Assistant Research Professor of STEM Education

Northern Arizona University

Assistant Research Professor of STEM Education

  • Institution: Northern Arizona University
  • Location: Flagstaff, AZ US
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Assistant Research Professor of STEM Education

  • Northern Arizona University | Flagstaff, AZ US
  • Hourglass IconJob Post Expiration: February 27, 2023
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Job TitleAssistant Research Professor of STEM Education

Position TypeFull Time

Job Category Faculty

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Location Flagstaff, AZ US

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Contact Name Jennifer Blaney

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Job Description

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Assistant Research Professor of STEM Education


Location: Ctr Science Teaching & Learn


Regular/Temporary: Regular


Job ID: 606844


Full/Part Time: Full-Time


Workplace Culture


NAU aims to be the nation’s preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.


NAU 2025 – Elevating Excellence


Special Information


The and and the Department of STEM Education (DSE) at Northern Arizona University (NAU) invite applications for a scholar of higher education at the rank of assistant research professor beginning August 2023. This is a non-tenure track faculty position with primary responsibilities in research.


The CSTL at NAU is committed to strategically increasing its capacity to provide local and national leadership in STEM education through advanced research and scholarly activities. As a recently designated Hispanic-serving institution (HSI), NAU seeks a scholar with background and scholarly interest in improving the quality of STEM education to increase Latina/o/x student success in postsecondary institutions. Specific research areas are otherwise open to scholars who study undergraduate students, graduate training, organizations, faculty, and related topics. Our Center values interdisciplinary collaborations and this position is open to scholars coming from higher education, science education, mathematics education, or related fields.


Job Description


This is a 100% research position and does not include teaching or service obligations. The person in this role is expected to obtain external funding through grants and contracts for support of their research programs. The position is fully funded for the first two years, and the person in this role is expected to be self-funded by their third year in the position. The successful scholar’s research program can be broadly conceived within STEM education. Successful candidates will have a research focus centering Latina/o/x communities (students, faculty, etc.) and critical epistemologies. Responsibilities include grant writing and management, production of high-impact publications, and collaboration with CSTL faculty and staff. Candidates successful in this position can earn promotion to the associate and full professor levels, based on research productivity.


Minimum Qualifications


• An earned doctoral degree in higher education, science education, mathematics education or a closely related field (degree conferred by 08/15/2023).

• Research expertise that centers Latina/o/x communities and/or HSIs, STEM education (broadly conceived), and critical epistemologies.

• Experience conducting research related to STEM education.

• Previous experience supporting grant-funded projects.


Preferred Qualifications


• A record of peer-reviewed publications relevant to this position, commensurate with experience.

• A record of identifying and writing external grants, commensurate with experience.

• A demonstrated record for independent research leading to peer reviewed publications and external research funding commensurate with experience.

• Active engagement in the STEM education and/or higher education scholarly communities.

• A demonstrated ability to develop and maintain collaborative partnerships.

• A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.


General Information


A newly designated HSI, 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. The CSTL is housed within NAU’s College of Education, and this position follows a recent cluster hire initiative within the College, which focused on critical methodologies and theories centering Indigenous and Latina/o/x communities. As such, the successful candidate would have opportunities to collaborate with faculty in the college on research activities centering critical epistemologies and approaches to advancing equity in STEM and other education contexts.


This position is housed in the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) with an academic home in the Department of STEM Education (DSE). The CSTL is a research and service center that shapes the future of STEM education through research, professional learning, and outreach. Within the Center, faculty, research associates, students, and staff engage in project development, grant writing, and project management to implement high-impact research and service studies and projects.


The DSE offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in science education for pre-service and in-service science teachers as well as a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction. The department currently has 6 full-time faculty members and 2 classified staff. As the home of the highly regarded NAUTeach program, the DSE, in collaboration with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is responsible for the recruitment, advising, and student teaching supervision of secondary science and mathematics pre-service teachers. Collectively, the DSE and the CSTL offer unique opportunities for scholarly collaborations with faculty across campus.


The CSTL and DSE are committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) in all aspects of their work, including hiring of faculty and staff. We promote DEIJ in all of our programs through specific learning activities and experiences. All CSTL and DSE faculty are expected to demonstrate this commitment by modeling DEIJ behaviors in their interactions and scholarly activity.


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


Background Information


This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting. If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements. 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 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 is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has 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.




Expected range is $71,000 to $73,000 for a nine-month salary (commensurate with experience and qualifications).




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 Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the 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


Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship


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


Submission Deadline


This position will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on January 9, 2023.


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 ‘Current Openings’ links, locate vacancy 606844, and then “Apply” at the bottom of the page.


Please submit the documents outlined below in a single attachment with your application by January 9, 2023.


• Cover letter addressing candidate’s qualifications for this position

• Curriculum vitae (CV)

• One writing sample (e.g., a copy of a published article, conference paper, etc.)

• A list of three professional references with contact information (references will not be contacted until after the first round of review)

• A one-page diversity statement that highlights your commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ). Please include examples from your past experiences and your future plans to advance DEIJ.


The committee may request additional information at a later date.


For questions about this position, please contact the search co-chairs Dr. Jennifer Blaney mailto:( or Dr. Ron Gray mailto:(


If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the 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 Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773,, or PO Box 5633, 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.


NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.


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