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Assistant Professor of Chemistry/Science Education

Western Washington University - Chemistry Department
Bellingham, Washington
Up to $72,000 for academic year + benefits
Closing date
Sep 15, 2022

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Field of specialization
Work Function
Research-Basic, Teaching-Graduate, Teaching-Undergraduate
Job Type
Full time

Western Washington University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in chemistry/science education beginning September 16, 2023. The Chemistry Department and the College of Science and Engineering 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 faculty position.

WWU is a primarily undergraduate institution (approximately 15,000 students) in Bellingham, WA, which sits at the midpoint between Vancouver, British Columbia (60 miles) and Seattle (80 miles) along the Salish Sea. WWU’s College of Science and Engineering is a leader in advancing STEM inclusion and excellence, having housed several faculty development projects, most recently a $3M NSF grant, BETTER in STEM. WWU is also the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

WWU has a historic emphasis on teacher preparation and prepares a large fraction of the K-12 teachers in Washington State. The program in Science Math and Technology Education (SMATE) is housed in the College of Science and Engineering, includes 12 faculty members with joint appointments in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geology, Computer Science, and the College of Education, and is led by a full-time director. SMATE prepares teachers in science content and methods and has an established history of leading and supporting systemic science education reform efforts in Washington State and nationally. SMATE faculty engage actively in interdisciplinary collaborations in research, teaching, and teacher professional development.

Please see for required and preferred qualifications as well as application instructions. Review of applications begins September 30, 2022; position open until filled. Inquiries may be addressed to Prof. Robert Berger at (360) 650-4327 or For disAbility accommodation, call (360) 650-3774 or email

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