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Assistant Professor of Elementary and Science Education
About the Position: Woodring College of Education invites dynamic and innovative individuals to apply for a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor of Elementary and Science Education (with faculty tenure review in the Department of Elementary Education) . This is a nine-month tenure-track position to begin fall 2017, with opportunity for summer employment. Information about the Elementary Education (ELED) Program can be found at: https://wce.wwu.edu/eled/elementary-education. Information about the Science, Math, and Technology Education (SMATE) programs at Western Washington University can be found at: https://cse.wwu.edu/smate  

Committed to the creation of an inclusive, supportive community of learners, the Woodring College of Education and SMATE seek leaders in their professions who have experience working in culturally diverse communities and schools and who have the ability to contribute to the creation of a more just and inclusive society. We welcome applications from diverse applicants.

Woodring College, the Department of Elementary Education, and the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education program prepare teachers in inclusive, student-centered learning, working to create a more just and equitable education system for all students. Teacher candidates participate in rigorous and reflective education from foundations courses through a year-long internship. Preservice elementary teachers complete science courses designed for a deep understanding of science at the elementary level as well as a two quarter science methods and practicum sequence.

Faculty at Western Washington University (WWU) enjoy a balance of teaching, scholarship, and service in a university that is nationally ranked as one of the top among 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. Western Washington University was rated one of the best places to work by the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2014.

The successful candidate will teach core courses in science education and occasional courses in the Elementary Education Department.  The candidate will have both theoretical and practical experience in teaching science at the elementary/middle school level and in science teacher education.  The candidate will be knowledgeable about science, how students learn science, preservice teacher education in science, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

About the College/Department: Elementary Education
Position Responsibilities:
  • Teach undergraduate science methods and practicum courses leading to K-8 state endorsements in elementary education and science education
  • Work with department, college and SMATE colleagues to align curriculum with state and professional performance-based standards in STEM education
  • Maintain an active and visible program of scholarship including grants, publications and presentations
  • Serve as a liaison between ELED and SMATE
  • Participate in service, within the department, college, university, community, state, and professional organizations commensurate with the expectations for rank and years in service
  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students
  • Supervise students in community-based and/or school-based practica settings
  • Collaborate in the development of innovative undergraduate and graduate programs, curriculum, and externally funded proposals
  • Teach occasional internship year courses to support candidates’ student teaching and accompanying assessments such as the edTPA
  • Participate in school, community, and university collaborations
Required Qualifications:
  • Earned doctorate by December 2017 in Science Education or a closely related area
  • Experience with professional development of adult learners in the area of science education
  • A record of scholarly research in the area of K-8 science teaching/learning
  • Experience teaching grades K-8
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusive, student-centered learning and work with diverse students, staff, and constituents
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with the Next Generation Science Standards and strategies for implementation
  • Experience teaching undergraduate science methods (as instructor and/or teaching assistant)
  • Graduate work or experience in science or engineering research or application (e.g., in a laboratory, industry, or field setting)
  • Experience fostering partnerships and working collaboratively with students, community partners, staff, and colleagues
  • In-service professional development teaching experience
  • Experience writing and participating in STEM education proposals for external funding
  • Experience teaching general education and/or research methods courses for teacher candidates
  • The ability to communicate fluently in two or more languages
Academic Emphasis: Elementary and Science Education
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
  • Vita
  • Evidence of required qualifications
  • Two scholarly writing samples

Additionally, three letters of reference should be sent directly to:

Matthew Miller, Ph.D.
Professor, Elementary Education
516 High St. MS9092
Miller Hall 315B
Bellingham, WA 98225
Matthew.Miller@wwu.edu  
Other Information: Position begins September 2017.
Job Posted: 10/27/2016
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins January 4, 2017; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 160452
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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