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Assistant Professor: Applied Probability

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

Position Title Assistant Professor: Applied Probability
About the University Western Washington University has about 650 faculty and 16,000 students. It is located in Bellingham on a hill overlooking Bellingham Bay. Bellingham, a city of approximately 85,000, is a physically and culturally active, environmentally friendly, liberal family community with access to good schools. Its proximity to Seattle (90 miles), Vancouver (55 miles), the ocean, lakes and mountains, provides access to many recreational opportunities as well as to metropolitan facilities and major international companies and research institutions.
About the Department

The Department of Mathematics has about 25 tenured faculty and 25 contract faculty whose research interests extend over a wide range of areas in applied, computational and pure mathematics, statistics and mathematics education. Besides our primary focus on undergraduate instruction, we offer a masters program in mathematics with about 20 students. Excellence in both teaching and scholarship are hallmarks of the department. 

The College of Sciences and Engineering and the Department of Mathematics support Western'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.

About the Position

The Department of Mathematics at Western Washington University invites applications for a tenure-track position to begin Fall 2020 at the Assistant Professor level in areas complementing departmental strengths in pure and applied mathematics. We particularly seek expertise in probability, dynamical systems, ordinary differential equations, or related areas, with a preference for work in these areas motivated by applications to the natural, applied or social sciences.  However, exceptionally strong applicants in other areas complementing departmental strengths will also be considered.

The successful candidate is expected to be an outstanding teacher and productive scholar who actively engages students in mathematical discovery and contributes to their intellectual and professional development in many ways, such as offering opportunities for student involvement in capstone projects and research experiences. A strong refereed publication record is required, and the establishment of grant-funded projects is highly encouraged. Faculty are also expected to be actively involved in curricular development and departmental and college service commitments.  The successful candidate is expected to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students.

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. or equivalent in mathematics at time of application OR ABD in mathematics at time of application. If ABD, all doctoral degree requirements must be completed by June 15th of the first year of employment
  • A record of outstanding undergraduate teaching in mathematics
  • Evidence of sustained productive scholarship in pure and/or applied mathematics
  • Demonstrated support for the success of students with diverse identities and backgrounds
Preferred Qualifications
  • Expertise in applied probability, dynamical systems, ordinary differential equations, or closely related areas
  • Experience involving undergraduates in projects and other extracurricular activities involving mathematics


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Please submit your application via WWU’s Page Up application system. 

We strongly recommend that applicants heed the advice provided in: Linda Chen: Interested in Applying to a Liberal Arts Institution?: Perspectives from Reva Kasman, Julie Rana, and Chad Topaz, Notices of the American Mathematical Society 66(6), 855-859 June/July 2019 (DOI: )

Candidates must submit a vita, a statement of scholarly interests, college transcripts, and a description of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, and must also include a separate statement describing their demonstrated support for the success of students with diverse identities and backgrounds and evidencing their commitment to fulfill their teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students.  Upload your materials as required by the Page Up application system.

Requests for letters of recommendation will be sent out automatically from the PageUp system to your referees when you apply.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins November 15, 2019; position is 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);

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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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