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One-Year Visiting Instructor - Religious Studies, Biblical Scriptures and Ancient World

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Humanities & Social Science

Position Title One-Year Visiting Instructor - Religious Studies, Biblical Scriptures and Ancient World
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 Department of Liberal Studies at Western Washington University consists of eight tenured or tenure-track faculty whose courses serve a Humanities major and make significant contributions to the university’s general education curriculum.  Liberal Studies is a multidisciplinary Humanities department with an interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizing cultural history and Religious Studies.  The department’s courses range from ancient to modern and encompass most of the globe.  Faculty in the department are also committed to providing high quality courses that prepare both majors and non-majors with skills in research, analysis, and writing.  The department encourages its faculty to participate in other interdisciplinary programs such as East Asian Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; International Studies; and the Honors program.

About the Position

The position is open to scholars with broad-based Religious Studies training and particular expertise in biblical scriptures and the ancient eastern Mediterranean or Near Eastern world.

The successful candidate will teach seven courses over three quarters.

Required Qualifications

ABD and the ability to teach LBRL 231 – Introduction to the Study of Religion, LBRL 334 – Hebrew Bible and the Religion of Ancient Israel, LBRL 336 – New Testament and Early Christianity, and other courses in Religious Studies and/or cultural history according to candidate’s areas of specialization and departmental needs.

Preferred Qualifications

A Ph.D. in Religious Studies. Candidates who show promise as a teacher and ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues.

Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience; benefits eligible.
Bargaining Unit United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions

Required application materials: (1) letter of application; (2) graduate transcript; (3) C.V.; (4) sample syllabi for both a lower-division introduction to the study of religion course and an upper-level course in the candidate’s area of specialization; and (5) three confidential letters of reference.  The Western PageUp application system will automatically send out the requests for confidential letters to your references.

For general questions contact the Department Administrator Maureen Christman at (360) 650-3030 or email

Closing Date Notes Application review begins May 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);

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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