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Assistant Professor, Art and Museum Education

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Fine & Performing Arts

Position Title Assistant Professor, Art and Museum Education
About the University

Western Washington University, 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 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades 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 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Western’s physical environment is rich in artistic diversity. The campus features the Western Gallery, two student operated galleries and an internationally acclaimed Sculpture Collection including the works of Fred Wilson, Sarah Sze, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Alice Aycock, Anthony Caro, Mark di Suvero, Lloyd Hamrol, Donald Judd, Robert Maki, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Isamu Noguchi, Tom Otterness, Beverly Pepper, Richard Serra, George Trakas, and Do Ho Suh.

About Bellingham and the Region: The WWU campus is located on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, overlooking the town of Bellingham (pop. 96,014). It is on the northern shores of the Salish Sea, whose 450 islands, fishing, tourism, and recreation are an important part of the regional economy, which is also rich in agriculture and forest products. Bellingham has easy access to the snowcapped peaks of the Cascade Mountains, and innumerable mountain lakes. Bellingham has a low population density of less than 3,468 per square mile.  It is very bike friendly and has many recreational spaces and parks in town and throughout Whatcom County. Bellingham is located between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia and can be easily reached by car, bus, train, or air. 

About the Department

The College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Art & Art History Department 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.

The Art & Art History department currently offers global study abroad courses in France, Japan, Italy (in conjunction with the Venice Biennale), and New York City, with a robust visiting artist program. There are fourteen full-time faculty members: nine Art Studio faculty members, and four Art Historians. The Chronicle of Higher Education names Western as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, citing teaching environment, and tenure clarity and process, as noteworthy.  Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington University (UFWW).

About the Position

The Department of Art and Art History at Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Art and Museum Education, to begin Fall 2022. Salary is commensurate with experience. Candidates must be qualified to teach K-12 standards and methods courses with up-to-date pedagogical approaches and strategies derived from global contemporary art practice and theory. The successful candidate will design courses which introduce art education pedagogy and best practices across institutional platforms, offering critical frameworks and practical knowledge for art education in classrooms, museums, and nontraditional spaces, and for working with communities of different ages, abilities, and backgrounds.  

The Assistant Professor of Art and Museum Education will be prepared to engage with topics such as: philosophies of art education; developmental and experiential learning; audience diversity and inclusivity; public program development; integrating new technologies; and the role of the arts in community engagement. We seek a candidate who is well-versed in contemporary and historic pedagogical issues and practices related to visual culture to enhance the museum studies minor. This faculty will also participate in advising and university, college, and departmental service and faculty governance. The Department of Art and Art History is dedicated to furthering WWU’s identity as an institution that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion and we encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds for this new position. 


  • Develop and teach courses that facilitate creative hands-on integrations of art and museum practice and pedagogy with general education.
  • Update curriculum and prepare students for teacher certification with an Art endorsement in the state of Washington.
  • Design and teach Museum Education courses, sharing coordination and advising for the Museum Studies minor. 
  • Coordinate student advisement for Art Education
  • Maintain an active program for your teaching/scholarship and creative activity/service. 
  • Participate in university, college, and departmental committee work and governance activities.  
Required Qualifications
  • *Terminal degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D) or Master's degree in related field at time of application  
  • Minimum of two academic years teaching experience at the university level in Art Education or Museum Education beyond graduate assistantship. 
  • Art teaching experience in a K-12 classroom setting (or international equivalent), including methods and management of art education programs. 
  • Wide knowledge of art education pedagogy and best practices across institutional and community platforms: classrooms, museums, nontraditional spaces. 
  • Experience integrating recent technologies, digital and time-based media with traditional art processes. 
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivate 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
  • At least two years professional experience either managing K-12 or museum education programs. 
  • Art teacher licensure K-12 (or international equivalent).
  • Experience teaching courses that prepare students for community-engaged artistic practice.
  • Knowledge of current theories and strategies in education and museum practices/policies/standards, ability to translate as appropriate.


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

 All applications must be submitted electronically via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (PAGE UP) at Applications should include (1) a letter of application that highlights and addresses the required and preferred qualifications as listed above, as well as (2) a CV, (3) Statement discussing your demonstrated ability and commitment to work effectively with underrepresented students and to foster and promote an environment of accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion; you may draw upon your personal as well as professional experience in developing this statement.  For more information about Western’s commitment to and work on accessibility, equity, inclusion, and diversity, please see Western President’s page on Advancing Inclusion and Diversity;  (4) syllabi of all courses taught at university level, (5) graduate degree transcript copies, and (6) names and contact information for three references. 

Closing Date Notes

Position closes Saturday, January 15, 2022. 

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);

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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