field, conferred by August 19, 2022Experience teaching at the undergraduate level
    • Complete application packet

    Preferred Qualifications
    • An earned PhD in Astronomy (for Lecturer), or in a closely related field, conferred by August 19, 2022
    • Experience with and/or commitment to working with students and individuals from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds
    • Evidence of effective teaching practices for lectures and labs
    • Outstanding communication skills
    • Experience in online modalities of teaching or other hybrid teaching methods
    • Experience with traditional and non-traditional course delivery including the use of active learning techniques and student-centered teaching practices
    • Evidence of effective mentoring of students

    General Information

    The Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science comprises 11 faculty members, around 100 undergraduate students, and around 30 graduate students. We offer a bachelor’s degree in Astronomy, a doctoral degree in Astronomy and Planetary Science, and our faculty conducts research of small bodies, moons, planetary geology, planets and exoplanets, and a possible Planet X in the Solar System with a wide range of studies including fieldwork, spacecraft missions, laboratory experiments, and telescope observations.

    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.

    At NAU, we want an environment in which all members of the community feel safe, respected, and free to participate. We embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity as foundational values of NAU and welcome all applicants. For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

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    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 and qualifications.


    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.

    Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

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

    Submission Deadline

    This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on May 5, 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 nau.jobs, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 606215, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

    Applications must include:

    1. a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position;
    2. a curriculum vitae;
    3. an unofficial copy of graduate transcript;
    4. names and contact information (phone number, email, and address) for three references;
    5. a statement of teaching philosophy, including information or evidence of effective teaching (teaching evaluation data, quotations from students, peer observations, etc.)
    6. a one-page DEIJ statement (see description above).

    Please address questions to: Dr. Lisa Chien, Astronomy Lecturer Search Committee Chair, ([email protected]), Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science, PO Box 6010, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-6010

    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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