Instructional Leadership, emphasis: K-12 School Leadership (MEd)
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Mission and vision


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We collaborate in inquiry and practice to promote justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, sustainability, and human and community well-being as we build a shared sense of belonging. With student success as our central focus, our work produces critical insights about human societies, behavior, and communication that inform innovative approaches to solving and increasing awareness of significant regional and global challenges.

Strategic vision

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The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is a community of change-makers. We support the strengths of students, staff, and faculty, and collaborate with communities through innovative teaching, scholarship and creative work, public engagement, and practice. Together, we further justice, diversity, inclusion, equity, sustainability, and human and community well-being.

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Applying innovation to practice

The college’s programs apply innovative research that crosses boundaries and provides hands-on experience through the Media Innovation Center, the Model UN, Speech and Debate, the GeoDesign Studio, and the Virtual Reality Lab. SBS faculty are dedicated to personal mentoring for students and scholarship that has a positive impact on local and global communities.

Advancing careers in equity, justice, diversity, and inclusion

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SBS is hiring multiple positions at the tenure track and career stream (teaching professors, clinical professors, and professors of practice) levels, all supporting our mission and vision. NAU is committed to the success and advancement of Native American students and is a Hispanic-Serving Institution. In 2022, we completed a cluster hire to deepen scholarship and teaching about current and historical experiences of Indigenous and Latinx peoples in the United States across an array of disciplines. Participating departments include Comparative Cultural Studies, Music, Anthropology, Applied Indigenous Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Psychological Sciences.