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Lecturer - Anatomy and Physiology
Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona
Date Posted 04/23/2021
Faculty-Science-Other Science
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence.

Special Information

This is a non-tenure track, non-tenure eligible faculty position.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

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

Job Description

The Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a non-tenure track Lecturer position in Anatomy and Physiology to begin in August 2021. The successful applicant will have demonstrated success in teaching large-enrollment biology courses, particularly classes in anatomy and physiology, and will be expected to teach multiple sections of our 200-level Anatomy and Physiology class sequence, as well as upper division anatomy and physiology courses, as needed. These courses support our departmental programs as well as those of other campus units. The successful candidate should be conversant with core physiology/anatomy topics at the level of cellular function (e.g. immunology, signal molecule-receptor interactions), organ systems (e.g., musculo-skeletal, cardiac, renal systems) and fundamental concepts related to whole-organism homeostasis (e.g., endocrinology, thermoregulation, energy balance). The person who fulfills this position may also be asked to contribute to other classes in the biology undergraduate curriculum, including introductory biology classes, laboratories, and/or classes emphasizing effective scientific communication.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach in collaboration with department faculty and staff, 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

  • An earned MS in Biological Sciences, or a MD, DVM, DPT, DNP, or a terminal degree in a closely related field conferred by August 13, 2021
  • At least one year experience teaching physiology and anatomy at the college level
  • Complete hiring packet
Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Biological Sciences
  • Two or more years of experience teaching a physiology and/or anatomy course as the instructor of record.
  • Experience with teaching Introductory Biology, anatomy and physiology laboratories, and/or experience with classes or workshops on Scientific Communication.
  • Experience teaching using synchronous video, recorded video, or other hybrid teaching methodologies.
  • Experience using quantitative, problem-solving-based, and/or comparative approaches when teaching anatomy/physiology.
  • Experience with traditional and non-traditional course delivery including the use of active learning techniques and student-centered teaching practices.
  • Experience with a Learning Management System, such as Blackboard LMS, as well as other online learning platforms.
  • Expertise in best practices related to teaching in STEM, 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.
General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 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, 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.

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 Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


$44,000 to $48,000 for the nine-month academic year, depending upon qualifications and 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. Review of applications will begin on May 24, 2021.

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 605373, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Applications must include:

  • a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of teaching philosophy, including information about your approaches to working with diverse and at-risk students;
  • names and contact information for three references;
  • copies of transcripts; and
  • evidence of effective teaching (teaching evaluation data, quotations from students, peer observations, etc.).

Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

Address questions to: Dr. Adonna Rometo, Chair of Physiology Lecturer Search Committee, Department of Biological Sciences, PO Box 5640, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, adonna.rometo@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.

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