Chair of Psychological Sciences at Northern Arizona University

Oct 01, 2019

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Special Information

The Department of Psychological Sciences at Northern Arizona University ( is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and we seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to work with marginalized communities and with students holding a range of worldviews. The department faculty represent a range of sub-disciplines in psychology and we value research and teaching approaches that incorporate best practices in research methods and data analysis, and the ability to consider diverse perspectives. We offer a BS in Psychology and a BS in Psychological Sciences, as well as a Master's degree in Psychological Sciences. Several of our faculty collaborate with NAU's new Interdisciplinary Health PhD program, which provides opportunities for collaboration and student supervision across departments and colleges within NAU.

This is a tenure-eligible, full-time, benefit-eligible, administrative faculty position located in Flagstaff, AZ. The administrative assignment will be to serve as Chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences. Rank, tenure status, and home unit for the faculty appointment will be determined based on the successful candidate's education, credentials, and experience. While faculty appointment is ongoing tenure-eligible or tenured academic year (9 month) appointment, the administrative assignment as Chair is a 12 month appointment renewable annually.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

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

Job Description

The Department of Psychological Sciences at Northern Arizona University seeks applications for Department Chair anticipated to begin in the Spring or Summer of 2020. The Chair is expected to lead the department in development of a vision and plan that will guide efforts to build on the accomplishments of the department in educational programming, promotion of student achievement, and research. The successful candidate will be responsible for operational and financial management, including facilitation of planning, effective faculty governance, and advancement of the diversity and inclusion goals of the university and college. We seek a leader who has a strong management/leadership and scholarly research background. The ideal candidate will have success in securing external funding, creative skills, and high aspirations to guide the department in its quest to build on its research agenda, while sustaining and growing top-quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs that serve a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional learners. The ideal candidate will exhibit excellent collaboration and communication skills and demonstrate the ability to enhance the interdisciplinary environment within the department and college. Candidates with a Ph.D. or doctorate in Psychological Sciences, or closely related discipline, at the rank of advanced Associate or Full Professor and who have demonstrated administrative experience with 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. Experience working in graduate programs and a successful record of external funding is also preferred. The balance of research and teaching responsibilities are negotiable and may include up to two courses per year at undergraduate and/or graduate levels, depending on research and other activities.

Minimum Qualifications

For the rank of Associate Professor:

  • Ph.D. or doctorate in Psychology, or closely related discipline.
  • Minimum of two years of administrative experience and/or documented leadership within a university structure.
  • Record of achievement commensurate with an appointment at the rank of advanced Associate Professor, as demonstrated in teaching and research publication that is consistent with NAU and SBS faculty appointment criteria.

For the rank of Professor:

  • Ph.D. or doctorate in Psychology, or closely related discipline.
  • Minimum of two years of administrative experience and/or documented leadership within a university structure.
  • Record of achievement commensurate with an appointment at the rank of Professor, as demonstrated in teaching and research publication that is consistent with NAU and SBS faculty appointment criteria.

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, presentations, impact factors or other evaluative measures.
  • A record of external funding.
  • Evidence of commitment to high quality education through curriculum development, quality teaching, and working with undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Experience with development and delivery of high quality online courses and/or degree programs.
  • Evidence of successful engagement with diversity: scholarship and/or leadership experience focused on issues of diversity, inclusion or diverse populations; work with diverse learners or communities.
  • Commitment to advocate for faculty, staff, and students in Psychological Sciences and support the strategic goals of the university and college.

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 31,073, including approximately 23,000 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, 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. 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 intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

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

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

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 school's 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 year's Fire Safety Report, which includes policy statements and fire statistics for Flagstaff on-campus student housing.

The report may be viewed at or by visiting the NAUPD website. 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 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 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 the NAU HR benefits page.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Priority review of applications will begin on October 28, 2019, with weekly reviews thereafter.

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 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 604595, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching and leadership philosophy; (4) a statement of research interests and external funding activities; and (5) names and contact information for three references. Save all items as PDF and/or Word 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 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.

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.

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