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Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering - PACCAR

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


Position Title Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering - PACCAR
About the University

Western Washington University is a public institution that was founded in 1893 and is comprised of about 16,000 students. It is recognized as the top public masters-granting university in the Pacific Northwest by US News & World Report. The Chronicle of Higher Education names Western as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, winning honors in two categories: teaching environment, and tenure clarity and process.

Western Washington University is located in scenic Bellingham, Washington, a town of about 90,000 residents nestled between the mountains of the North Cascades and the waters of Puget Sound. Recreational opportunities abound nearby, including: biking, skiing, hiking, sailing, kayaking, and mountaineering. Bellingham is roughly 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and 90 miles north of Seattle, Washington, each with a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere and home to many leading technology companies.

About the Department

The Electrical Engineering Program, as one of four programs within the Engineering and Design Department, offers ABET-accredited undergraduate degrees. In response to high student demand and demand for graduates, the program is growing in both faculty and student numbers. Part of this growth is to expand the Electrical Engineering Program with a new Computer Engineering Concentration. In response to this anticipated growth, the state of Washington recently approved funding for the design phase of a new building to house Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and the offices of the Institute for Energy Studies.

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 Science 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. Student clubs such as 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.

About the Position

Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications from candidates for the full-time, tenure-track PACCAR Professor of Electrical Engineering (EE) position with a start date of September 16, 2020. While expecting to hire at the Assistant Professor level, candidates with exceptional qualifications may be considered at the Associate Professor or Professor rank.

We seek an individual with teaching and research interests in any field relevant to electrical and computer engineering. For the PACCAR Professor of Electrical Engineering we prefer individuals with interests in advanced vehicle systems such as automated vehicles, connected vehicles, or powertrain electrification.

The position entails facilitating undergraduate research and development through PACCAR sponsored student projects, developing and teaching lab-based electrical and/or computer engineering courses, advising, research, community engagement, and service to support the program, the Department, and the University. This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity to be part of the growth and development of the program while developing strong connections to PACCAR Inc. This may include the development of new curriculum, research areas, and new laboratory facilities.

The position requires a strong commitment to teaching and scholarship that supports the Department’s Mission. Teaching responsibilities include core courses in electrical and/or computer engineering, service courses for engineering and energy, as well as advanced courses in the candidate’s area of specialization. Scholarship responsibilities include developing and maintaining a relevant program of scholarship that involves undergraduate researchers preferably through partnerships with PACCAR. 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.

Required Qualifications
  • One of the following:
    • A Ph.D. in electrical and/or computer engineering or a closely related discipline at time of application or ABD at time of application. If ABD, all degree requirements must be completed by June 15th of the first year of employment.
    • An earned MS degree in electrical or computer engineering, or a closely related discipline, with significant, recent, and relevant industry-based professional experience.
  • Teaching and research interests and experience that are closely aligned with the mission of the Department.
  • Commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds.
  • Commitment and ability to teach core courses, service courses, and/or advanced courses in areas relevant to electrical and/or computer engineering.
  • Commitment and 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.
  • Recent relevant experience mentoring and coordinating industry sponsored student projects.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience developing programs or scholarship relevant to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds.
  • Successful prior teaching experience.
  • Teaching and research interests in areas such as automated vehicles, connected vehicles, or powertrain electrification.
  • Experience in the development of laboratory facilities for teaching and research.


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

All applications must include the following six items. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Letter of Application
    A statement that addresses how you meet the required and preferred qualifications for the position, your ability and commitment to fulfill the position responsibilities, and your available starting date.

  2. Statement on Equity, Inclusion and Diversity
    A statement of demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching, scholarship and/or service. Please describe past contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts and their impact on students, faculty, staff and/or your field, as well as a description of how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at Western (for context and clarification of our expectations, we encourage you to view the WWU Campus Equity and Inclusion Forum which highlights the leadership, training, and events on equity, inclusion, and diversity on campus)

  3. Teaching Statement
    A statement of your teaching experience, interests, and plans for teaching core and advanced courses, and any experience teaching or coordinating undergraduate student projects, particularly any that were industry-sponsored. Include a summary of teaching evaluations, if applicable.

  4. Research Statement
    A statement of your research experience and interests. Include any research experience that involved undergraduate students and/or collaboration with industry.

  5. Curriculum Vitae

  6. References
    The names and contact information for at least three professional references. Please do not send letters of recommendation; references will only be contacted directly for semi-finalists.
Closing Date Notes

Review of applications will start December 2, 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);

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 at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

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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