The Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the Faculty Senate Council for Non-Tenure Track Faculty Issues is proud to feature the following non-tenure track faculty for our Inaugural NTT Spotlight. Chairs and colleagues nominated the faculty below for public recognition of their professional dedication to the university, highlighting examples of the significant teaching, research, and service contributions non-tenure track faculty provide to the NAU community and beyond.
Claudia Rodas, Ph.D.
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Educational Specialties in the College of Education
Dr. Claudia Rodas is an anchor faculty and co-coordinator of special education in the College of Education. In her role as an anchor faculty, Dr. Rodas recruits, advises, and teaches students at our North Valley and Paradise Valley campuses. She also works with the chair and assistant chair of Educational Specialties to course schedules, area needs, area review. In addition to these essential service roles, Dr. Rodas serves as the College Council President and demonstrated strong leadership for the faculty as the university navigated the COVID-19 epidemic. In her role, she worked with college administration to bring faculty concerns to the forefront and to find opportunities for common ground and growth. During the pandemic she also developed educational webinars to support teachers, parents, and other community members in providing learning opportunities for students. Dr. Rodas also recently assisted with preparing teachers from countries in South America joining Arizona schools for the adjustment and to develop familiarity with American schools and curriculum and reflects her deep commitment to preparing future teachers. Dr. Rodas’ leadership in the classroom, in the department, and in the College of Education all serve as exemplar examples for her colleagues, students, and NAU at large.