The WWU College of Science and Engineering houses the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering and Design, Geology, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy, as well as Science, Math, & Technology Education (SMATE), the Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center (AMSEC), and the Technology Development Center (TDC).
WWU has a historical emphasis on teacher preparation and prepares more K-12 teachers than any other institution of higher education in Washington. SMATE offers interdisciplinary B.A. degree programs for future elementary and secondary teachers and has an established history of leading and supporting systemic science education reform efforts in Washington State and nationally.
SMATE 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. 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.
SMATE strives to be a national model of effective recruiting and preparation of the highest quality future elementary and secondary mathematics and science teachers. SMATE faculty have a strong track record of receiving external funding to support these efforts (>20 million dollars since inception). These awards often support Western’s institutional goals with respect to diversity and inclusion. For example, a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute supports the program Advancing Excellence and Equity in Science.
Our dedicated faculty from the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, and the Woodring College of Education, Elementary and Secondary Education use the latest resources and research on teaching and learning to develop innovative curriculum, courses and K-16 partnerships. SMATE’s teaching and learning laboratories support innovative teaching, and the Irwin L. Slesnick STEM Education Resource Center houses a library of more than 15,000 books on standards, assessment, curriculum, and activities for current and future teachers as well as a collection of other resources and equipment for supporting instruction.