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Assistant Professor of Energy Policy
About the Position: The Department of Environmental Studies within Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Energy Policy at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning September, 2014. The person chosen will receive an academic appointment in the Environmental Studies Department and will have an ongoing and formal affiliation with WWU’s Institute for Energy Studies www.wwu.edu/energy . The position entails teaching, advisement, scholarship, community engagement and service that support the Department and the Institute. This opening is part of a broad Institute venture to hire new faculty in the sciences, engineering, environmental studies, and economics. The Environmental Studies 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 ranked as the top public comprehensive university in the Pacific Northwest. With about 15,000 students, WWU is located in beautiful Bellingham, close to both the Cascade Mountains and northwest marine waters; it is about midway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. Its mission is to serve the State of Washington and beyond by bringing together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. www.wwu.edu 

Western’s Huxley College of the Environment is the oldest interdisciplinary environmental studies college in the U.S. It is known nationally and internationally for its excellence in educating the next generation of environmental leaders. Huxley’s academic programs reflect a broad view of the physical, biological, social and cultural world. http://www.wwu.edu/huxley. The Department of Environmental Studies offers degrees in Geography, Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, Environmental Policy and Environmental Education. The department values putting learners in active roles in real world contexts, and recognizes the diverse kinds of professional expertise its faculty bring. All programs maintain active relationships with community, agency, NGO and/or private sector partners. 
Position Responsibilities: Energy policy is shaped by and operates in a complex societal context. Major factors at play in energy policy processes include institutional and infrastructure inertia, diverse and changing technology options, critical environmental challenges, and divergent public knowledge of and opinions on science. A variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives affect energy policy, including planning and policy studies, political science, communication studies, behavioral/social psychology, and sociology. We seek candidates who bring a scholarly background in one or more of these disciplinary traditions, plus a strongly multidisciplinary approach, to bear on scholarship and teaching in the evolving energy and climate policy context. The candidate will be expected to develop a sustained program of externally funded scholarship. Criteria for advancement are described in the Environmental Studies Departmental Unit Evaluation Plan and the College UEP, available on the Departmental and College websites.
Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in a policy field, or J.D. ABD candidates will be considered if the Ph.D. can be completed by time of appointment
  • Academic, research, or employment experience in the field of energy policy
  • Demonstrated strong research ability
  • A record of teaching effectiveness or demonstrated potential at the introductory, upper division, and graduate levels
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse community of students and colleagues
Preferred Qualifications:
  • An integrative, innovative and interdisciplinary view of energy policy
  • Demonstrated ability and experience securing external support
Academic Emphasis: Energy Policy
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: All applications should be submitted online to Western's HR Department: http://www.wwu.edu/jobs.  Applications should include a cover letter describing teaching and research experience, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references in the Cover Letters and Attachments section of the application system.
Other Information: Applicants may contact or direct questions to the Search Committee Chair, Jean Melious, at jean.melious@wwu.edu.
Job Posted: 11/4/2013
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins December 2, 2013; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 130938
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, 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 Providing Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination. EO/AA inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX 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.

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