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Sociology Instructor

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Humanities & Social Science

Position Title Sociology Instructor
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 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 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department

The Sociology Department is comprised of thirteen full-time faculty engaged in a wide range of research activities who often involve undergraduate students in their research.  The Department offers four different undergraduate degrees in sociology.  The Center for Social Science Instruction is housed within the Department and provides assistance to faculty and students with computing and statistical analysis.  The Department also maintains a significant international focus, and has sponsored a number of faculty-led study abroad programs.  The Sociology Department and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences support Western's mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities.  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.  For more information about the Department, please see 

The Sociology Department maintains a vacancy pool of qualified persons interested in temporary part-time teaching positions.  In anticipation of possible openings throughout the academic year, applications are accepted continuously.  Positions may become available at any time and are frequently filled on a quarterly basis.

About the Position

The Department, the College and the University value teaching and you are expected to be an exemplary teacher; to be current in your discipline; to engage students actively in their own learning, including discussion, writing, and analysis; and to maintain high standards regarding course content.  You are also expected to provide students with feedback on their course work and examinations, and to be available to students through regularly-scheduled office hours in keeping with department policy.  You will be expected to have your students evaluate your courses using the standard University evaluation forms to make those evaluations available to the department chair for annual review.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching undergraduate courses within the department's existing curriculum
  • Teaching courses corresponding with the applicant's area of expertise, in consultation with the Department Chair
  • Fulfilling teaching responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students
Required Qualifications
  • ABD in Sociology or a closely related social science field by time of appointment
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
  • Demonstrated potential for excellent teaching in sociology
Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Sociology or a closely related social science field by time of appointment
  • Successful prior teaching experience
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Salary Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Bargaining Unit United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions

A cover letter; curriculum vitae; evidence of successful teaching or qualifications, including teaching evaluations; syllabi, and/or a statement of teaching philosophy are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.  Please upload your materials as noted in Western PageUp.

You will be asked to provide the names and contact information of at least three references.

Closing Date Notes Open continuously 

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);

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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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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