Lecturer - First Year Seminar

Northern Arizona University

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Lecturer - First Year Seminar

Location: First Year Experience
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606274
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

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.

Special Information

This posting is for a full-time, nine-month, benefit eligible, non-tenure eligible Lecturer for the First Year Seminar program. There is a possibility of renewal after the first-year contract depending on performance, continued funding, and program needs.

Job Description

Full-time, benefit-eligible Lecturer position teaching full-time in the First Year Seminar program at Northern Arizona University. The FYS program is located at the Flagstaff Mountain Campus in the College of Education. The position will report to the Director of First Year Seminar. First Year Seminar is looking for a dedicated faculty to teach and facilitate first-year seminar and student success courses beginning Fall 2022. In addition to teaching, this faculty member will support more intensive student success initiatives including, but not limited to:
  • Support first-year and academically transitioning students through seminar courses and course-based interventions
  • Complete and seek out regular professional development around student success
  • Creating safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for first-year learners
  • Engage in teaching practices that support equity and inclusion
  • Assess student success needs in the classroom and individualized settings
  • Facilitate productive, engaged problem-solving and decision-making conversations
  • Utilize active and reflective listening skills including Motivational Interviewing techniques
  • Act in the capacity of a student success advocate in searching for and utilizing university resources
  • Utilize data and data collecting mechanisms to make student success, programmatic, and classroom decisions
  • Participate in task forces and working groups for programmatic development
  • Engage reflexively in regular pilots and retention/student success initiatives

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Master's Degree
  2. Three or more years of secondary, community college, or four-year college teaching in introductory level courses

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated excellence in teaching
  2. Demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence, equity of outcomes for students, and serving students from culturally diverse backgrounds and marginalized communities (i.e., race, ethnicity, gender, region, linguistic)
  3. Five or more years of teaching experience at the college or secondary level
  4. Masters in Education, a Humanities field, Educational Psychology, Psychology, or Interdisciplinary Studies
  5. Understanding/experience of evidence-based practices for inclusive first-year student success
  6. Understanding of and experience applying Motivational Interviewing techniques or other dialogic methodologies
  7. Background, training, and/or experience in working in counseling, mentorship, or coaching emerging adults
  8. Demonstrated excellence in working collaboratively in teams and across divisions
  9. Knowledge of NAU support services, offices, and programs

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. Range $43,000- $45,000


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 position will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on May 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 nau.jobs, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 606274 and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Please attach to your application:
  1. a cover letter highlighting your interest in and particular qualifications for this position;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. copies of transcripts (originals will be required of the successful applicant);
  4. a statement of teaching philosophy that must include a description of one's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  5. teaching evaluations from one-to- two courses;
  6. names and contact information for three references.

Identify each attachment with your last name, first name and the vacancy number.

The committee may request additional information at a later date.

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.

For questions regarding this position, please contact the faculty director for the FYS program, Cody Canning at [email protected] or Melissa Westover at [email protected]; or you may contact Selita Mitchell ([email protected]), Academic Program Coordinator, Int. who is providing administrative support for this search.

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.

To apply, visit https://hr.peoplesoft.nau.edu/psp/ph92prta/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=2&JobOpeningId=606274&PostingSeq=1

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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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