Lecturer in General Biology

  • Northern Arizona University
  • Flagstaff, AZ, USA
Full Time Academia

Job Description

Job Description

 The Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a non-tenure track Lecturer position in General Biology to begin in August 2019. The successful applicant will have demonstrated success in teaching large enrollment introductory biology courses, and will be expected to teach multiple sections of our first year biology sequence as well as other lower-division biology courses as needed.  These courses support our departmental programs as well as those of other campus units.  The successful candidate should be conversant with topics at the levels of cells (e.g., cell structure/function, major pathways, Mendelian and molecular genetics) and organisms (e.g., biodiversity, basic biology of plants and animals, introductory physiology, ecology, evolution).

 The successful candidate will be expected to teach in collaboration with department faculty and staff and complete, seek out regular professional development around student success, and perform service roles in the Department.

 Research and other forms of scholarship activity are not an expectation for this position, and release time will not be allocated for them.

 Minimum Qualifications 

  • A conferred Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or a closely related field conferred by August 19, 2019
  • At least one year experience teaching Introductory Biology at the college level
  • Complete hiring packet

 Preferred Qualifications

 Two years' experience in large enrollment introductory lecture courses as the instructor of record.

Experience with traditional and non-traditional course delivery including the use of active learning techniques and student centered teaching practices.

Experience with use of Learning Management Systems and other online learning platforms.

Expertise in best practices related to teaching in STEM, first-year college students, learning strategies and college success skills, resiliency and/or at-risk students.

Outstanding communication skills.

Experience working and interacting with people from a wide variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.

 Special Information

 This is a non-tenure track, non-tenure eligible faculty position in the Department of Biological Sciences. This position is not eligible for sponsorship now or in the future.

General Information 

The Department of Biological Sciences comprises more than 2500 majors in 4 undergraduate degree programs, roughly 50 faculty, and100 MS and PhD students.

 Northern Arizona University is a 31,073-student institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 70,000 at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. NAU’s emphasis on undergraduate education is enhanced by its graduate programs and research as well as distance learning. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

 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 nau.edu/clery 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.


 $48,000 per academic year


 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.  Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2019.

 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 nau.jobs, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 604190, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

 Application must include: 

  • a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of teaching philosophy;
  • names and contact information for three references;
  • copies of transcripts; and
  • evidence of effective teaching (teaching evaluation data, quotations from students, etc.).
  • Save all items, in the order stated, as PDF documents. Attach these PDF items to your application through the NAU HR site. Only complete application packets submitted through NAU HR will be reviewed.

 Address questions to: Dr. Ana Araya-Anchetta, Chair of General Biology Lecturer Search Committee, Department of Biological Sciences, PO Box 5640, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ  86011, ana.araya-anchetta@nau.edu

 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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$48,000 per academic year

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