Assistant Professor of Practice for Biological Writing

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

Job Description

The Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a full-time non-tenure track Assistant Professor of Practice faculty position in Biological Writing to begin in August 2019. The successful applicant will be an accomplished writer in technical and/or non-technical science writing and also will have a record of excellence in teaching writing at the college level. The responsibilities for this position include: 1) to develop a new course in Biological Writing, which will be a required course for students seeking Bachelor’s degrees in Biology, Biomedical Science, Microbiology and Biology Secondary Education; 2) to teach sections of this course during the academic year; and 3) to train, manage and supervise a team of Graduate Teaching Assistants who will deliver additional sections of the course. This position and course will occupy an important place in the Biology curriculum, as the Department seeks to develop and maintain a high quality junior level writing course that is integrated with progressively more sophisticated writing activities in lower- and upper-division courses.

MA or MS in Rhetoric and Composition, Professional Writing, Science Writing, or a closely related field OR MS in Biology or a closely related field conferred by August 19, 2019. At least two years’ experience teaching writing at the college level is also required.

Preferred qualifications include: Three or more years of experience teaching scientific writing, with an emphasis on biology, at the college level; professional accomplishments consistent with a high level of success in multiple forms or modalities of science writing with a biological focus; experience with supervision of Graduate Teaching Assistants; outstanding communication skills; and experience working and interacting with people from a wide variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.

Application materials include: 1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of teaching philosophy; 4) contact information for three professional referees who are prepared to submit letters of recommendation; 5) copies of transcripts; and 6) no more than two writing samples that illustrate your qualifications for this position


Save all items, in the order stated, as a single PDF and apply through:, select faculty openings, select the appropriate job title, and then select "Apply Now" on that page. Attach your single PDF with these items to your application through the NAU HR site. Only complete application packets submitted through NAU HR will be reviewed.

Please address questions to the search chair: Dr. Karen Haubensak (

About Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University has a student population of about 26,000 at its main campus in Flagstaff and at over 30 sites across the state. The Department of Biological Sciences comprises more than 3000 majors in 5 undergraduate degree programs, roughly 70 faculty, and 100 MS and PhD students. 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.

    Northern Arizona University is located in Flagstaff, AZ, a beautiful mountain town with a surprisingly vibrant restaurant scene. Located a little over an hour from the Grand Canyon and ~45 min from Sedona, Flagstaff is a hiker's paradise. In fact, the city of Flagstaff operates more than 50 miles of unpaved trails and there are, on average, 266 sunny days per year with which to enjoy them. At 7000 ft in elevation, Flagstaff experiences all four seasons; summers are mild and in the winter snow abounds.


Additional Information

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. 


If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on line at 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 Affirmative Action Office at 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011


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, 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.


Classroom Teaching

Education Requirements

Master's Degree