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Assistant Professor in Community Health Education

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

Position Title

Assistant Professor in Community Health 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.

The University has a strong tradition of faculty involvement in governance and in participation in professional and community organizations.  To learn more about Western Washington University, visit 

About the Department

The Department of Health and Human Development, within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, has a full-time faculty of 16, and offers five degree programs including a B.S. in Community Health, B.A.E. in Physical Education and Health, B.S. in Kinesiology, B.A. in Recreation, and a M.S. degree in Human Movement and Development.  The HHD Department and Community Health Program 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.  As a public institution in a state where students of color make up a growing proportion of high school graduates, Western is strongly committed to effectively serving our increasingly diverse student body.  We are proud that a growing number of students of color and other diverse students are making Western their school of choice, and we welcome applications from diverse candidates interested in this faculty position.

The Community Health Program is a nationally approved program, receiving this status in 2011 from the Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the American Association of Health Education (AAHE) [SABPAC].  With SABPAC's phase out, the Community Health program is currently seeking Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation.  The major is a competency-based curriculum with a combination of content courses and theory/process/experiential courses which are based on the skills needed to meet the requirements of entry-level health educators.  It prepares graduates to become Certified Health Education Specialists through NCHEC, Inc.  To learn more about the Community Health program, visit 

About the Position

The responsibilities of this position are: Teach undergraduate courses including, but not limited to: Society and Sex, Nutrition, Introduction to Public Health, Program Planning and Implementation in health Education, Organization and Administration for Health Education Program (includes grant writing), and Health Education Grades K-8.  Advise community health students.  Conduct research and disseminate findings through professional channels.  Provide leadership and service to the program, department, university, community, and profession.

Required Qualifications

(In alphabetical order)

  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse student body and faculty
  • An earned Doctorate in Health Education, Community Health, Public Health, or closely related field
  • Demonstrated potential to effectively teach a wide range of courses
  • Evidence of scholarly contribution to the field or potential for scholarly contribution
  • Evidence of service to community/profession 

Preferred Qualifications

(In alphabetical order)

  • CHES or MCHES certification
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within the classroom, department, and/or community
  • Demonstrated commitment to campus-community partnerships
  • Demonstrated ability and experience providing internship supervision
  • Demonstrated experience advising students in a curricular plan of study
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with schools and community health agencies
  • Potential to provide overall program leadership
  • Successful experience teaching a wide variety of courses


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Please submit:

  • A letter of application clearly addressing all required and any preferred qualifications;
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Graduate school transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation (Requests for letters of recommendation will be sent out through our online application system)

Semi-finalists may be asked to provide additional materials, including sample teaching evaluations.

Additional Questions:

Address inquiries about the application process to:

Sue Hutchings, Department Manager
HHD Department, Western Washington University
Tel: 360.650.7227

Address inquiries about the position to:

Dr. Ying Li
Search Committee Chair and Associate Professor
HHD Department, Western Washington University
Tel: 360.650.3513

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); 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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