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Assistant Professor, Art Education

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Assistant Professor, Art Education

Location: School of Art
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606718
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

Northern Arizona University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and committed to serving Native American and Indigenous communities. The School of Art works to elevate critical, trans-disciplinary connections, divergent thinking, communications, compassion and tolerance. The university's Flagstaff Mountain Campus is situated at the foot of San Francisco Peaks and surrounded by Coconino National Forest.

The School of Art at Northern Arizona University has over 500 declared majors and offers three undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts Studio Art with emphasis ceramics, painting, new media, printmaking, and sculpture; Bachelor of Science Interior Design; Bachelor of Science Secondary Education with PK-12 art emphasis. The Art Education program has a sustained record of student placement and academic collaboration between students and faculty.

Teacher preparation programs at Northern Arizona University are nationally accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Job Description

Northern Arizona University seeks applicants for a full time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Art Education, with a start date of Fall 2023. The successful candidate will
  1. Coordinate the Art Education program.
  2. Teach undergraduate art education courses.
  3. Teach independent studies and undergraduate research including, but not limited to, art education.
  4. Mentor students.
  5. Work with diverse student populations.
  6. Maintain scholarly and creative activities.
  7. Provide service to the department, institution, community, and profession.
  8. Develop partnerships with PK-12 school districts throughout Arizona and elsewhere.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD or EdD in Art Education or closely related discipline conferred by contract start date. Closely related discipline may include: art history, museum education, visual culture, art theory and criticism, aesthetics and philosophy of art, anthropology or creative technologies.
  • One year community college or university teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three or more years of successful PK-12 art teaching experience.
  • Documented record of scholarly and/or creative activity.
  • Working knowledge of contemporary art education practice including state and national visual arts standards, lesson planning, assessment, and classroom management.
  • Evidence of sensitivity to the educational needs of diverse student and faculty populations including (but not limited to) individuals of color, LBGTQIA, students from low-income backgrounds, first-generation students, individuals with disabilities, non-traditional students, veterans, Southwest and rural populations, and English language learners.
  • Experience with collection, analysis, and reporting of program data.
  • Evidence of commitment to community outreach.

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, 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.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

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 candidate's qualifications and related 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

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on November 21, 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 'Current Openings' links, locate vacancy 606718, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Please attach the following application materials to your online application:
  • Brief letter of interest (750 words maximum) detailing education, career path, challenges and accomplishments, and personal vision for this position;
  • Include within the letter of interest, a diversity statement that describes (a) past experiences and/or (b) future commitment to mentoring a diverse student body through teaching, creative activity, and scholarship, and (c) service supporting diverse populations within the larger community
  • CV;
  • List of post-secondary courses taught including year(s), course titles and catalog descriptions;
  • Sample art education course syllabus;
  • Unofficial transcript(s) of highest degree(s) earned; and
  • Contact information (email and phone number) for three references.

Note: applications delivered by any other means will not be considered.

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 Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773, [email protected], or PO Box 5633, 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.

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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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