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Assistant/Associate Professor
About the Position: Applications are invited for one tenure track faculty position at the assistant or associate 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 2014. 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.

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. 

About the College/Department: The Chemistry Department serves about 230 majors and offers M.S., B.S, and B.A. degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry, and a B.A. in Education. The B.S. Chemistry degree is certified by the American Chemical Society. Roughly half of all undergraduate chemistry majors are 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 and supporting systemic science education reform efforts in Washington State and nationally.
Position Responsibilities: The ideal candidate will enhance our existing strengths in undergraduate education and science teacher preparation, and will teach chemistry courses as well as K-12 science 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 supports active collaborations within and between the SMATE and Chemistry programs. This faculty member will also be expected to participate in service activities, including departmental committees and student advising. Participation in planning or facilitation of summer professional development programs for K-12 teachers, with the possibility of summer salary, is encouraged.
Required Qualifications:
  • Earned doctorate by hire date in chemistry, chemistry education or related field, OR earned doctorate in science education combined with graduate level course work in chemistry or related field
  • Demonstrated teaching experience at the undergraduate or K-12 level
  • Demonstrated interest in working with K-12 students or teachers
  • Commitment to establishing a vigorous research program involving undergraduate students
  • For appointment at the associate level, demonstrated significant research and evidence of successful teaching commensurate with general tenure-track requirements of the department, college and university
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Earned doctorate by hire date in chemistry, chemistry education, biochemistry, or chemical engineering, OR earned doctorate in science education combined with graduate level course work in chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical engineering
  • Post-doctoral research experience in chemistry, chemical education or science education
  • Record of or potential for high quality undergraduate teaching
  • Record of or potential for high quality scholarship in undergraduate or K-12 science education
  • K-12 science teaching or teacher preparation experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively 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 cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and statements of teaching philosophy and research plans to WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (www.wwu.edu/jobs

Candidates wishing to be considered for an associate professor appointment should indicate such in their cover letter.

In addition, arrange for three letters of recommendation to be mailed to chemSMATEsearch@wwu.edu  or Emily Borda, Department of Chemistry, Western Washington University, 516 High St., MS 9150, Bellingham, WA 98225. 

Other Information: Inquiries may be addressed to Prof. Emily Borda at (360) 650-3135 or bordae@wwu.edu.
Job Posted: 8/14/2013
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins September 30, 2013; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 130400
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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