Western Washington University
Huxley College of the Environment
Assistant Professor of Urban Studies
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 Urban Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning September 2014.
About Western, Huxley and the Department of Environmental Studies: Faculty at Western Washington University enjoy a balance of teaching, scholarship, and service at 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 the Salish Sea; 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.” http://www.wwu.edu/
Western’s Huxley College of the Environment is the oldest interdisciplinary environmental studies college in the U.S. 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. An innovative, interdisciplinary and applied approach is Huxley’s touchstone. URL: https://huxley.wwu.edu/.
The Department of Environmental Studies offers undergraduate and graduate 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 multiple active relationships with community, agency, NGO and/or private sector partners. The department strives to further Western’s identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity, and encourages applications from diverse candidates.
Position Responsibilities: The position requires teaching and advisement at both undergraduate and graduate levels; research, scholarship, and community engagement; and service on Departmental, College, and/or University committees or other initiatives. Teaching responsibilities are primarily coursework in Geography and Urban Planning and Sustainability degree sequences, plus contributions to Department-wide core and/or University general education courses. The candidate will be expected to develop a sustained program of externally funded scholarship, outreach, and/or pedagogical development. Criteria for advancement are described in the Environmental Studies Departmental Unit Evaluation Plan and the College UEP, available on the Departmental and College websites.
· Doctorate or ABD in Urban Studies, Geography, Urban Planning, or related field, with expected completion by September 2014.
· A strong vision for outstanding undergraduate and graduate-level teaching and mentorship in Urban and Environmental Studies.
· Ability to effectively teach introductory, upper division, and graduate-level Urban Studies courses in an interdisciplinary Environmental Studies department.
· Ability for high-quality scholarship in Urban Studies.
· Ability to work effectively within a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff.
· A synthetic, integrative, innovative and interdisciplinary view of both Urban and Environmental Studies.
· Scholarship focus or specialization in sustainability, resilience, social justice or environmental justice.
· Evidence of ability to integrate professional practice and application into teaching and scholarship.
· Evidence of ability to secure external support.
Academic Emphasis: Urban Studies with emphasis on one or more of: sustainability, resilience, social justice, and/or environmental justice.
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 philosophy and research experience, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references in the Cover Letters and Attachments section of the application system.
Applicants may contact or direct questions to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. David Rossiter, at david.rossiter[at]wwu.edu.
Closing Date Notes: Review of applications begins December 10, 2013; position 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, 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. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity & Employment Diversity, 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[at]wwu.edu.
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