Associate Dean

Northern Arizona University   Flagstaff, AZ   Full-time     Management
Posted on May 31, 2024
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Associate Dean


Location: Nursing


Regular/Temporary: Regular


Job ID: 607882


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.


About NAU


Northern Arizona University serves almost 30,000 students. We are a vibrant community, with 21,000 students in Flagstaff—the home of our largest campus—and the remainder online or at our 20+ statewide locations. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.


Committed to an inclusive university environment, NAU has all the benefits of a large institution with a personal touch. We carefully balance teaching, scholarship, and service for faculty members. Supporting our core value of student-centrism, NAU's faculty members promote learning and help students reach academic milestones.


Flagstaff is an outdoorsy mountain town with four seasons and a thriving cultural scene. Located at 7,000 feet, Flagstaff houses 70,000 people and sits at the base of the sacred San Francisco Peaks.


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About the Department/College


Aligned with NAU's mission to develop solutions to challenges and drive innovation in a supportive, inclusive, and diverse environment, the College of Nursing seeks to build on our longstanding strengths in preparing skilled, resilient, and culturally responsive nurses for the modern nursing profession. The Northern Arizona University College of Nursing continues to build a world-class team of curious, creative, scholarly, and responsive faculty and leaders to positively impact the nursing profession in Arizona and beyond. Nursing offers the undergraduate program at locations around the state of Arizona including Flagstaff, Phoenix (North Valley), Tucson, and Yuma. Some degree programs are also offered online. The College of Nursing is growing to meet the demand for nurses around the state, especially in rural and underserved areas.


About the Position


The Northern Arizona University College of Nursing (CoN) is seeking an Associate Dean. This person will be an integral part of the College's executive team, working closely with the Dean, Associate Dean, Directors, faculty, and staff to advance the educational, scholarship, student success, and outreach missions of the College of Nursing. This position supports the vision, direction, and organization initiatives with the overall mission of advancing unit goals.


This position is a full-time appointment that reports to the Dean. This position is a fiscal-year appointment, is eligible for renewal, thereafter, pending satisfactory performance and the needs of the college. The position oversees all issues related to student and faculty affairs in the broadest possible terms. Some evenings and weekend availability. Travel is required.


The following list describes the major job functions that encompass the position responsibilities but will be modified as needed and appropriate by the Dean of the College.


Responsibilities Include:




  • Contribute to the development of the CoN mission, vision, and strategic plan in collaboration with the Dean, Associate Deans, Directors, faculty, and staff
  • Contribute to planning and application for new academic programs and degrees in partnership with the Dean, and Directors
  • Represent the College on University committees
  • Lead and coordinate CoN recruitment efforts working in collaboration with advising, student support services, and other campus entities
  • Represent the College in the Dean's absence (travel, vacation) as needed
  • Support fundraising initiatives consistent with CoN priorities
  • Disseminate best practices in program effectiveness
  • Administrative oversight of academic policies and procedures, existing program modifications, academic status reviews, self-studies and accreditation documents


Student Success


  • Work with the Dean, Directors, and the Graduate College to promote and enhance quality undergraduate and graduate education
  • Serve as the CoN liaison for Student Support Services, Career Development, Office of Undergraduate Research and University Advising, and other Academic Success units, as needed
  • Work with the Dean, and Directors to implement the NAU Academic Integrity Policy
  • Respond to University officials, parents, and students, as appropriate, regarding student issues


Faculty Affairs


  • Support Directors in the process of creating statements of expectation for faculty
  • Assist the Dean in monitoring of faculty workloads and evaluation of hiring priorities
  • Provide oversight and support to college committees including Promotion & Tenure, Honors & Scholarship, and others as needed
  • Work with the Assistant Director of Operations (ADO) to support the NAU online faculty evaluation system (FAAR 180; RPT)


This position is a hybrid position which allows the incumbent to complete their work at both an NAU site, campus, or facility and at a non-centralized site with or without accommodation.


Full time, non-tenure track, fiscal year appointment. Evenings, travel and weekend hours may be required.


Minimum Qualifications


  • Master's degree in Nursing or Master's degree in a related field.
  • 3 years of nursing clinical experience.
  • Prior nursing teaching experience.
  • BSN prepared RN.
  • Eligible for RN license in AZ or Compact State license (active, non-encumbered).
  • At least one year nursing leadership in an academic unit.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Doctorate degree or enrolled in doctoral studies.
  • 6 years teaching nursing at college or university.
  • Teaching experience in higher education including in-person, hybrid, and online delivery modalities.
  • Experience with launching and maintaining new academic programs.
  • Advanced experience leading academic units/programs.


Compensation & Benefits


Commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related experience.


This is an Administrative Faculty (ADF) 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); 22 days of vacation, 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 Administrative Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable annually according to the terms of offer. Upon completion of the administrative assignment, employees will return to the faculty role, renewable according to the Academic year (9 month) faculty do not accrue vacation. 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 the pay period following election. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following election. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.


Pre-Employment Check


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.


Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship


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


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.


Submit Your Application


Vacancy will remain open until filled. Applications received before June 3, 2024 will receive full consideration.


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' link, locate vacancy 607882 and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.


Application must include (saved as PDF and/or Word documents):


  • a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position;
  • a curriculum vitae; and
  • names and contact information for three references.

Please do not include any other documents.


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 a 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.


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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