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Institute Director and Tenured Faculty Position Watershed Studies and Limnology

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Huxley College

Position Title

Institute Director and Tenured Faculty Position

Watershed Studies and Limnology

About the University

Western Washington University is ranked as the top public comprehensive university in the Pacific Northwest. With about 16,000 students, WWU is located in beautiful Bellingham, close to both the Cascade Mountains and northwest marine waters; it is about midway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. 

About the College/Department

Western’s Huxley College of the Environment is the oldest interdisciplinary environmental studies college in the U.S. It is known nationally and internationally for its excellence in educating the next generation of environmental leaders. Huxley’s academic programs reflect a broad view of the physical, biological, social and cultural world. Huxley College supports 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 and inclusive achievement. 

The department offers degrees in Environmental Science at the undergraduate and master's level. The department values putting learners in active roles in real world contexts and recognizes the diverse kinds of professional expertise its faculty bring. The department maintains active relationships with community, agency, NGO, and private sector partners.

Huxley College and the Department of Environmental Sciences is particularly committed to diversity and inclusive excellence in our faculty, students, and staff. 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.  We seek candidates who share and can contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence through active engagement in the department, university, and wider community.

The Institute for Watershed Studies exists to support research on freshwater lakes, streams and wetlands. Affiliated with Huxley College, the Institute provides support to all Western faculty and students with an interest in watershed problems. The Institute is a state-certified analytical facility.  It provides training and supervision for student lab and field experiences; assists with program development; sponsors educational seminars and guest lectures; collaborates with local governmental and non-governmental organizations; and brings state-of-the-art equipment and knowledge to bear on a number of significant local and regional water quality issues. The Institute embraces an integrated approach to watershed studies, and to this end, it brings together students and faculty from traditional science backgrounds with those from a variety of other disciplines, such as policy, education, and journalism.  To foster dissemination of information to entities outside the University, the Institute maintains an online database of water quality data from over 50 lakes throughout Northwest Washington and a high-quality image database of algae images for scientific study. For more information: http://www.wwu.edu/iws/

About the Position

The Department of Environmental Sciences within Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University invites applications from candidates for the Director of the Institute for Watershed Studies. This is a full-time, tenured faculty position at the associate or full professor rank, beginning in September 2019. We seek an individual with interests in watershed studies and limnology, particularly the ecological dynamics of lakes in human-affected landscapes and the management of adverse impacts to water quality. The responsibilities of the position are divided between a 12-month, 50% academic administrative position as an institute director and a 9-month, 50% academic position as a departmental faculty member.

The position requires a strong commitment to accomplish the mission of the Institute and to meet the responsibilities to the department in a strongly teaching-oriented environment. The successful candidate will direct long-standing research and monitoring collaborations and develop new ones. The principle collaboration has been with the City of Bellingham on Lake Whatcom. The lake serves as the drinking water supply for the city and this monitoring project is the most significant commitment of the Institute's activities by engaging staff, students, and scientists in and beyond the University. As a faculty member, teaching responsibilities will be equivalent to one-half of a typical full teaching load in the department and may include upper division and graduate level classes in areas such as such as freshwater ecology, water quality, environmental sampling and analysis, statistical analysis, and research and writing. Faculty members also advise master's students and serve on graduate student committees.

We seek candidates who are committed to a multidisciplinary approach to scholarship and teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all undergraduate and graduate students. Criteria for promotion are described in the Department of Environmental Sciences and the Huxley College Unit Evaluation Plans (https://huxley.wwu.edu/faculty-staff-resources). This position is represented by the United Faculty of Western Washington through a Collective Bargaining Agreement (https://www.ufww.org/).

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to: 1) develop, sustain, and direct an externally funded research and monitoring program; 2) manage a professional staff to accomplish watershed research, monitoring, and management goals; 3) partner and communicate effectively with university colleagues, agency professionals, elected officials, consulting firms, and the public; 4) mentor undergraduate and graduate students through engagement in both laboratory and fieldwork. Responsibilities of this position as a faculty member in the department include teaching, research, and service within and outside the University.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in limnology or a related field
  • Experience and accomplishments commensurate with the rank of Associate or Full Professor according to the Department’s Unit Evaluation Plan (https://huxley.wwu.edu/files/ESCI_UEP.pdf)
  • Demonstrated laboratory facility and staff management experience
  • Familiarity with laboratory practices to maintain quality assurance and control
  • Demonstrated scholarship in lake ecosystems and application of multivariate statistics
  • Demonstrated dedication to effective teaching and high impact learning practices (https://www.aacu.org/leap/hips)
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, sustain, and direct an externally funded research and monitoring program
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students and staff with diverse social identities and backgrounds (http://www.wwu.edu/eoo/diversity-initiative.shtml

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with sampling protocols and laboratory testing for agency certification of methods
  • Scholarship that informs environmental management and policy decisions
  • Evidence of ability to teach subjects described in the Position Responsibilities section
  • Research collaborations with entities outside of a university environment
  • Experience in community fundraising to support programs and activities
  • Demonstrated commitment to community engagement with regard to environmental issues   
  • Interests and experience aligned with the Environmental Sciences Department’s goals (https://huxley.wwu.edu/huxley-college/department-environmental-sciences

Salary

 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Materials to submit: A complete application includes:

  1. a cover letter addressing applicant’s experience with respect to all the required and preferred qualifications
  2. a curriculum vitae
  3. a statement of research plans and vision for the Institute (maximum length three pages, not including references)
  4. a statement of teaching philosophy, experience and interests (maximum length two pages)
  5. a statement that addresses past experiences with and plans for initiating contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion (maximum length one page)
  6. names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of four professional references and two staff references under the applicant’s management

     

These six items should be uploaded to the appropriate sections found in PageUp.  

Closing Date Notes

Review of applications will start December 15, 2018 and will continue 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); eoo@wwu.edu

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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