Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Location: Health Sciences
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 607567
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

Northern Arizona University seeks to hire two faculty members with expertise in Health Services Research, Health Informatics, Health Economics, Biostatistics and/or Epidemiology to expand our expertise in the broad area of health equity. The successful candidates will have faculty appointments in an appropriate academic unit as determined by their expertise and anticipated contributions to academic programming, such as the School of Informatics, Computing and Cybersecurity, the Franke College of Business, Health Sciences, or another appropriate unit; faculty report within academic units for all aspects of annual and promotion/tenure review as well as annual workload assignments. Additionally, successful candidates will have assignment as core members of the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER), a nationally recognized research center that seeks to eliminate health disparities among diverse populations of the southwestern United States. Initial start-up support for these positions will come from the "Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative (SHERC)" award to CHER/NAU from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. This award enables NAU to build and expand research capacity in biomedical, clinical, and behavioral sciences and successful candidates will be expected to advance the aims of the SHERC award. NAU is uniquely positioned to be a leading university in health equity research given our longstanding commitment to serving underrepresented students and citizens in our region, our strong working relationships with tribal, Hispanic (NAU is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution), and rural communities, and our dedication to conducting health equity research that directly improves the lives of the people we serve.

About the Position

We seek applicants for two full-time (9 month) tenure-track research and teaching faculty positions at the Associate Professor level to start in the Fall of 2024. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience leading multi-year population health research projects and working as part of a multidisciplinary team. Scholarly work should reflect best practices regarding statistical analysis and reporting, study design, study recruitment, and other indices of optimal and transparent research.

We value inclusive excellence and seek individuals committed to collaborative, interdisciplinary, and community-engaged research. Researchers in all content areas are encouraged to apply. Areas of specific research growth in CHER include cross-cutting areas such as social determinants of health, behavioral and clinical health, and methodological and analytical strategies for community-based and multilevel interventions.

NAU is committed to hiring faculty as teacher-scholars, and although these faculty positions are expected to have a strong focus on research, candidates are expected to play a meaningful role in the delivery of academic programming at NAU via classroom teaching and mentoring of undergraduate, Masters, and/or doctoral students.

Responsibilities Include:
  • Maintain an independent and collaborative research program that is supported by external funding and produce peer-reviewed science in the field of public health;
  • Contribute to the teaching mission of NAU, including the teaching and mentoring of undergraduate, MPH, and PhD students as well as post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty;
  • Perform service for the department, center, college, university and profession.

Workload will likely be distributed initially as 70% Scholarship, 20% Teaching and 10% Service; NAU's base allocation toward scholarship for tenure-track/tenured faculty is 20% and maintenance of a higher workload allocation will be dependent on productivity and successful garnering of grant funding. Preference will be given to applicants with documented contributions to translational research and successful interdisciplinary collaboration.

9 month tenure-track, starting Fall 2024. There is a mandatory two-year probationary period required before application for tenure at the rank of Associate Professor.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Prior appointment at the rank of associate professor at an institute of higher education or at least 5 years' experience in a full-time assistant professor position.
  • Record of peer-reviewed publication.
  • 3-5 years of teaching experience within the discipline.
  • Experience with external funding from federal agencies such as NIH, NSF, CDC, HRSA, or equivalent sources.
  • Evidence of health services, health economics, health informatics, epidemiological, biostatistical or equivalent research with an emphasis on health equity.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience with and/or potential for future success in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs and/or early stage investigators in research.
  • Experience working with diverse populations including Indigenous, Latinx, and/or rural populations, such that all backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences are valued.
  • Evidence of statistical/methodological knowledge base and contributions to clinical and translational research that complements existing areas of expertise at NAU and within CHER, with an emphasis on health equity.
  • Evidence of effective collaboration regarding research design and analysis approaches using health-related administrative data and clinical data sets, large-scale observational data, national surveys, comparative effectiveness, randomized trials, cluster randomized trials, and/or community-based trials.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to health equity research.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Leadership experience and expertise in working as a part of a multidisciplinary team and developing multi-investigator grants and programs.
  • Ability to translate our published research into policy and practice.
  • Innovative development and application of contemporary statistical methods to problems in population health, including knowledge of an ability to teach statistical computing in a variety of software platforms and coding languages (e.g., R, Python, SAS, SPSS).
  • Excellent communication skills with a wide variety of audiences, including healthcare professionals, community stakeholders, sponsors, and/or policy makers.
  • Experience and success in fostering and creating a collaborative, inclusive, and supportive learning and working environment.
  • Ability to work effectively with other faculty to coordinate teaching, scholarship, and service efforts to support success for all students.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellence in scholarship, teaching, community engagement, and service that forwards NAU's Elevating Excellence goals.


Compensation & Benefits

Anticipated salary range is $77,000 - $100,000. 9-month 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.

FLSA Status

This position is non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The incumbent is eligible for overtime pay or compensatory time according to University policy. Further, the employee must submit timesheets that accurately reflect all hours worked.

Submit Your Application

Vacancy will remain open until filled. Applications received before December 11, 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 nau.jobs , follow the 'Current Openings' link, locate vacancy 607567, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include (saved as PDF and/or Word documents):
  • a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position, along with oulining a brief research agenda and/or treaching philosophy;
  • a curriculum vitae; and
  • 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, DR@nau.edu , 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.

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