Lecturer in Scientific Writing

  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northern Arizona University
Full Time Academia

Job Description

The Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a full-time non-tenure track Lecturer faculty position in Biological Writing to begin in August 2020. 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: teaching sections of a Biological Writing course, which is a required course for students seeking Bachelor’s degrees in Biology, Biomedical Science, Microbiology and Biology Secondary Education.

This position and the Biological Writing course 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. These sections will be taught with supervision and collaboration from other instructors to ensure consistency across sections.

While this position is expected to remain current in trends and pedagogies in science writing, research and other scholarship activity are not an expectation for this position, and release time will not be allocated for them.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned degree in: MA or MS in Rhetoric and Composition, Professional Writing, Science Writing, or a closely related field; OR a MS in Biology or a closely related field conferred by August 17, 2020.
  • At least two years of experience teaching writing at the college level.
  • Evidence of successful professional accomplishment in the area of technical or non-technical science writing
  • Complete hiring packet

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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.
  • Experience working and interacting with people from a wide variety of culturally diverse backgrounds

General Information

The Department of Biological Sciences comprises more than 3000 majors in 5 undergraduate degree programs, roughly 70 faculty, and100 MS and PhD students.

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 31,073, including approximately 23,000 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.

The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.

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.


$45,000 to $47,500 depending on qualifications and experience

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed.  Review of applications will begin on April 27, 2020.

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 604964, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must 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 as PDF and/or Word documents.

Address questions to the search chair: Dr. Alison Singer (alison.singer@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.

Education Requirements

Master's Degree