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Assistant Professor of Computer Science

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

Position Title Assistant Professor of Computer Science
About the University

Western Washington University (WWU) is comprised of about 15,000 students and 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 is also one of the top masters-granting institutions in terms of the number of its undergraduates who go on to earn PhD's. 

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 and research labs.

About the Department

The Computer Science Department at WWU has grown significantly over the past seven years in response to increased student interest and tremendous state need.  We are looking for faculty excited by the prospect of shaping our department's future, contributing to its sustained excellence, and fostering collaborations internally and externally.

Currently the department offers an ABET-accredited B.S. degree in Computer Science, an M.S. degree in Computer Science, and a B.S. degree in Cybersecurity that is a 2+2 program with local community colleges.

The department has a strong commitment to diversity as evidenced by faculty involvement in workshops on inclusive pedagogy and educational research on student success, NSF grants focusing on support for low-income students, and continued participation in the National Center for Women & Information Technology's (NCWIT) Pacesetters program, among other things.

Visit our department web page at for more information

About the Position

The Computer Science Department at WWU invites applications for two tenure-track positions beginning September 2020 at the rank of Assistant Professor.  All areas of research specialization will be considered but we will give preference to those with research and teaching interests in areas such as: Embedded Systems, Computer Engineering, or High-Performance Computing.  Regardless of specialty, we expect that new faculty will teach core courses in the area of computer systems and will contribute to our efforts related to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Required Qualifications
  • Doctorate degree at time of application or ABD at time of application in Computer Science or a closely related field. If ABD, all degree requirements must be completed by June 15th of the first year of employment.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach existing courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Ability to develop a quality research program that involves students
  • Commitment to engage in curricular development at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Commitment and ability to support the success of underrepresented students in the department
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • Scholarly interest in Embedded Systems, Computer Engineering, or High-Performance Computing
  • Commitment to secure external funding
  • Interest in mentoring senior projects as part of your teaching load


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington (UFWW)

Application Instructions

Candidates should upload:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Statement on teaching including relevant experience and future plans
  4. Statement on research including future plans and the involvement of master's students and advanced undergraduates in your research program
  5. Names and contact information for three professional references (references will be contacted to upload their confidential recommendation letters directly into our system)

In your cover letter and/or statements, you should explain how your experiences (academic or non-academic) have prepared you to effectively teach and collaborate with an increasingly diverse population of students and faculty.

Inquiries may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Phil Nelson (

Closing Date Notes Application review begins November 1, 2019; positions are 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);

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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