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Assistant Professor, Chemistry/SMATE
About the Position: Applications are invited for one tenure track position at the assistant professor level in chemistry with a specialization in science education. This will be a joint appointment between the chemistry department and the Science, Math and Technology Education (SMATE) program at Western Washington University (WWU) in Bellingham, WA, and will begin September 2013. The chemistry department and SMATE program are committed to Western’s strategic goal of recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, and welcome applications from diverse candidates.
About the College/Department: WWU is a primarily undergraduate state institution (about 15,000 students) in Bellingham, WA, 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia and 90 miles north of Seattle. WWU has a historical emphasis on teacher preparation and prepares more K-12 teachers than any other institution of higher education in Washington. The chemistry department offers M.S., B.S, B.A., and B.A. in Education degree programs and typically serves about 190 majors. The B.S. chemistry degree is certified by the American Chemical Society. About 40% of undergraduate chemistry majors are currently active in faculty-mentored research projects. Many of these students present their work regionally and nationally. SMATE includes 9 faculty members with joint appointments in chemistry, physics, biology, geology, and the Woodring College of Education.  These faculty work collaboratively in teaching and research. SMATE offers interdisciplinary B.A. degree programs for future elementary and secondary teachers and has an established history of leading systemic change in Washington state and national science education initiatives.
Position Responsibilities: The ideal candidate will enhance our existing strengths in undergraduate education, and will teach chemistry courses with an emphasis in general chemistry, as well as teacher preparation courses in SMATE. The teaching load will be distributed evenly between chemistry and SMATE. An active research program in science education is expected, especially one that continues active collaborations within the SMATE program. This faculty member will also be expected to participate in service activities, including departmental committees and student advising. 
Required Qualifications:
  • Earned doctorate by hire date in chemistry, chemical engineering, education, or related field
  • Demonstrated experience in undergraduate or K-12 teaching
  • Ability to establish a vigorous research program in science education involving undergraduate students
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Post-doctoral research or teaching experience
  • Record of or potential for high quality undergraduate teaching
  • Record of or potential for high quality scholarship
  • K-12 teaching or teacher preparation experience
  • Demonstrated experience working with a diverse student body
Academic Emphasis: Chemistry/SMATE
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Submit a curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, statements of teaching philosophy and research plans to WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (https://jobs.wwu.edu/). In addition, arrange for three letters of recommendation to be mailed to sara.young@wwu.edu or Sara Young, Western Washington University, 516 High St MS 9150, Bellingham, WA 98226.
Other Information: Inquiries may be addressed to Prof. Emily Borda at (360) 650-3135 or bordae@wwu.edu
Job Posted: 9/6/2012
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins October 15, 2012; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 120688
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

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