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Assistant Professor of Sociology, Social Demography

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

Position Title

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Social Demography

About the University

Western Washington University is located in Bellingham, Washington (approximate population 80,000) located 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and 90 miles north of Seattle.  The area is rich with natural beauty and cultural activities.  Latino/as are one of the fastest growing populations in Washington State.  Approximately 15,000 students attend the University; about 94% of these students are undergraduates; students of color represent 25% of the campus population.  For more information about WWU, please see 

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 for 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.  The Department does not offer a master's degree.  For more information about the Department, please see

About the Position

  • Teach undergraduate courses within the department's existing curriculum
  • Develop new courses in the candidate's area of expertise within the field of social demography, broadly defined
  • Ability and willingness to teach Department's core courses in statistics and research methods
  • Participation in curricular planning of the Department's Bachelors of Science in Sociology degree
  • Fulfill 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 filed with specialization in social demography or quantitative social science by September 15, 2019
  • Demonstrated potential for excellent teaching in social demography and ability to teach core departmental courses in statistics and methods
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
  • 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
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Extramural funding experience


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Please submit: (a) a letter of application which address each of the preferred and required qualifications, (b) your curriculum vita, (c) a statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi and related teaching materials, teaching evaluations (if available), and sample publications, electronically via the PageUp system, (d) a statement discussing your ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds.  Additionally,  three letters of reference addressing your teaching and scholarship competencies will be requested of your referees via the PageUp system.

Inquires may be directed to the search committee chair:

Dr. Liz Mogford
Phone: 360-650-2540

Closing Date Notes

Application review begins September 30, 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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