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Assistant Professor: Mathematics Education

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Business of Economics

Position Title

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

About the University

Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students and about 650 faculty 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. Bellingham, a city of approximately 80,000, is a physically and culturally active, environmentally friendly family community with access to good schools. Its proximity to Seattle (90 miles), Vancouver (55 miles), the ocean and mountains, provides access to many recreational opportunities as well as metropolitan facilities and major research institutions. 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 Mathematics has about 25 tenure(-track) faculty and 25 contract faculty whose research interests extend over a wide range of areas in applied, computational and pure mathematics, statistics and mathematics education. Besides our primary focus on undergraduate instruction, we offer a Master’s program in mathematics with about 20 students. Excellence in both teaching and scholarship are hallmarks of the department. The Department of Mathematics values diversity and strongly encourages applications from a broad range of candidates and underrepresented groups.

The College of Science and Engineering and the Department of Mathematics 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 successful candidate is expected to be an excellent teacher committed to undergraduate instruction and curriculum development in Elementary Mathematics Education, both content and methods. Teaching assignments may include some core mathematics courses, depending on the candidate’s interests. The current standard teaching load is two courses (about 9 classroom hours per week) per quarter. Scholarly and programmatic collaboration with colleagues, development of a strong refereed publication record, leadership in math education and curriculum development, departmental service, and the establishment of grant-funded projects are expected.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or equivalent advanced degree in mathematics education or a related field by June 2020
  • Evidence of active scholarship, including involvement with scholarly activity in mathematics education
  • Substantial teaching experience in mathematics at the elementary level
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse colleague and student population

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with professional development activities and outreach in K-12 education
  • Evidence of effective teaching in mathematics education at the college level
  • Experience working with pre-service or in-service teachers
  • Active involvement with current developments in mathematics education


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Candidates must submit a cover letter, vita, transcripts, a description of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, including a short statement on how the applicant’s experiences (academic or non-academic) have prepared them to effectively teach an increasingly diverse student body, and a statement of scholarly interests. Upload your materials as required by the Page Up application system. Three confidential letters of recommendation addressing both teaching and research are required and requests will be automatically sent to your references from our PageUp system.

Closing Date Notes

Review of applications begins November 15, 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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