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Assistant Professor in Education and Social Justice
About the Position: Western Washington University seeks a candidate with a commitment to integrating knowledge of critical theory, cultural studies, and/or contemporary social theory within a social justice education framework.  This new position provides leadership in designing programs for an innovative Education and Social Justice minor. Initially, time will be split half-time between teaching and administering. Administration includes program development between two colleges, academic advising, and collaborating with an advisory team as the program is developing and refining coursework. After the program is fully operational, administrative time will be reduced.
About the College/Department: Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies cultivates student responsibility for designing and assessing learning through interdisciplinary inquiry, creativity, and scholarship. With an emphasis on justice, social and environmental responsibility, and cultural diversity, we challenge ourselves through active, innovative, and experiential learning to examine our choices, roles, and purposes in the world.

The Woodring College of Education is the foundational college on the Western Washington University campus and is NCATE accredited. It prepares some of the highest numbers of teachers and has the only undergraduate program in Human Services in the state of Washington. College programs prepare education, human service, and rehabilitation counseling professionals. The Woodring College of Education vision statement identifies the college as dedicated to fostering community relationships and a culture of learning that advances knowledge, embraces diversity, and promotes social justice.

Faculty at Western enjoy a balance of teaching, scholarship, and service in a university that is ranked as one of the top regional universities in the nation. With approximately 15,000 students, WWU is located in beautiful Bellingham, close to both the Cascade range and the Pacific coast; it is midway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Academic Workplace Report (2011) names Western as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, winning honors in four categories: collaborative governance, teaching environment, confidence in senior leadership, and tenure clarity and process. 
Position Responsibilities: In a collaboration between Woodring College of Education and Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Education and Social Justice minor aims to prepare professional educators, counselors, human service professionals, and community organizers to understand and effectively use social justice frameworks, critical reflection and praxis to address equity issues in formal and informal (including alternative) educational settings, for nonprofit, public service, and private organizations.
Required Qualifications:
  • Earned Doctorate at time of appointment in field such as social justice, the social sciences, or education
  • Evidence of successful teaching experience in formal or informal settings, minimum 3 years
  • Evidence of critical engagement with youth or communities such as mentoring, advising, coaching, or community-based outreach experiences
  • Demonstrated successful experience working in diverse communities
  • Demonstrated pedagogical skills to teach within an interdisciplinary learning environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy studies
  • Demonstrated commitment in engaged scholarship related to social justice
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Evidence of experience and successfully negotiating in a cross-cultural context
  • Evidence of leadership and coordination in academic program/curriculum development
  • Evidence of community organizing or administrative experience
  • Evidence of successful teaching experience at the university level
  • Bilingual/Multilingual
Academic Emphasis: Education and Social Justice
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:
Please submit your application via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE) at https://jobs.wwu.edu/. Note: You will need to use Internet Explorer to fully utilize WWU’s online application system. 

Materials may be attached as noted on the EASE application. Application materials should include:
  • Cover letter addressing the position qualifications
  • Curriculum vita
  • Evidence of effective teaching
  • No more than two scholarly writing samples
  • Contact information for three references, include one former student or community reference (no letters of reference)

Technical questions regarding EASE application process should be directed to Human Resources at 360.650.3306.
Other Information: Please address any questions about the position to Janna Cecka, secretary to the Search Committee at Janna.Cecka@wwu.edu.

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies: http://www.wwu.edu/depts/fairhaven/  
Woodring College of Education: http://www.wce.wwu.edu 
American Cultural Studies: http://www.wwu.edu/fairhaven/acs/ 
Center for Education, Equity and Diversity: http://www.wce.wwu.edu/CEED/ 
Equal Opportunity Office: http://www.wwu.edu/eoo/index.shtml 
Ethnic Student Center: http://as.wwu.edu/esc/  
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Advocacy Council: http://www.wwu.edu/lgbtac/  
Minority Employee Council: http://www.wwu.edu/mec/index.shtml 

Visitor Websites: 
City of Bellingham: http://www.cob.org/visiting
Seattle: http://www.seattle.gov/visiting/ 
Vancouver, British Columbia: http://vancouver.ca/visitors/htm  
Job Posted: 11/28/2012
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins January 31, 2013; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 120943
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

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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