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Assistant Professor Fisheries Oceanographer

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Huxley College

Position Title Tenure-Track Faculty Position - Fisheries Oceanographer Assistant Professor 
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 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 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department

We invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track position focused on fisheries oceanography. This position is at the rank of assistant professor and begins September 16, 2019. The appointment will be to a new program in Marine and Coastal Science (MACS) and housed in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Huxley College, at Western Washington University.  Western’s Huxley College of the Environment is the oldest interdisciplinary environmental studies college in the U.S. and 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. 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 and is committed to diversity and excellence in our faculty, students, and staff.  We especially encourage candidates who share and can contribute to this commitment through active engagement in the department, university, and wider community.

The MACS program brings together faculty, staff, and students from three academic departments and affiliated programs housed in two colleges, in addition to a WWU-operated marine laboratory, the Shannon Point Marine Center.  Detailed information for the Department of Environmental Sciences (, the Marine and Coastal Sciences program ( and the Shannon Point Marine Center ( is available online.

We seek applicants whose research and teaching focus on marine fisheries and associated ecological, environmental, and oceanographic processes. Approaches could include field surveys and sampling, remote sensing, physical models, and applied oceanographic analysis with an emphasis on conditions under which wild and cultivated populations of coastal and estuarine fish thrive; responses to natural and human caused change, including climate change; remediation, restoration, and sustainability; and application of fishery science to management decisions. As one of the initial faculty hires into the MACS program, the successful applicant will also be expected to support collaborations within and between the MACS program and the Department of Environmental Sciences.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to help develop new curricular and research programs with participating faculty affiliated with the Shannon Point Marine Center, and the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Environmental Sciences at Western Washington University.

The MACS program, Huxley College of the Environment, and the College of Science and Engineering 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 and inclusive achievement. 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

Position Responsibilities: The preferred candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a teaching and research program that complements existing strengths in the Department of Environmental Sciences and existing strengths in marine biology, marine ecology, geophysics, geochemistry, and energy studies in the other MACS-affiliated departments and institutes. We seek candidates who are committed to a multidisciplinary approach to scholarship and teaching and who can contribute to introductory courses in marine science and to specialty courses in fisheries and physical oceanography. Ability to teach biostatistics, marine remote sensing, GIS, or introductory quantitative modeling is also desirable. Teaching assignments for this position will be distributed evenly between courses offered in Environmental Sciences and courses offered in MACS.  This faculty member will also be expected to participate in service to the department, the program, and the college as well as student advising.

Required Qualifications
  • PhD by the end of spring quarter/semester 2019 in fisheries science, oceanography, or a closely related field
  • Demonstrated commitment to effective teaching
  • Demonstrated record of, or commitment to, cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
  • Commitment to establishing a research program in fisheries oceanography that involves undergraduate students and advising graduate students
  • Ability to establish an externally-supported research program
  • Excellent communication skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated teaching and scholarship that can inform environmental management or policy decisions
  • Demonstrated ability to teach subjects described in the Position Responsibilities section
  • Post-doctoral fellowship or additional professional experience
  • Teaching and scholarship interests, and experience aligned with the goals of the Department of Environmental Sciences and the MACS program. 


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

A complete application should include:  (1) a cover letter addressing all of the required and preferred qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of  research plans (1-2 pages, not including references), (4) a statement of teaching philosophy, experience, and interests (1-2 pages), (5) a separate statement that addresses your demonstrated record of, or commitment to, cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds (1-2 pages), (6) names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of four professional references.

Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. John Rybczyk, at or (360) 650-2081.

Closing Date Notes Review of applications will begin Feb 28, 2019. Position 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);

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