Assistant Professor - Ethnic Studies

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Assistant Professor - Ethnic Studies

Location: Ethnic Studies
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606763
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 Ethnic Studies Program of Northern Arizona University (NAU) seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2023. This academic appointment is for a teacher-scholar able to meet program needs in Ethnic Studies and in support of NAU's new General Studies program. The Ethnic Studies Program has a minor, which currently serves over 80 students, in addition, it has 10 full-time core faculty members. This academic unit provides our student population with programming that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion across the SBS College and university. In addition, the Ethnic Studies Program engages with the HSI development process, community engagement, and promoting the university's Elevating Excellence 2025 roadmap.

Job Description

The Ethnic Studies Program of Northern Arizona University seeks a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies with expertise in African American Studies. The successful candidate will teach and research in one or more of the following, emphasizing African American social, political, historical, and/or cultural expression: Hip-Hop Studies, Film Studies, Communications/Media Studies, Afro-Latinx Studies, and Afro-Indigenous Identities. This is a tenure-eligible position, which will focus on teaching this academic unit minor core and general studies US Diversity courses in their area of specialization. This position includes the equivalent in teaching, research, and service duties.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies, African American Studies, Africana Studies, or a related discipline with an African American focus by August 2023.
  • Experience teaching in higher education.
  • Evidence of an active research agenda.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred candidate's applications will include evidence of the following:
  • Excellence in teaching or preparedness to teach African American Studies, including Intro to African American Studies and one or more of the following: Hip-Hop Studies, Film Studies, Cultural Expression, Communication/Media Studies, Afro-Latinx Studies, and/or Afro-Indigenous Identities.
  • Experience teaching Ethnic Studies courses or preparedness to teach courses central to the NAU Ethnic Studies program.
  • Ability to build interdisciplinary Ethnic Studies and African American Studies courses/ curricula, mentor and teach undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrated active research agenda (e.g., peer-reviewed journal publications, active participation in conference presentations) in African American Studies, including one or more of the following related areas: Hip-Hop Studies, Film Studies, Cultural Expression, Communication/Media Studies, Social Justice Studies, Afro-Latinx Studies, and Afro-Indigenous Identities.
  • Related scholarship that is community-defined or applied.
  • Committed experience working in, in service of, and collaborating with African American, Black and/or intersectional (BIPOC, Afro-Latinx, Afro-Indigenous) community organizations.

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.

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.


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 16, 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 606763, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: 1) a cover letter describing your interests and qualifications for the position, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) evidence of teaching excellence (include syllabi, faculty observation notes, student course evaluations, etc., if available), 4) a statement of demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, 5) a relevant scholarly publication or dissertation chapter, 5) unofficial transcripts of undergraduate and graduate level work, and 6) a list of contact information for three references. Official transcripts will be required before an on-campus interview. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

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.

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