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Assistant Professor, Plastics and Composites Engineering
About the Position: Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications from candidates for a full-time, tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in Plastics and Composites Engineering. Start date is September 16, 2014. The Engineering Technology Department strives to further Western’s identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity, and encourages applications from diverse candidates.
About the College/Department: Western Washington University is developing new programs in Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, and Plastics and Composites Engineering. WWU currently has highly regarded programs in Electronics, Manufacturing, and Plastics Engineering Technology that will be transitioned into these new engineering programs. The faculty member hired for this position will serve these new programs when they begin in 2014. We are looking for energetic individuals who will help us develop industry-ready graduates through a combination of creative problem-solving, analytical skills development, and experiential learning. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be part of the foundational development of these programs, and to help build and strengthen connections to other areas such as with WWU’s Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center (AMSEC) and Institute for Energy Studies. WWU is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the finest public comprehensive university in the region and second-best in the entire West in 2012. For more information about WWU, view The Chronicle of Higher Education’s profile of WWU at: http://chronicle.com/employer/Western-Washington-University/157.

In addition, the department also has programs in industrial design, and industrial technology–vehicle design. There are eleven full-time faculty and 560+ undergraduate majors and pre-majors.  Detailed information is available for the current plastics engineering technology program at http://www.etec.wwu.edu/pet/about.html.
Position Responsibilities: Position responsibilities include: teaching engineering core courses and advanced courses in materials characterization, polymer chemistry, and/or plastics/composites materials, maintaining a relevant program of scholarly activity, participation in service and accreditation activities, and support of the Department’s Mission. Additional responsibilities include: assisting with curriculum development for the transition to engineering, maintaining currency in Plastics and Composites engineering practice, student advising and recruitment, developing internship and interdisciplinary opportunities, professional interactions with colleagues and industry, and student club and professional development activities.
Required Qualifications:
  • One of the following:
    • An earned PhD in material science, chemical engineering, chemistry, or a closely related discipline, received from an accredited institution prior to September 15, 2014, or
    • An earned Master of Science degree in material science, chemical engineering, chemistry, or a closely related discipline, and significant, recent, relevant industry-based professional experience
  • Evidence of the ability to teach materials characterization, polymer chemistry, or plastics/composite materials
  • Evidence of the ability to teach core engineering courses in one or more of the following areas: materials, design of experiments, FEA, technical writing, engineering ethics, or quality assurance
  • Experience, and teaching and scholarship interests that are closely aligned with the Mission of the Department
  • Evidence of the ability to maintain a relevant program of scholarly activity
  • Evidence of the ability and willingness to maintain currency in plastics and composites engineering practice
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Recent, relevant experience in industry, industry sponsored grants, commercialization, and/or industry relations
  • Successful prior teaching experience
  • Evidence of the ability to teach program courses in one or more of the following areas: compounding, plastics/composites manufacturing processes
Academic Emphasis: Plastics and Composites Engineering
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: Applications must include (1) a letter of application outlining how you meet the qualifications for the position and your available starting date, (2) a statement of philosophy and interest in teaching, (3) summary of teaching evaluations, if applicable, (4) A statement of your research experience and interests, and (5) a full curriculum vitae including the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.

Do not send letters of recommendation; they will be requested only for semi-finalists.  

All application materials must be uploaded through the Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE) at http://www.wwu.edu/jobs

Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Professor Nicole Hoekstra, at pce.search@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3380.  Incomplete or incorrectly submitted applications will not be considered.
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Job Posted: 10/2/2013
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins December 1, 2013; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 130538
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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