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Assistant Professor of Plastics and Composites Engineering

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Science & Engineering

Position Title Assistant Professor of Plastics and Composites Engineering
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 92,000 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

As stated in the Department's Mission, the engineering programs in the Engineering & Design Department have a strong commitment to teaching and scholarship that helps develop industry-ready graduates through a combination of creative problem-solving, analytical skills development, and experiential learning.  Most courses have a strong laboratory component to prepare students with the modern tools and processes used in industry.

The Department and the College of Sciences and Engineering are committed to creating equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for their students, faculty, and staff.  A number of faculty-led initiatives and committees focus on diversity and inclusivity in the classroom and beyond.  The college's STEM Inclusion & Outreach Specialist maintains partnerships with faculty and inclusion programs locally and nationally that are devoted to recruitment and advancement of underrepresented students in STEM.  Student clubs, for example the Society of Women Engineers, Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and Out in Science, are also vital to advancing inclusion within the college.  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

While expecting to hire at the Assistant Professor level, candidates with exceptional qualifications may be considered at the Associate Professor or Professor rank.

The position requires a strong commitment to teaching and scholarship that supports the Department's Mission.  Teaching responsibilities will include service courses for engineering, as well as advanced courses in the candidate's area of specialization.  Scholarship responsibilities will include developing and maintaining a relevant program of scholarship that involves undergraduate researchers and partnerships with industry.  It is expected that the person fulfills working, teaching, and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive environments for all students, faculty, and staff.

The PCE program is constantly updating course content and research efforts to reflect significant manufacturing trends, including automation and additive manufacturing, advanced composites and plastics processing, and new materials development and characterization.  Additional responsibilities include assisting with curriculum development and accreditation activities, maintaining currency in plastics and composites manufacturing and engineering practice, student advising and recruitment of undergraduates, developing internship and interdisciplinary opportunities, professional and collegial interactions with colleagues and industry, and student club and professional development activities. 

Required Qualifications
  • One of the following:
    • A PhD in manufacturing, mechanical, chemical, materials science and engineering, polymer engineering, or a closely related discipline at the time of application or ABD at time of application.  If ABD, all degree requirements must be completed by June 15 of the first year of employment.
    • An earned MS degree (received by time of application) in manufacturing, mechanical, chemical, materials science and engineering, polymer engineering, or a closely related discipline, and significant, recent, and relevant industry-based professional experience.
  • Evidence of the ability to teach courses in the Plastics and Composites Engineering program.
  • Teaching and scholarship interests that are closely aligned with the Mission of the Department.
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds.
  • Evidence of the ability to teach foundational, shared, and services courses in the engineering and design department.
  • Evidence of the ability and willingness to maintain currency in plastics and composites engineering practice.
  • Evidence of the ability to maintain a relevant program of scholarly activity.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Recent, relevant experience in industry, industry sponsored grants, commercialization, and/or industry relations.
  • Successful prior teaching experience.
  • Experience in conducting a scholarly program with undergraduate students.


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Applications must include:

  1. Application Letter: A letter of application that addresses how you meet the qualifications for the position, your ability and commitment to fulfill the position responsibilities, and your availability to start as of September 16, 2020,
  2. Diversity Statement: a separate statement of demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in teaching, scholarship and/or service describing past experience, contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts, the impact on students, faculty, staff and/or your field and a description of how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at WWU.  See for more information.
  3. Teaching Statement: a separate statement of your teaching experience and/or interests, and plans for teaching introductory and advanced courses. Include a summary of teaching evaluations, if applicable.
  4. Research Statement: a separate statement of your research experience and interests,
  5. Vita: a full curriculum vitae, and
  6. References: the names and contact information for at least three professional references.  Do not send letters of recommendation; they will be requested only for semi-finalists.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Closing Date Notes Review of applications will start November 1, 2019 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);

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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).

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.

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