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Director, Center for Social Science

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Humanities & Social Science, NTT Faculty Vacancy Pool

Position Title

Director, Center for Social Science

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. About 94% of Western's students are undergraduates, and students of color represent 25% of the campus population.  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 Humanities and Social Sciences and the Sociology Department 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.

About the Position

The Department of Sociology invites applications for Director of the Center for Social Science Instruction (CSSI).  Successful candidates will excel at instruction and have a solid background in statistical computing and quantitative methods.  You will not have research responsibilities; however, we seek candidates with interest or background in pursuing external research funding because the position may involve assisting faculty with grants.  We encourage applications from candidates who are familiar with and committed to inclusively serving students from diverse backgrounds.

The Director is responsible for teaching three to four classes a year, with the primary purpose of providing courses required by students pursuing the Sociology Bachelor of Science degree.  The Director is also responsible for maintaining two Sociology Department labs.  The Director will also further the mission of the CSSI by supervising senior theses (one of the B.S. requirements) and by assisting Sociology Majors, other students, and faculty in their research projects.  The Director is also responsible for a variety of other administrative roles that are elaborated below.  This is a 10.5 month, non-tenure track and academic administrator appointment, based on a 4 year continuing contract.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Instructional Duties
    • The director provides instruction through teaching courses (including Computer Applications for Social Science Data (SOC 320) or equivalent, as well as other courses in statistical computing and quantitative research.  The director supervises a number of senior theses (SOC 492) and independent study courses each year (SOC 400, the first quarter of senior thesis), especially for students in the sociology Bachelor of Science program.  The director provides open office hours and SPSS consultation for students in the Department's statistics and capstone courses.  The director coordinates student activities including clubs, research travel, speakers, Scholar's Week planning, student awards, and administration of the Demography Scholarship.
  • Administrative Duties
    • The director oversees and maintains the Sociology Department labs and computer workstations.  This includes ordering, inventorying, surplusing, upgrading, and providing access for hardware and software.  Sociology labs currently include one with 31 computer workstations and one with 9 workstations, as well as other equipment.  The director also assesses departmental needs involving computer technology, repair and updating of resources.  The director conducts other administrative duties under the direction of the Sociology Department Chair, including maintaining display cases, ordering award plaques, and related tasks.  The director is the WWU University Official Representative (OR) to the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and the office serves as the coordinating agency for the Washington State Data Center.
  • Consultative and Research Duties
    • The director provides consultation and assistance with all stages of quantitative research (data access, data preparation, data analysis, publication, grant applications) for Sociology majors and departmental and other faculty.  The director offers occasional training courses in statistical computing software and consults with faculty in other departments as availability allows.  The director may also collaborate with faculty on the procuring of external grant funding.
  • Other Duties
    • The director is expected to fulfill all responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for all students and colleagues.
    • The director frequently writes letters of recommendation for students, supervises CSSI work-study students, and other tasks.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's Degree or higher in Sociology or closely related field by August 1, 2018
  • Experience with quantitative data analysis in a social science context
  • Successful teaching experience, ideally in statistics or statistical software
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
  • Strong background in coding (SPSS/Stata/R/SAS), including facility with SPSS
  • Familiarity with access and retrieval of survey and census databases

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of successful research, ideally publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Success or demonstrated interest in obtaining research funding from external agencies


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

A complete application includes a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of effective teaching, and contact information for three professional references.  Letters of application should specifically address the candidate's ability and commitment to cultivating equitable and inclusive learning environments for students with diverse social identities and backgrounds.

Closing Date Notes

Application review begins June 16, 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).

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