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Points of Pride

Lumberjack Pride

Top-tier programs. Cutting-edge research. World-renowned faculty. These are just a few of the distinctive qualities that make NAU a leader in higher education.

Partners in Your Success

Meet a few of our many distinguished faculty members who push the boundaries of knowledge and take pride in their commitment to student success.

Faculty Excellence

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Student Success To activate the Student Success tab, press your spacebar.

  • NAU was recognized as one of six highly-influential universities in American Indian and Alaska Native education in a recent study published by Hollie J. Mackey, assistant professor of education at the University of Oklahoma, and Linda Sue Warner, special assistant to the president on tribal affairs at Northeastern A&M College.
  • All seven winners of the 2013 Rodel Exemplary Principal award—which recognizes outstanding principals in Arizona’s high-need schools—are NAU alumni, as are six of the 12 winners of the 2013 Rodel Exemplary Teachers award.
  • A 2012 report by Diverse: Issues in Higher Educationranked NAU 11th in the nation for awarding undergraduate degrees in all disciplines to Native American students and 55th in the nation for awarding undergraduate degrees in all disciplines to Hispanic students.
  • In 2012, Hispanic Outlook in Higher Educationranked Northern Arizona University 53rd in the nation in awarding undergraduate degrees to Hispanic students, and 23rd in the nation in awarding master’s degrees.
  • A graduate student in the applied physics program, Evan Bucklin won the award for Best Poster at the International Optical Society of America Network of Students (IONS13) meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, for his presentation “Holographic Interferometry of Semiconductor Flaws.”
  • Alumnus James Ward Byrkit (Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1991) won a Best Animated Feature Film Oscar for Rango at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. He was a member of the film’s creative team.
  • According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, graduating seniors rank NAU higher than its Carnegie peer institutions in several areas that focus on student success, including:
    • student-faculty interaction
    • academic rigor
    • supportive campus environment

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Global Reach To activate the Global Reach tab, press your spacebar.

  • The Center for International Education offers undergraduate and graduate students hundreds of study abroad programs in dozens of countries.
  • Each year, nursing and health sciences students earn credit while traveling to locales such as India, Guatemala, and the Netherlands to participate in field research and community-based health initiatives.
  • The university’s Global Engineering Outreach organization regularly travels to Africa and Central America to provide expertise, supplies, and technology to communities with critical needs. Recent projects include designing and installing solar water pumps and building a local nursing facility for a village in Ghana.
  • Every summer, the School of Music and Northern Arizona University Opera sponsor the Flagstaff in Fidenza program, bringing talented young singers from across the world to further their education with intensive training and performance experiences.
  • NAU was one of five universities to receive the 2012 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, which recognizes efforts to incorporate global and cross-cultural learning into higher education.

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