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Assistant Professor of Computer Science / Science Education

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Science & Engineering

Position Title Assistant Professor of Computer Science / Science Education
About the University

Western Washington University is comprised of about 15,000 students and is recognized as the top public masters-granting university in the Pacific Northwest by US News & World Report.  The Chronicle of Higher Education names Western as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, winning honors in two categories: teaching environment, and tenure clarity and process.  Western is also one of the top masters-granting institutions in terms of the number of its undergraduates who go on to earn PhD's.

Western Washington University is located in scenic Bellingham, Washington, a town of about 90,000 residents nestled between the mountains of the North Cascades and the waters of Puget Sound.  Recreational opportunities abound nearby, including: biking, skiing, hiking, sailing, kayaking, and mountaineering.  Bellingham is roughly 60 miles sound of Vancouver, British Columbia, and 90 miles north of Seattle, Washington, each with a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere and home to many leading technology companies.

About the Department

The Computer Science Department at WWU has grown significantly over the past six years in response to increased student interest and tremendous state need.  We are looking for faculty excited by the prospect of shaping our department's future and contributing to its sustained excellence.  Currently the department offers an ABET-accredited B.S. degree in Computer Science, an M.S. degree in Computer Science, and a B.S. degree in Cybersecurity that is a 2+2 program with local community colleges.  The department has a strong commitment to inclusion as evidenced by faculty involvement in workshops on inclusive pedagogy and research on student success, NSF grants focusing on support for low-income students, and continued participation in the National Center for Women & Information Technology's (NCWIT) Pacesetters program, among other things.

SMATE currently includes 10 faculty members with joint appointments in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geology, and the Woodring College of Education.  These faculty work collaboratively in teaching and research.  SMATE offers interdisciplinary B.A. and Masters in Teaching 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.

Both programs 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.  Additional information about both programs can be found at and at

About the Position The ideal candidate will help to expand SMATE's reach by incorporating computer science into Western's science and mathematics teacher preparation programs.  The teaching load will be distributed between courses offered in computer science and courses offered in SMATE.  An active research program in computer science education is expected.  It is also anticipated that the successful candidate will support collaborations within and between the SMATE program and the Computer Science Department.  This faculty member will also be expected to participate in service activities, including departmental committees and student advising.  Participation in planning or facilitation of summer professional development programs for K-12 teachers, specifically focusing on the Washington's new K-12 computer science endorsement, with the possibility of summer salary, is strongly encouraged.
Required Qualifications
  • Doctorate degree by hire date in Computer Science, Computer Science Education or a related field OR a doctorate in Science Education with graduate level course work in Computer Science or related field
  • Ability to teach CS at the undergraduate level
  • Ability to develop a quality research program in undergraduate or K-12 computer science education
  • Commitment to engage in curricular development at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Commitment and ability to support the success of underrepresented students in Computer Science and SMATE
  • Commitment to secure external funding for research
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • Teaching experience at the undergraduate or K-12 level
  • K-12 teacher preparation experience
  • Interest in working with K-12 teachers and classrooms
Salary Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Bargaining Unit United Faculty of Western Washington (UFWW)
Application Instructions

Candidates should upload:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Statement on teaching, including experience and future plans, and
  4. Statement on research, including how you could involve master's students and advanced undergraduates in your research
  5. Names and contact information for three professional references (references will be contacted to upload their confidential recommendation letters directly into our system)

In your cover letter and/or statements you should explain how your experiences (academic or non-academic) have prepared you to effectively teach and collaborate with an increasingly diverse population of students and faculty.

Inquiries may be directed to the search committee chair, Perry Fizzano, at or 360-650-3807.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins November 1, 2018; positions 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).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act").  It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.  The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters.  You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the office of the Vice President for enrollment and Student Services.  The report can be found at

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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