Chair and Associate or Full Professor, Northern Arizona University

Job ID: 602731

Job Title: Department Chair, Associate Professor or Professor

Special Information

This is a tenured, full-time, benefit eligible, 12-month position located in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Job Description

The Department of Sociology and Social Work at Northern Arizona University seeks applications for Department Chair to begin June 1, 2017. The Chair is expected to guide the vision and the operational management of the department to advance and grow its mission related to: applied research, social justice, community engagement, and undergraduate and graduate education. We seek a leader who has the management and research skills, creativity, and vision to guide the department in its quest to deliver top-quality education, mentor faculty, grow the department’s research agenda, and provide service to the community. The ideal candidate will exhibit excellent collaboration and communication skills and demonstrate the ability to enhance the interdisciplinary environment within the department. Candidates with a Ph.D. or doctorate in Sociology, Social Work, or closely related discipline at the rank of advanced Associate or Full Professor, demonstrated administrative experience, and an established record of successful teaching, scholarly research, and publications are encouraged to apply. Candidates with scholarship and/or leadership experience focused on issues of diversity or diverse populations are especially encouraged to apply. Teaching responsibilities include up to two courses per year at undergraduate and/or graduate levels. Experience working in graduate programs and a successful record of external funding is also preferred.

The Department of Sociology and Social Work consists of 25 full-time faculty members, 14 of whom are tenure-track or tenured, and 2 staff members. We offer a CSWE-accredited BSW (on-campus and online), a BS in Sociology, and an MA in Applied Sociology. We have over 500 undergraduate majors and over 350 minors. For more information, please visit our website:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or doctorate in Sociology, Social work, or closely related discipline.
  • Record of achievement commensurate with an appointment at the rank of advanced Associate or Full Professor.
  • Minimum of two years of administrative experience and/or documented leadership within a university structure.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of providing effective leadership.
  • Evidence of effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A record of nationally recognized scholarship evidenced by peer reviewed publications and presentations.
  • A record of external funding.
  • Evidence of commitment to high quality education through curriculum development, quality teaching, and working with undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity: scholarship and/or leadership experience focused on issues of diversity or diverse populations; working with diverse populations on campus and in the community.
  • Commitment to advocate for faculty, staff, and students in both Sociology and Social Work.


General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of approximately 29,000, including more than 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.

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.


Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed.  Review of applications will begin on September 10, 2016.


How to Apply