Assistant Professor - Health Sciences: Public Health

Northern Arizona University

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Assistant Professor - Health Sciences: Public Health

Location: Health Sciences
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606706
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Special Information

The Department of Health Sciences, within the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at Northern Arizona University invite applicants for a full-time (9-month) tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor (Doctoral degree required) level in Public Health. The position begins August 2023. This position will perform a workload with teaching in Health Sciences and an emphasis of research and scholarship in CHER/SHERC. The successful applicant will have the expertise to teach courses on three or more of the following topics: Social Determinants of Health, Research Methods & Evaluation, Community Based Participatory Research, Environmental and Occupational Health, Health Policy and Management.

Job Description

This is a full-time, tenure eligible faculty position, requiring a balance of research, teaching, and service. This position in the department of Health Sciences will also be an integral part of the Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative (SHERC), a dynamic, Research Center for Minority Institutions at Northern Arizona University funded by NIMHD. The long-term goal of SHERC is to eliminate health disparities among diverse populations of the southwestern United States by focusing on building research capacity in biomedical, clinical and behavioral sciences at NAU. We are uniquely positioned to do this at NAU, given our longstanding commitment to serving underrepresented students and citizens in our region, our strong working relationships with tribal, Latinx, and rural communities, and our dedication to conduct health equity research that directly improves the lives of the people we serve.

SHERC is housed in the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) in the College of Health and Human Services at NAU. We seek applicants for a full-time (9-month) tenure-track or tenured research and teaching faculty position at the Assistant Professor level to start in the Fall of 2023. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience leading multi-year population health research projects and working as part of a multidisciplinary team. Scholarly work should reflect best practices regarding statistical analysis and reporting, study design, study recruitment and other indices of optimal and transparent research. The successful candidate will: 1) maintain an independent research program that is supported by external funding and produce peer reviewed science in the field of public health; 2) contribute to the teaching mission of the CHHS including the teaching and mentoring of undergraduate, MPH, and PhD students as well as post-doctoral fellows; and 3) perform service for the department, center, college, university and profession.

We value diversity and seek individuals committed to collaborative, interdisciplinary, and community-engaged research. Researchers in all content areas are encouraged to apply. Areas of specific research growth in CHER and SHERC include cross cutting areas such as social determinants of health, behavioral and clinical health, and methodological and analytical strategies for community-based and multilevel interventions.

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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Earned doctoral degree in Public Health, Health Education, Health Psychology, Health Promotion, or a related field (ABD considered with conferral of degree by start date).
  • Experience with quantitative or mix-methods research design
  • Experience working with Indigenous, Latinx, rural and/or underserved populations
  • University or community college teaching experience as the primary instructor of record

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of methodological knowledge base and contributions to clinical and translational research that complements existing CHER/SHERC faculty areas' of expertise with an emphasis on health equity
  • Evidence of effective collaboration regarding research design and analysis approaches using health-related administrative data and clinical data sets, large-scale observational data, national surveys, comparative effectiveness, randomized trials, cluster randomized trials, and/or community-based trials
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to health equity research
  • Experience in building multidisciplinary teams and developing multi-investigator grants and programs
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows in health research
  • Excellent communication skills with a wide variety of audiences, including healthcare professionals, community stakeholders, sponsors, and/or policy makers
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity
  • Two or more years teaching in a university setting (online and/or classroom setting) as the primary instructor of record.

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.

The Department of Health Sciences serves approximately 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students within the College of Health and Human Services. The department is a true multidisciplinary unit, providing six different undergraduate degree programs in five unique disciplines (Public Health, Nutrition and Foods, Allied Health, Fitness Wellness, and Physical Education Teacher Education), along with the Master of Public Health degree, and collaboration in an Interdisciplinary Health PhD degree between the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The Health Sciences Department offers courses that encompass numerous aspects of health and wellness and provides health and fitness courses for students in other degree programs across the university. Additionally, the department offers curricula in traditional residential and online formats.

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.

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.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 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 606706, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include:

(1) a letter of interest addressing minimum and preferred criteria;
(2) a curriculum vitae;
(3) names and contact information for three professional references;
(4) a teaching philosophy, including information about your approaches to working with diverse and at-risk students;
(5) transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (official transcripts will be required if an on-campus interview is conducted); and
6) a DEIJ statement that addreses 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 and to be as specific and concrete as possible in any examples you provide. Past and future integration of DEIJ aspects and issues into your teaching activities, and any impact of that DEiJ inclusion on students, the institution, your discipline, and the larger community. Academic, professional, industry, and/or community service that contributes to building respectful and inclusive orgnizational climates, advances institutional recruitment of marginalized people, and raises awareness of DEIJ issues. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

A complete application is expected.

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.

You can also contact [email protected] in the Health Sciences department if you have problems with the application process.

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.

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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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