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Assistant Professor of Canadian History

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

Position Title Assistant Professor of Canadian History
About the University

Western Washington University, with about 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The Department of History is in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, on the stolen lands of the Lummi Nation and the Nooksack Tribe. This coastal community of 91,000 overlooks Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands, and the Cascade 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 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Learn about Western’s commitments and ongoing work in the areas of Accessibility, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

About the Department

The Department of History at Western Washington University consists of twenty-two tenured or tenure-track faculty whose courses serve a very active history major and make significant contributions to the university’s general education curriculum. Faculty in the department provide high-quality courses that prepare majors and non-majors with skills in research, analysis, and writing. The department offers majors in History, History/Social Studies, Elementary Education, and a combined degree with Latin American Studies. The department likewise houses a small but strong M.A. program in history as well as a number of undergraduate minors. The department encourages its faculty to participate in interdisciplinary programs such as Salish Sea Institute, Border Policy Institute, Women Gender and Sexuality Studies, East Asian Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies, and the Honors program. The department supports 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. To learn more about the History Department, visit the website.

Established in 1971, the Center for Canadian Studies is one of the most well-established Canadian Studies programs in the United States. The Center serves as a US Department of Education National Resource Center on Canada, in consortium with the Canadian Studies Center at the University of Washington and, since 1988, has been awarded Title VI support in recognition of its leading role as a center of excellence on Canada. The Center offers two academic programs of study: Bachelor of Arts in Canadian-American Studies and Minor in Canadian-American Studies, specializing in teaching about the Salish Sea transboundary region, Canadian-American relations, and Francophone Canada. The curriculum for these degrees is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on courses and faculty from many of its campus Colleges. To learn more about Canadian-American Studies, visit the website.

About the Position

The History Department at Western Washington University seeks a tenure-track assistant professor specializing in Canadian history with a joint appointment in Canadian-American Studies. The successful candidate will teach six courses over three quarters (two courses per quarter), including Canadian history survey courses that meet the General University Requirements, and upper division courses, including History of Canadian American Relations and other courses on Canada in the area of the candidate’s specialty. The candidate will also contribute quality teaching, research, and service to the Center for Canadian-American Studies. The department emphasizes effective teaching, high-quality scholarship and a commitment to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues, including a commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds.

Required Qualifications
  • PhD at time of application or ABD at time of application in History or related field with a specialization in Canadian history (if ABD, degree must be completed by June 15, 2023);
  • The ability to teach Canadian history surveys and History of Canadian American Relations;
  • Demonstrated potential for effective teaching and high-quality scholarship;
  • Demonstrated commitment to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues, including a commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds.

All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications
  • A specialization in one of the following fields: Indigenous history, immigration history, or Francophone Canada.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience; benefits eligible.

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Please log in below and submit your application via WWU's Electronic System for Employment (PageUp). 

(1) letter of application that includes a statement that addresses how your experiences (professional and non-professional) have prepared you to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues, including a commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds; (2) graduate transcript (official or unofficial); (3) C.V.; (4) an article or chapter length writing sample; (5) syllabi for an introductory level survey of Canadian history and an upper-level Canadian history course; and (6) names and contact information for three references. The Western PageUp application system will automatically send out the requests for confidential letters to your references.

For general questions contact the Department Administrator Rebecca Hutchins at 360.650.2662 or email

Closing Date Notes Application review begins November 25, 2021; position is open until filled. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Zoom in December and final interviews will take place in late January and February.  

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 Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, 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).

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.

All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60 days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.

All new employees must provide 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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