Assistant Professor, Environmental Chemistry and Global Change

Bellingham, Washington State
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Dec 29, 2017
Jan 28, 2018
Environmental Sciences Department
Field of specialization
Job Type
Full time

Assistant Professor, Environmental Chemistry and Global Change About the Position: The Department of Environmental Sciences within Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University invites applications from candidates for a full-time, tenure-track position focusing on applied environmental chemistry and global change.  The position is at the Assistant Professor rank and begins in September 2018.  We seek an individual with teaching and research interests in understanding the behavior of chemicals in the environment, assessing chemical impacts, and/or reducing, preventing, and managing pollutants.  We are interested in expertise that can incorporate considerations of global change as it relates to climate or air, water, or soil quality.  The successful candidate will demonstrate how their research informs environmental policy or management strategies.  The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate dedication to effective teaching and high-impact learning practices.  They must also be able to demonstrate an ability to develop and sustain a research program and to mentor students and engage them in both laboratory and fieldwork. About the College/Department: Western Washington University is ranked as the top public comprehensive university in the Pacific Northwest.  With about 15,000 students, WWU is located in beautiful Bellingham, close to both the Cascade Mountains and northwest marine waters; it is about midway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia.  Its mission is to serve the State of Washington and beyond by brining 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.

Western's Huxley College of the Environment is the oldest interdisciplinary environmental studies college in the U.S.  It is known nationally and internationally for its excellence in educating the next generation of environmental leaders.  Huxley's academic programs reflect a broad view of the physical, biological, social and cultural world.  The department offers degrees in Environmental Science at the undergraduate and master's level.  The department values putting learners in active roles in real world contexts, and recognizes the diverse kinds of professional expertise its faculty bring.  The department maintains active relationships with community, agency, NGO, and private sector partners.

Huxley College and the Department of Environmental Sciences support 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.

The Department of Environmental Sciences is particularly committed to diversity and excellence in our faculty, students, and staff, and we especially encourage candidates who share and can contribute to this commitment through active engagement in the department, university, and wider community. Position Responsibilities: The position requires a strong commitment to teaching.  Teaching responsibilities may include classes in global change science, air quality, water quality, chemical fate and transport, fundamentals of environmental sampling and analysis, statistical analysis, climate change and in the candidate's are of expertise.  The successful candidate will maintain a research program involving students and will collaborate with researchers in and beyond the department.  The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students.

We seek candidates who are committed to a multidisciplinary approach to scholarship and teaching.  Criteria for promotion and tenure are described in the Department of Environmental Sciences and the Huxley College Unit Evaluation Plans, which are available online. Required Qualifications:

  • PhD (by time of application) in environmental chemistry or related field
  • Demonstrated dedication to effective teaching and high-impact learning practices
  • Evidence of the ability to develop and sustain a research program
  • Demonstrated scholarship in environmental chemistry that can incorporate considerations of global change
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
  • Excellent communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated teaching and scholarship that can inform environmental management or policy decisions
  • Demonstrated ability to teach subjects described in the Position Responsibilities section
  • Post-doctoral fellowship or additional professional experience
  • Teaching and scholarship interests, and experience aligned with the Environmental Science Department's goals

A complete application should include: (1) a cover letter addressing all of the required and preferred qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of research plans (max. length of two pages, not including references), (4) a statement of teaching philosophy, experience and interests (max. length two pages), (5) a separate statement that addresses past experiences with, and/or plans for, initiating contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, (max. length one page), (6) names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of four professional references

All application materials must be uploaded through the Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE) at Internet Explorer is recommended

Applicants can contact direct questions to the Search Committee Chair, Ruth Sofield at

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Job Posted: 12/21/2017

Closing Date: Application review begins January 28, 2018; position is open until filled.

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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.

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