Postdoctoral Scholar - Ethics & Leadership

Northern Arizona University

View more

Position Type
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Postdoctoral Scholar - Ethics & Leadership

Location: Philosophy
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606282
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 position is subject to the availability of funding. The incumbent is not eligible for Service Professional non-renewal notice, or Classified Staff layoff or recall status.
  • There may be some local and regional travel as part of community engagement.

Job Description

This one-year Postdoctoral Scholar appointment will be in conjunction with NAU's Institute for Public and Professional Ethics in Leadership, an Institute that promotes civil discourse about ethics and leadership through academic research, an interdisciplinary curriculum, co-curricular programs, and community engagement. The Postdoctoral Scholar will contribute to the mission and values of the Department of Philosophy and the Institute for Public and Professional Ethics in Leadership by teaching courses in ethics (two in the fall semester and one in the spring semester), conducting research on themes related to ethics, and giving one public presentation on their research.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will be working closely with both the Department of Philosophy and the Institute for Public and Professional Ethics in Leadership, they will be an active member of the NAU scholarly community, and they will serve as an intellectual resource for the broader community.

Essential Functions

Research & Publications - 50%
  • Refines and expands on completed PhD thesis or themes related to thesis.
  • Prepares primary and/or secondary research for thesis publication as monograph or peer reviewed articles.
  • Explores new research in the field of Ethics and/or Applied Ethics.
  • Acts as a liaison with faculty affiliates of the Institute for Public and Professional Ethics in Leadership where appropriate and serves a resource for students and faculty.

Teaching & Student- Realted Activites - 30%
  • Teaches two 3-credit courses in the fall semester and one 3-credit course in the spring semester.
  • Depending on the final candidate's expertise, one course will be on their research in Ethics (PHI 325, Topics in Ethics) and the other two courses will be within Ethics (such as PHI 105, Introduction to Ethics) and/or Applied Ethics (such as PHI 331, Environmental Ethics, PHI 335, Ethics and Disability, etc.).

Program Outreach & Collaboration - 15%
  • Presents at least one public presentation at NAU that will be advertised to the general public in addition to the NAU community.
  • Participates in outreach to local and regional communities, such as moderating a community discussion or presenting at a community Sedona Salon, both of which are organized by Philosophy in the Public Interest, an award-winning, community-centered initiative within the Department of Philosophy.
  • Participates in Department of Philosophy and Institute for Public and Professional Ethics in Leadership events, including, when applicable, student research projects or Institute brownbag sessions.
  • Participates in the regional High School Ethics Bowl to be organizedby and held at NAU in Spring 2023.

Other - 5%
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Philosophy or related field conferred by start date, with and area of specialty in Ethics, broadly construed to include applied ethics and political/social philosophy.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An active scholarly agenda, including research that has or will lead to peer-reviewed publications or presentations.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness, which can include student evaluations, prior supervisor/peer assessments, class visitations reviews, and/or other materials.
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in teaching, research, and/or service.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Experience or interest in developing programming that elevates the public profile of Philosophy in general and Ethics in particular.
  • Ability to engage across philosophical sub-fields and conduct interdisciplinary research.
  • Knowledge of and research in ethics.
  • Ability to teach ethics at the undergraduate level.
  • Ability to articulate ethical ideas to general audiences effectively.

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.


This is a 9-month position. The annual salary has been prorated to reflect the anticpated range of $41,084 - $51,363. Annual salary commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related experience.

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.


Post-Doctoral Scholars are hired on a contract basis, renewable each fiscal year for a maximum of 4 renewals (5 years) according to terms of the Arizona Board of Regents' Conditions of Post-Doctoral Service. NAU offers an excellent benefit package to Post-Doctoral Scholars including generous health, dental and vision insurance; 10 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. Participation in NAU retirement plans is not available to Post-Doctoral Scholars. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days. If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years.

Application Deadline

June 13, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources 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.

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

Copyright ©2022 Inc. All rights reserved.

Posted by the FREE value-added recruitment advertising agency


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.

Find Us
PO Box 4113 Flagstaff, AZ 86011
United States

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert