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Asst Teaching Professor or Asst Professor of Practice in Forestry (Multiple Positions)

Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona
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Jun 3, 2023

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Asst Teaching Professor or Asst Professor of Practice in Forestry (Multiple Positions)

Location: School of Forestry

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job ID: 607221

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

These are non-tenure track, non-ternure eligible positions. The positions are located on the Flagstaff Mountain Campus.

Job Description

The School of Forestry (SOF) at Northern Arizona University is excited to announce its new AZ Wildfire Initiative. There are three facets to this program that include: 1) enhancing workforce development and education; 2) science dissemination and outreach; and 3) community preparedness for wildfire. To support this new initiative and other SOF needs, we invite applications for the positions of Assistant Teaching Professor or Assistant Professor of Practice in Forestry, Fire and Natural Resource Management. Assistant Teaching Professors require an earned Ph.D., while Professors of Practice are distinguished professionals in an area of practice or discipline who may not have a terminal degree in the field. Depending on the qualification of the candidates, they could be appointed as Assistant Teaching Professors or Assistant Professors of Practice. These positions are 9-month, non-tenure-track appointments (80% Teaching, 0 - 10% Research, 10- 20% Service). The positions are renewable based on the availability of funds, effective performance, and program needs.

We seek up to three applicants with expertise in wildland fire, forestry, forest/rangeland ecology, and natural resource management or whose interests will support, build, and complement the School of Forestry's and NAU's programs in related areas. Successful applicants will be expected to teach in-person courses, on the Flagstaff Mountain Campus, and online courses, primarily in support of our undergraduate programs. Potential courses include: Fire Monitoring and Modeling, Natural Resources Policy, Multicultural Perspectives of Natural Resource Management, Rangeland Management, Plant Physiology, Forest Resource Economics, Forest Biometrics, Forest Products, and other inter- or cross-disciplinary fire-related courses. We do not expect one person to have all this capability and will be looking for a complement of people to cover these areas.

NAU affirms the importance and critical need for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) in higher education. We seek to hire an individual with a strong track record of engagement with DEIJ in their professional endeavors. As part of your application, we require a one-page DEIJ statement that addresses your values and/or philosophy, accomplishments, experiences, education, and training with DEIJ.

The anticipated start date for this position is August 21, 2023.

Minimum Qualifications

Assistant Teaching Professor candidates must have:

• Ph.D. in wildland fire, forestry, ecology, natural resource management, or a closely related field conferred by the start date.
• At least one degree in forestry.

Assistant Professor of Practice candidates must have:

• M.S. in forestry or a closely related field.
• A minimum of 3 years of established professional practice in wildland fire, or closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications

• Demonstrated teaching experience in wildland fire, forestry, ecology, or natural resource management.
• Demonstrated experience in developing courses.
• Demonstrated teaching effectiveness in in-person and online courses.
• Professional experience working in fields closely related to wildfire, forestry, ecology, or natural resources.
• Experience working with diverse population with all backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences; and fostering and creating a collaborative, inclusive, and supportive work environment.
• Demonstrated proficiency using relevant software and technologies related to forestry, ecology, wildland fire, and natural resource management.

General Information

The School of Forestry offers B.S., M.F., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, as well as online undergraduate and graduate certificates. Our faculty represents a diversity of scholars and educators from multiple disciplines and cultures who address local, regional, and international forestry issues. Our academic and research programs are internationally recognized for their excellence. Our location in the ponderosa pine forests of Northern Arizona and our proximity to life zones ranging from the Sonoran Desert to the alpine tundra provides an ideal place to teach and conduct research. Our well-equipped facility jointly houses the School of Forestry, the Ecological Restoration Institute, Centennial Forest (education and research forest), and a USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station unit.

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

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 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 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.


$60,378 to $65,010


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 Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the 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

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

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

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on May 17, 2023.

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 607221, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Applications must include: (1) a letter of interest highlighting your qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) unofficial graduate transcripts of all college-level work; (3) a teaching philosophy and accomplishments statement (2 pages max.) (4) one-page DEIJ statement (1-page max.) and (5) names and contact information for three professional references (phone number, email, and address). Save all items as PDF documents.

For more information, please contact Alicia Azpeleta Tarancon, Search Committee Chair, School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ 86011-5018; phone: 928-523-7545. Email (preferred):

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the 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,, 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.

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

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