Assistant Teaching Professor in Introductory Biology

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Assistant Teaching Professor in Introductory Biology

Location: Biological Sciences
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 607506
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.

About NAU

Northern Arizona University serves almost 30,000 students. We are a vibrant community, with 21,000 students in Flagstaff—the home of our largest campus—and the remainder online or at our 20+ statewide locations. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Committed to an inclusive university environment, NAU has all the benefits of a large institution with a personal touch. We carefully balance teaching, scholarship, and service for faculty members. Supporting our core value of student-centrism, NAU’s faculty members promote learning and help students reach academic milestones.

Flagstaff is an outdoorsy mountain town with four seasons and a thriving cultural scene. Located at 7,000 feet, Flagstaff houses 70,000 people and sits at the base of the sacred San Francisco Peaks.

For more about inclusive excellence at NAU, visit the Center for Inclusive Excellence and Access.

About the Department/College

The Department of Biological Sciences comprises more than 2500 majors in 5 undergraduate degree programs,approximately 50 teaching faculty, and 100 MS and PhD students.

About the Position

The Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a career track Assistant Professor of Teaching position in Biological Sciences to begin in January 2024.

The successful applicant will be an individual who is passionate about student success and helping at-risk students be successful in navigating a large first-year introductory Biology course.

The responsibilities for the position are to serve as a faculty mentor to undergraduate students enrolled in BIO 181 [Unity of Life I: Life of the Cell] through teaching 6-8 small sections of BIO 181 recitation, a 1-credit course serving students that desire additional support and have self-selected to enroll in this course upon recruitment advice. The goal of 181 Recitation is to provide students (typically freshmen) from a very large class (180-240 students) to engage in learning and content review in small group environment (24 student cap) to increase student confidence and a feeling of belonging while connecting more closely with faculty.

The person in this position is expected to remain current in best practice, trends, and pedagogies in STEM learning, Research and other scholarship activity are not an expectation for this position.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach in collaboration with department faculty and staff, seek out regular professional development around student success, and perform service roles in the Department. The department aims to create an inspiring environment welcoming to 1st generation students, under-represented students, Native Americans, international students, and those with disabilities, through inclusive pedagogical designs and approaches aimed at 100% Career Ready and student success.

This is a career track, non-tenure eligible faculty position.

We encourage applications from individuals who meet the minimums and any of the preferred qualification

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned MS in Biology, Biological Sciences, Science Teaching, or a closely related field
  • One year experience teaching in the field of biological sciences at the level of high school, community college, or university

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of successfully serving or demonstrating an ability to serve at-risk or historically marginalized student populations
  • Record of teaching, mentorship, and performance that will contribute to the success of NAU students
  • An earned PhD or terminal degree in Biology, Biological Sciences, Science Teaching, or a closely related field
  • Three or more years experience teaching in the field of biological sciences at the level of high school, community college, or university
  • Demonstrated experience with course delivery including the use of active learning techniques
  • Experience with a Learning Management System, such as Canvas or ability to learn
  • Expertise in best practices related to teaching in STEM, learning strategies and college success skills, resiliency and/or at-risk students

Compensation & Benefits

Anticipated salary range is $60,000 – $62,700. Annual salary 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 the pay period following election. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following election. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Pre-Employment Check

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.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

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.

Submit Your Application

Vacancy will remain open until filled. Applications received before October 30, 2023 will receive full consideration.

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’ link, locate vacancy 607506, and then «Apply» at the bottom of the page.

Application must include (saved as PDF and/or Word documents):

  1. a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position;
  2. a curriculum vitae; and
  3. names and contact information for three references.

Please do not include any other 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 a reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773,, or PO Box 5633, 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.

Know Your Rights Poster

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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