Jobs at Western

Job Openings

Assistant Professor of South Asian History

Apply now Work type: TT Faculty
Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Humanities & Social Science

Position Title Assistant Professor of South Asian History
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 Department of History at Western Washington University consists of twenty tenured or tenure-track faculty whose courses serve a very active history major and make significant contributions to the university's general education curriculum.  History courses cover nearly every historical era and much of the globe.  The department faculty participates in interdisciplinary programs such as East Asian Studies, Women Gender and Sexuality Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Canadian-American Studies, the Salish Sea Institute, and the Honors program.  Faculty in the department provide high quality courses that prepare majors and non-majors with skills in research, analysis, and writing and prepares people to live in a diverse society.  The department likewise houses a small but strong M.A. program in history and a nationally recognized M.A. program in Archives and Records Management.

The Department of History and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence, a strong commitment to the liberal arts, and inclusive achievement.  We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experience interested in this opportunity.

About the Position The successful candidate will teach six courses over three quarters (two courses per quarter), including South Asian history survey courses that meet the General University Requirements, and upper division courses on South Asia in the area of the candidate's specialty.  The position requires a strong commitment to teaching and high quality scholarship.  The successful candidate will provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students.
Required Qualifications
  • PhD in History or related field by September 15, 2019, with the ability to teach courses in South Asia
  • Demonstrated potential to work effectively with a diverse campus community, including potential and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
  • Demonstrated potential for effective teaching and high-quality scholarship
Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience; benefits eligible
Bargaining Unit United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions

Please log in and submit your application via our online application system, PageUp.

Required application materials: (1) letter of application addressing the required qualifications; (2) graduate transcript (official or unofficial); (3) CV; (4) a separate statement that addresses your demonstrated potential to work effectively with a diverse campus community, as well as your commitment to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students (max. length one page); (5) an article or chapter length writing sample; (6) syllabi for an introductory level survey of South Asian history and an upper-level South Asian history course; and (7) names and contact information for three professional references.  The Western PageUp application system will automatically send out the requests for confidential letters to your references.

For general questions, contact the Department Administrator, Jennie Huber at (360) 650-3457 or email  

Closing Date Notes Application review begins November 11, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.  Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Skype.

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.

Job no: 496154
Advertised: Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close:

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend

Share this:

| More