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I am writing to request your assistance in recruiting qualified candidates for the Frances B. McAllister Endowed Chair in Community, Culture, and Environment at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. The McAllister Chair provides leadership for interdisciplinary initiatives focused on developing a culture of place and civic engagement on the Colorado Plateau.

We are looking for a person with a strong record of interdisciplinary research, scholarship or artistic creativity and a history of community engagement. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Tenure will reside in either the natural sciences, social sciences, or the arts and humanities. A full description of the position and application guidelines are enclosed and included below. The NAU Human Resources posting can be found at

I invite you to 1) respond to me recommending one or more candidates and 2) forward the attached position description to colleagues who you think are themselves qualified, or who might know of other qualified colleagues. The McAllister search committee hopes that you will help us fill this unique academic opportunity in a beautiful region of diverse landscapes and cultures. If you have any questions about the position or application process, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Sincerely yours,


Julie Gess-Newsome

J. Lawrence Walkup Distinguished Chair of Science Education

Director, Center for Science Teaching and Learning

Northern Arizona University



The Frances B. McAllister Endowed Chair

in Community, Culture, and Environment

The Frances B. McAllister Endowed Chair in Community, Culture, and Environment continues a vital collaboration between Northern Arizona University and community organizations on the Colorado Plateau. The Colorado Plateau is a region of exceptional geological, biological, and cultural diversity located in the Four Corners area of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado. Established in 1997, the McAllister Chair oversees the Program in Community, Culture, and Environment (CCE) whose mission is to engage the university and community in dialogue about the past, present, and future of the Plateau. The McAllister Chair provides innovative leadership for interdisciplinary initiatives that are focused on developing a culture of place and civic engagement in the region.

We seek a senior scholar at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor who is able to work across disciplines. Tenure of the successful candidate will reside in the natural sciences, social sciences, or the arts and humanities. He or she will be a skilled facilitator, able to create linkages, listen well, and build upon existing NAU programs and community organizations in the region. This person will link and thereby strengthen NAU programs such as, but not limited to, the Center for Sustainable Environments, the Master of Liberal Studies, and Applied Indigenous Studies; and strengthen ties with community partners such as the Museum of Northern Arizona, Coconino Community College, and Flagstaff Cultural Partners. The preferred candidate need not have expertise that is focused on the Colorado Plateau. He or she should have a demonstrable commitment to place-based research, scholarship, art, or community-building.

The McAllister Chair will shape a program that may include:

ˇ Developing and supporting arts, scientific, and environmental programs that foster a sustainable future for the Colorado Plateau

ˇ Stimulating scholarly and curricular innovation and participating in the creation and teaching of courses related to a culture of place

ˇ Serving as a catalyst within the university for conversations and program development that will prepare students to be citizens of place

ˇ Creating and implementing a community-oriented curriculum that provides collaborative learning opportunities for community members and university students

ˇ Providing leadership to the university and community through research, education, and activities that promote understanding and exploration of issues related to cultural and environmental sustainability

ˇ Fostering educational experiences that enable students to apply their knowledge to the real-world challenges that face the Colorado Plateau


Minimum Qualifications

Evidence of professional works, and/or teaching, and/or community engagement involving cultural and environmental sustainability

A record of publications or artistic creativity commensurate with appointment as associate or full professor

Experience in interdisciplinary curricular programs or projects

A terminal degree in a discipline complementary to the mission of the CCE Program, or comparable experience


Preferred Qualifications

Ability to work across multiple disciplines in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities

A distinguished record of research, scholarship, or artistic creativity

Leadership in interdisciplinary curricular development

Leadership in developing programs that link academic environments with communities

Experience securing external funds

Understanding the challenges of working in rural communities

Ability to work with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds, including Native American populations

Experience developing or supervising community-based student experiences


Application materials should include a letter describing the candidatešs interest in the position; a resume; one or more examples of community and interdisciplinary achievements; and the names, titles, phone numbers and email addresses of five references. Review of applications will begin on February 21, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled. Complete application materials should be sent by email attachment to and addressed to: Chair, McAllister Search Committee, Office of the Provost, P.O. 4120, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, U.S.A. Please refer to the following web site for a complete position description:

General Information

Flagstaff, Arizona is a four-season community of about 57,000 people at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. Northern Arizona University seeks to be a regional leader in cultural and environmental sustainability. Northern Arizona University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.