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Assistant Professor of Psychology
About the Position: The Department of Psychology at Western Washington University invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in developmental psychology, with an expertise in socio-emotional development. The position will begin September 2018.
About the College/Department: The Department of Psychology has 29 permanent full-time faculty. Programs include a B.S. in Psychology and in Behavioral Neuroscience, and three graduate programs: M.S. programs in both Experimental Psychology and Mental Health Counseling and M.Ed. in School Counseling (https://chss.wwu.edu/psychology). The department houses five areas of research and teaching expertise – Developmental, Social, Abnormal, Cognitive, and Neuroscience – as well as the internationally recognized Center for Cross-Cultural Research.

The department supports Western’s mission to bring 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. As a public institution in a state where students of color make up a growing proportion of high school graduates, Western and the department are strongly committed to effectively serving our increasingly diverse student body. We encourage applications from diverse candidates interested in this faculty position.

About the University: Western Washington University is a comprehensive state university, with almost 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Position Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses at the undergraduate level in developmental psychology, as well as in our sequence of research methods and statistics courses, and other courses in the candidate’s area of expertise.  The candidate should also be prepared to teach developmental psychology in a master’s level program.  Responsibilities also include establishing and maintaining an active research program that involves undergraduate and graduate students, as well as service activities as appropriate.  
Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. or ABD developmental psychology, with expertise in socio-emotional development
    • Candidates appointed ABD must complete degree requirements by June 15th of their first year
  • Evidence of an active research program, and demonstrated ability to involve students in research
  • Publication record commensurate with experience
  • Demonstrated ability to teach the courses identified above at both the undergraduate and master’s degree level and commitment to excellence in teaching
  • Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with diverse students and colleagues
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Expertise in studying the cultural contexts of development, including but not limited to diversity in developmental processes across cultural groups, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, etc.  
    • We are particularly interested in candidates for whom culture is a centerpiece of their research program. 
  • A strong quantitative background
Academic Emphasis: Psychology
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 log in to www.wwu.edu/jobs and submit your application via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE). Application materials may be uploaded per the EASE instructions. The application should include a letter of application, a detailed vita, statements of teaching philosophy and research interests addressing the position qualifications, and copies of representative publications. The applicant should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent from recommenders to the Search Committee at the following address: psyfacsearch@wwu.edu

Please address questions about the position to Dr. Kate McLean (Kate.McLean@wwu.edu) or Dr. Annie Riggs (Anne.Riggs@wwu.edu), Co-Chairs, Cognitive Development Search Committee 
Department of Psychology 
Western Washington University 
516 High Street Bellingham, WA 98225-9172
Other Information: For more information about Western Washington University, see the Psychology Department's web page: https://chss.wwu.edu/psychology.
Job Posted: 6/29/2017
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins September 25, 2017; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 170252
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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