Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Professor Chemistry Education Position at Western Washington University

To Apply please visit the following link for Western Washington University's Job Postings: http://employment.wwu.edu/cw/en-us/job/495871/assistant-or-associate-professor-chemistry-education. 

Position Title

Assistant or Associate Professor in Chemistry Education

About the University

Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

About the Department

The College of Science and Engineering and Chemistry Department/SMATE support 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. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

WWU has a historical emphasis on teacher preparation and prepares more K-12 teachers than any other institution of higher education in Washington.  The Chemistry Department serves about 300 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 approved 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 and are co-authors on peer-reviewed publications.  SMATE includes faculty members with joint appointments in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geology, Computer Science, 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.

About the Position

The successful 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 assignment will be distributed evenly between chemistry and SMATE. This person must be committed to quality undergraduate education and to fulfilling teaching responsibilities in ways that support an equitable and inclusive learning environment for students. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an active research program involving undergraduate and M.S. students, preferably one that emphasizes science education ​and 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.

Required Qualifications

  • An earned Ph.D. in chemistry, chemistry education, biochemistry or related field, OR earned doctorate in science education combined with graduate level course work in chemistry or related field from an accredited institution is required at time of appointment. 

  • Record of and potential for facilitating high quality inclusive, student-centered undergraduate learning experiences.

  • Record of and potential for high quality scholarship, including commitment to mentoring undergraduates in research.

  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to fostering equity, inclusion and diversity in the classroom and research lab.
  • Commitment to establishing a vigorous research program involving undergraduate and M.S. students.

  • Demonstrated interest in working with prospective and/or practicing K-12 teachers.

  • 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

  • Post-doctoral research experience in chemistry, chemistry education or science education
  • K-12 science teaching or teacher preparation experience


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

All submissions must be at: http://employment.wwu.edu/cw/en-us/job/495871/assistant-or-associate-professor-chemistry-education. 

Submit the following documents: (1) a cover letter addressing all of the required and preferred qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) undergraduate and graduate transcripts, (4) a detailed statement of research plans (max. length of four pages, not including references), (5) a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and interests, and (6) a one-page statement describing plans to promote equity, inclusion and diversity in the classroom and research lab.

You will be required to provide contact information for three reference letters, which will be automatically requested from the referee via the PageUp System.

Additional Questions

Professor Emily Borda (360) 650-3135 or Emily.Borda@wwu.edu

Closing Date Notes

Application review begins September 17, 2018; position is open until filled.

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.