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Assistant Professor of Igneous Petrology

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

Position Title Assistant Professor of Igneous Petrology
About the University Western Washington University (WWU), 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 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, surrounded by the rich geological settings of the San Juan Islands, Mt Baker, and the Cascade mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia.
About the Department

The Geology Department and the College of Science and Engineering support WWU’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.

The Geology Department presently has 14 faculty members with teaching and research fields that include igneous and metamorphic processes, tectonics and structural geology, geophysics, surficial processes and geomorphology, hydrogeology and engineering geology, science education, paleontology, stable isotope geochemistry, sedimentology and stratigraphy, and planetary geoscience. Our department includes a large (150 majors) undergraduate program, and a vibrant MS program with 30 graduate students. The goal of the program is to help students develop into confident, thoughtful, ethical scientists ready to address the growing challenges affecting our planet through the study of the geosciences.

About the Position

The Geology Department at WWU invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position with specialty in Igneous Petrology to begin Sept 16, 2020. We seek individuals who are enthusiastic about teaching and who will establish a vigorous research program, and are particularly interested in those who will combine field and analytical, experimental or modeling approaches in their research, and who will involve undergraduate and Masters-level students in their research.

The ideal candidate will enhance our existing strengths in geoscience teaching and research by developing new courses and research avenues in igneous petrology. Broad areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the timescales of magmatic processes, the evolution of the continental crust, mantle, oceanic lithosphere/ocean island/mid-ocean ridge processes, the recycling of elements and volatiles within arc magmas and subduction systems, and links between tectonic and magmatic processes.

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Teach Mineralogy (Geol 306), Petrology (Geol 406), and Earth Materials (Geol 311)
  • Teach advanced courses in faculty specialty
  • Teach or contribute to teaching field-based courses in petrology and field mapping
  • Participate in service activities of the Geology Department 
  • Fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students
  • Establish an active research program that can be sustained at a primarily undergraduate institution
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate (Master’s) students’ research projects
  • Seek extramural research funding
Required Qualifications
  • PhD in geological sciences or a closely related field, completed at the time of application, or ABD at the time of application.  If ABD at the time of application, all degree requirements must be completed by June 15 of the first year of employment.
  • Evidence of the ability to effectively teach Mineralogy, Petrology, and Earth Materials.
  • Demonstrated record of, or commitment to, cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
  • Demonstrated record of, or commitment to, establishing a high-quality research program in geology that includes mentoring and training of undergraduate and graduate student researchers
  • Demonstrated record of, or commitment to, obtaining external research funding
Preferred Qualifications
  • Postdoctoral experience and strong research record in appropriate geoscience fields
  • Teaching experience using student-centered approaches to foster active learning
  • Evidence of the ability to teach upper-division and graduate courses in Geology
  • Evidence of the ability to teach field petrology or field mapping


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Interested candidates must apply online.

For application information and instructions, go to the WWU Employment website

Attach (1) a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications for the position, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, (4) a detailed statement of research plans, (5) a statement detailing how your teaching, service and/or scholarship has prepared you to support the success of students with backgrounds or identities that are underrepresented in STEM fields and (6) names and contact information for three individuals to provide recommendation letters.

Closing Date Notes

Review of applications begins December 15, 2019 and continues until position is filled. The position starting date will be September 16, 2020.

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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