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Northern Arizona University
  • Position Number: 4153200
  • Location: Flagstaff, AZ
  • Position Type: Agriculture - Environmental Science, Ecology & Forestry

Assistant Professor of Climate, Wildfire, and Disturbance Modeling

Location: School of Forestry
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 607215
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

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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.

Special Information

This is a tenure track position. This position is located on the Flagstaff Mountain Campus.

Job Description

We invite applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Climate, Wildfire and Disturbance modeling in the School of Forestry (SOF) at Northern Arizona (NAU). This is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment. We seek an applicant with expertise in modeling interactions between climate, wildfire and other disturbances, broadly defined, whose interests will support, build, and complement the School of Forestry's and NAU's programs in these and related areas. The successful applicant will be expected to teach courses in support of our undergraduate and graduate forestry programs, develop a productive, externally-funded research program focused on the emerging climate, wildfire and disturbance challenges faced by the state of AZ and the western United States more broadly, advise graduate students (MF, MS, and PhD), and serve the School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, and the profession. This position will support the newly established Arizona Wildfire Initiative, housed in the School of Forestry. There are three facets to this program that include: 1) enhancing workforce development and education; 2) science dissemination and outreach; and 3) community preparedness for wildfire. For enhancing workforce development and education, we are starting new online undergraduate and graduate programs that this position will support.

Teaching responsibilities and opportunities include the broad scope of climate modeling, disturbance ecology, wildland fire science and other forestry related courses. These could include, but are not limited to, topics such as intro to climate modeling, disturbance ecology in forestry, wildland fire modeling, fire ecology, wildfire-climate change interactions. Candidates with a background suitable to support additional teaching needs within the Forestry and Fire Sciences major such as silviculture, forest operations, and/or forest ecology are desired.

NAU affirms the importance and critical need for diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in higher education and we seek to hire an individual with a strong track record of engagement with DEIJ in their professional endeavors.

The anticipated start date for this position is August 2023.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Forestry/Natural Resources/Environmental Sciences/Bioscience OR another closely related field conferred by the start date.
  • At least one degree in forestry or a closely related natural resource management field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience teaching, or effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Extensive experience working with diverse population with all backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences; and fostering and creating a collaborative, inclusive, and supportive work environment.
  • Demonstrated university-teaching experience in subjects such as climate modeling, wildfire modeling, climate, wildfire and forestry interactions, disturbance ecology, and other forestry classes.
  • Demonstrated university-teaching experience in online, hybrid and in-person classes.
  • Evidence of the potential to secure external funding to support research.
  • Professional experience working collaboratively with partners (e.g., local, state, or federal agencies, non-governmental agencies, or natural resource management organizations) on issues closely related to wildfire modeling and wildfire management.

General Information

The School of Forestry offers B.S., M.F., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and well as an online undergraduate and graduate certificate. Our faculty represent a diversity of scholars and educators from multiple disciplines and cultures who address local, regional, and international forestry issues. Our academic and research programs are internationally recognized for their excellence. Our location in the ponderosa pine forests of Northern Arizona and our proximity to life zones ranging from Sonoran Desert to alpine tundra provide an ideal place to teach and conduct research. Our well-equipped facility jointly houses the School of Forestry, the Ecological Restoration Institute, Centennial Forest (education and research forest), and a unit of the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station.

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. 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. For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

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.

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 the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.

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 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.




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 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 HR benefits page.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on May 30, 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 607215, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Applications must include: (1) a letter of interest highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) unofficial graduate transcripts of all college level work; (4) and names and contact information for three professional references (phone number, email, and address). Save all items as PDF documents.

For more information, please contact Dr. Andrea Thode, Search Committee Chair, School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ 86011-15018; phone: 928-523-5457. Email:

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 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.

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