• Northern Arizona University
  • Flagstaff
Full Time Academia

Job Description

Special Information

One Laboratory Instructor position will be filled in the Department of Biological Sciences beginning August 19, 2019 to be part of the Introductory Biology Laboratory team.  The position is a non-tenure eligible Instructor appointment for the academic year. The position may be renewed pending satisfactory job performance, availability of funding, and program needs. 

The preferred candidate should have a willingness to seek professional development in online delivery and coordination.

This position is not eligible for sponsorship now or in the future. 

Job Description

Individuals are invited to apply for a Laboratory Instructor position in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University.  The applicant will be expected to teach hybrid (in-person and online) laboratory courses in introductory biology (BIO181L), help facilitate hybrid lab delivery and coordination, and train and supervise graduate teaching assistants and undergraduates.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Biology or equivalent by the beginning of the Fall 2019 term. 
  • One year of college teaching experience in a biology laboratory course. (Teaching experience as a graduate teaching assistant will count toward teaching experience).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two or more years of college teaching experience in introductory biology laboratories.
  • Experience supervising graduate teaching assistants and/or undergraduates.
  • Experience teaching and coordinating online courses and/or labs.
  • Ability to use and learn a variety of technology tools to problem solve and teach others.
  • Experience with Learning Management Systems and online teaching platforms.
  • Effective collaboration on a large team.
  • Exceptional communication skills.
  • Experience working and interacting with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.

General Information

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 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.




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 8, 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, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 604211, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

 Application must include an attachment that contains: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position;  (2) a curriculum vitae;  (3) a statement of teaching philosophy;  and (4) 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.

Education Requirements

Master's Degree


$36,500 for academic year