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Assistant Professor - Geography, Planning and Recreation-603822

Northern Arizona University, Geography, Planning & Recreation Department

Job Title: Assistant Professor - Geography, Planning and Recreation-603822
Job Location: Flagstaff , AZ
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Sciences and technology: other
Social & behavioral sciences
Application Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Date Posted: 2018-07-16
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Assistant Professor - Geography, Planning and Recreation-603822
Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona Universityís Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation invites applications for an Assistant Professor with expertise and a research agenda that employs geographic information science to illuminate the connections between community design and/or recreation and human health. This is a research focused, tenure eligible position with opportunity for advancement, beginning in August 2019.

Primary responsibilities are to teach and conduct research on geographic and community factors, especially those related to recreation or leisure activities that affect human health and well-being, including disparities related to economic and social inequalities. The position would be research focused and would support the Interdisciplinary Health PhD program in the College of Social and Behavioral Science. We seek a scholar who employs digital geographies to understand and advance community and public health and well-being. The position would have teaching commitments in both the Parks and Recreation Management (PRM) and Geographic Science and Community Planning (GSP) programs.

This position is not eligible for sponsorship.

General Information Northern Arizona University has a student population of 30,368, including approximately 22,000 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 studentís 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 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.

The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see nau.edu/Center-for-University-Access-and-Inclusion/.

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 the Northern Arizona University Police Department releases an annual security report. The report is a result of the federal law known as the Clery Act and contains policy statements that address the schoolís policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security including policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses. The report contains three years of data for Clery reportable crime statistics for the campus along with the most current yearís Fire Safety Report, which includes policy statements and fire statistics for Flagstaff on-campus student housing.

The report may be viewed at nau.edu/clery or by visiting the NAUPD website at: http://www.nau.edu/police. A printed copy of the report is available upon request by contacting the NAU Police Department, Records Department at (928)523-8884 or by visiting the department at Building 98A on the NAU Mountain Campus.


Commensurate with academic qualifications and 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 https://nau.edu/Human-Resources/Benefits/

Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service http://nau.edu/Provost/Resources-Policies/ 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 https://nau.edu/Human-Resources/Benefits/

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.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications
  • A PhD by the position start date with at least one academic degree in geography, recreation, or closely related fields.
  • Graduate level courses taken or taught, research projects or contracts, or scholarly publications in the areas of health and wellness.
  • Demonstrated advanced level coursework taken or taught, research experience, or publications that make significant use of GIS geospatial technologies, or related digital geographies.
  • Applicant must be authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship now or in the future.
Preferred Qualifications Preference will be given to candidates with the following qualifications:
  • Evidence of, or potential for, excellence in teaching in higher education.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in research. Potential for external grants and outstanding scholarly achievements.
  • Potential for interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Experience in theoretical applications across disciplines.
  • Experience and demonstrate proficiency in digital geographies.
  • Experience in recreation or leisure studies.
  • Experience and expertise in health and wellness.
  • Experience and proficiency in community planning.
  • Evidence of commitment to working in a diverse community, faculty, staff and student environment.

Information and Application Process Instructions

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. First review of applications will begin on September 15, 2018, with weekly reviews thereafter.

How to Apply To apply for this position and to view the original post, proceed to nau.jobs, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' links, locate vacancy 603822, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the new page.

Application must include an attachment that contains: (1) a letter of interest indicating the position for which you are applying and how your background aligns with the position description; (2) a current curriculum vitae; (3) evidence of scholarly activity (published articles, grant proposals); (4) unofficial copies of all academic transcripts; and (5) names and contact information (physical and email addresses and phone numbers) of at least three professional references. Save all items, in the order stated, as a single PDF or Word document.

If you have problems submitting application attachments in the form of a Word or PDF document please contact the department for assistance.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on line at http://hr.nau.edu 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 Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

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