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Assistant Professor of Sociology, Sociology of Organizations

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

Position Title

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Sociology of Organizations

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 Sociology Department is comprised of thirteen full-time faculty engaged in a wide range of research activities who often involve undergraduate students in their research.  The Center for Social Science Instruction is housed within the Department and provides assistance to faculty and students with computing and statistical analysis.  The Department also maintains a significant international focus, and has sponsored a number of faculty-led study abroad programs.  The Sociology Department supports 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, and encourages applications from diverse candidates.  For more information about the Department, please see 

About the Position

We seek candidates who can also contribute to teaching our course courses in theory and research methods.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching undergraduate courses within the department's existing curriculum 
  • Developing new courses in the candidate's area of expertise within the field of organizations (for example, work and occupations, non-profit sector, education, or others)
  • Ability and willingness to teach the department's core courses in theory and research methods
  • Fulfilling teaching responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students
  • Active engagement in scholarship, including scholarly publications
  • Active participation in service activities within the Department, University, and discipline

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Sociology or a closely related social science field with specialization in organizations by September 16, 2019
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
  • Demonstrated potential for excellent teaching in organizations and ability to teach core departmental course in theory and methods
  • Demonstrated potential to maintain an active program of research/scholarship and publication

Preferred Qualifications

  • Successful prior teaching experience
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Interest in collaborative research with undergraduates


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Please submit:

  • Letter of application which addresses each of the required and preferred qualifications
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • A statement of teaching philosophy, including your ability and commitment to cultivating equitable and inclusive learning environments
  • A teaching portfolio containing sample syllabi, related teaching materials, and teaching evaluations (if available)
  • Sample publications

Additionally, the PageUp system will send out requests for confidential letters of reference to your three referees.  

Inquiries can be directed to the search committee chair:

Dr. Jen Lois
Search Committee Chair
Department of Sociology
516 High Street, MS 9081
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA  98225-9081
Phone: 360-650-3007

Closing Date Notes

Application review begins October 15, 2018; applications will be accepted until the position is 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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