|About the Department
The Biology Department and 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. In support of these goals, we especially encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from historically excluded backgrounds and underrepresented experiences.
The Biology Department is a relatively large department in the College of Science and Engineering. The department has approximately 30 faculty whose expertise spans a broad range of biological disciplines, and nine excellent staff that support courses, registration and advising, and departmental operations. The department teaches courses for the general university requirements, prerequisites for majors, and Biology, Biochemistry, Behavioral Neuroscience, Environmental Science, Kinesiology, and Marine and Coastal Science majors. The department graduates about 120 majors per year. The Master’s program in the department graduates approximately 13 students per year.
The department, college, and university are devoted to creating an inclusive and equitable environment and are engaged in the process of addressing institutional racism and other oppressive biases that limit students, staff, and faculty and perpetuate social injustice. Work that supports creating a more equitable experience for students, faculty, and staff is especially valued and encouraged. Below are a few examples of current resources and ongoing efforts.
- Race & Sex/Gender in the Curriculum Working Group
- Interdisciplinary Community Office Hours
- STEM Inclusion & Outreach Specialist
- Community and Student Ambassador Program
- Advancing Excellence and Equity in Science Program (established by an HHMI Inclusive Excellence Grant)
- Western New Faculty Mentoring Program
- LGBTQ+ Western Program
The department and college are invested in improving student learning through professional development and educational research. Our department works closely with the Science, Math, and Technology Education (SMATE) unit in the college. Through several large grants over the last 10 years, the college has supported professional development to help faculty improve student learning through student-centered teaching practices, and most faculty use student-centered pedagogy in their courses.
Although a primarily undergraduate institution, the department supports robust research programs. The department especially values research that includes and trains undergraduate and graduate students. The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) maintains a core facility that includes an LC-QTOF for proteomics analysis, a MALDI-TOF for imaging mass spectrometry, and a Raman microscope for label free imaging. CSE also maintains an optical microscopy core facility that includes a fully automated and environmentally controlled Leica Stellaris 8 laser scanning confocal microscope, a DeltaVision deconvolution widefield imaging system, and a Leica DMi6000 automated widefield imaging system. The university maintains a Nanocellect WOLF Cell Sorter core facility. Core facilities and shared equipment in both Biology and Chemistry Departments provide access to additional standard and specialized equipment often used in molecular cell biology research (e.g. Western blot imagers, qPCR machines, ultracentrifuge). University animal care and biosafety infrastructure and policies are available online. Further information about research infrastructure is available upon request.
|About the Position
The Biology Department at WWU invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY WITH A BIOMEDICAL FOCUS, beginning FALL 2022. The successful applicant will foster an inclusive and student-centered approach to teaching and research. We seek an individual who is enthusiastic about teaching, advising, and establishing a research program that involves undergraduate and Masters-level students.
The successful applicant will teach in the Biology Department. Potential courses to be taught include introductory biology, and upper division courses and laboratories in molecular cell biology. The successful applicant may also teach graduate-level courses for the program.
- Teach introductory and advanced molecular and/or cell biology courses.
- Contribute to and promote a supportive community that values the contributions of and collaborations among students, staff, and faculty.
- Advise and support undergraduate and graduate (Master’s) students.
- Participate in service activities for the Biology Department.
- Fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for a diversity of 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.
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, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, including how your experiences (academic or non-academic) have prepared you to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students, (4) a detailed statement of research plans (including infrastructure needs), and (5) a statement of how you plan to cultivate and support an inclusive and equitable environment for students, staff, and faculty at WWU, as informed by your past experiences, expertise, and/or efforts in this vein.
As part of the online application process, you will be asked to provide contact information of three references. Three (3) recommendation letters are required, and these will be automatically requested from the references you provide, via the Western PageUp online application system.