Assistant Professor of Community College & Higher Education Leadership

Northern Arizona University’s Educational Leadership Department is recruiting a tenure-track faculty member in the Community College and Higher Education (CCHE) Leadership program. The successful candidate will contribute to the teaching, research, advising, and service responsibilities associated with the doctoral and master’s program in Community College and Higher Education Leadership. Additionally, this position will provide leadership to master’s degree (M.Ed.) courses and support part-time faculty who teach these courses. Candidates from any methodological tradition (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods) are encouraged to apply. Regardless of research methodology, candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and equity in higher education. Review will begin on September 20, 2021.

The appointment involves teaching, research, and service to the university and profession. Standard faculty load distribution is 60% teaching (3 graduate courses per semester), 20% research, and 20% service, with opportunities for reduced teaching loads based on grant buyouts and other related work. It is expected that the successful candidate will support student and departmental needs through engagement with students beyond coursework including participating in committee and service work and being an active member of and chairing dissertation committees.

The ideal candidate will have evidence of potential for establishing a record of publication and scholarship related to Critical Race Theory and racial justice in community college/higher education; evidence of promoting and supporting equity and social justice; a willingness to accommodate a variety of strategies in instructional delivery and learning activities, including online and blended learning; and ability to work collaboratively with other faculty and university professionals. The position is open to candidates with expertise in any methodological tradition (e.g., critical qualitative methods, transformative mixed-methods, participatory action research, critical quantitative methods, etc.).

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree or ABD (degree must be conferred prior to start of contract) in higher education or a related field (e.g., candidates will be considered if their degree is in a related field with a significant focus in higher education as evidenced by the dissertation topic or a formal concentration/specialization in higher education)
  • Research experience
  • Teaching experience at the graduate or undergraduate level (TA or instructor of record)

Application Deadline:

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed.  Review of applications will begin on September 20, 2021.

Annual Salary:

$62,000 to $64,000. Commensurate with experience.

Additional Information:

Please submit the documents outlined below with your application by September 20, 2021. Semi-finalists will be asked to provide a writing sample in advance of the first round of interviews.

  • Cover letter outlining minimum and preferred qualifications (maximum of two pages)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • One-page diversity statement that highlights your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Please include examples from your past experiences and your future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • A list of three professional references with contact information


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NAU is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.