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Assistant Professor of Polymer Materials Engineering

Western Washington University / Engineering and Design
Bellingham, Washington State
The successful candidate will have an anticipated salary from $90,000 - $93,000.
Closing date
Oct 28, 2022

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Full time

About the University:

Western Washington University is a public institution that was founded in 1893 and is comprised of about 16,000 students. It is recognized as the top public masters-granting university in the Pacific Northwest by US News & World Report. Over the last two annual surveys of Great Colleges to Work For, the Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized Western for the following categories: faculty experience, shared governance, tenure clarity and teaching environment.

Western Washington University is in scenic Bellingham, Washington, a coastal town of about 100,000 residents nestled between the mountains of the North Cascades and the waters of the Salish Sea.  Recreational opportunities abound nearby, including biking, skiing, hiking, sailing, kayaking, and mountaineering.  The city is roughly 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and 90 miles north of Seattle, Washington, each with a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere and home to many leading technology companies.

Western Washington University is committed to making continuous progress to advance accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI) so that all community members feel safe, supported, and included. To learn more about Western’s ADEI initiatives, please visit

About the Department:

The Polymer Materials Engineering program, as one of the four programs within the Engineering and Design Department, offers ABET-accredited undergraduate degrees. As stated in the Department’s Mission, the engineering programs in the Engineering and Design Department have a strong commitment to teaching and scholarship that develops industry-ready graduates through a combination of creative problem-solving, analytical skills development, and experiential learning. Programs are all very hands-on, with students involved across the curricula with experiential and student-centered teaching and learning at the heart of the teaching enterprise. Nearly all courses have a significant laboratory component to prepare students with the modern tools and processes used in industry.  The PME program has been recognized as one of the “Top Public Colleges for Polymer/Plastics Engineering”.

The Department and the College of Sciences and Engineering are committed to creating equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for their students, faculty, and staff. A number of faculty-led initiatives and committees focus on advancing accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom and beyond. Student clubs such as the Society of Women Engineers, Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and Out in Science, are also vital to advancing inclusion within the College.

The College of Sciences and Engineering and the Engineering and Design 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.

About the Position:

The position requires a strong commitment to teaching and scholarship that supports the Department’s Mission. Teaching responsibilities will include service courses for engineering, as well as advanced courses in the candidate’s area of specialization. Scholarship responsibilities will include developing and maintaining a relevant program of scholarship that involves undergraduate researchers and partnerships with industry. It is expected that the person fulfills working, teaching, and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive environments for all students, faculty, and staff. This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity to be part of the growth and development of the program, which will include the development of new curriculum, research areas, and laboratory facilities.

Required Qualifications:

  • Commitment to and evidence of the ability to teach courses in the Polymer Materials Engineering program.
  • Evidence of the ability to teach shared service courses in the Engineering and Design Department.
  • Teaching and scholarship interests that are closely aligned with the Mission of the Department.
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds.
  • Commitment and ability to maintain a relevant program of scholarly activity.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Recent, relevant experience in industry, industry sponsored grants, commercialization, and/or industry relations.
  • Successful prior teaching experience.
  • Experience in conducting a research program with undergraduate students.
  • Experience with composites or polymer processing, automation, simulation or modeling, or recycling/sustainable materials and manufacturing.
  • Recent, relevant experience in industry, industry-sponsored grants, commercialization, or industry relations.

Conditions of Employment:

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 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.

Application Instructions:

All applications must include the following six items. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Application Letter
    A statement that addresses how you meet the required and preferred qualifications for the position, your ability and commitment to fulfill the position responsibilities, and your available starting date.
  3. Teaching Statement
    A statement of your teaching experience, interests, and plans for teaching core and advanced courses, and any experience teaching or coordinating undergraduate student projects, particularly any that were industry sponsored. Include a summary of teaching evaluations, if applicable.
  4. Research Statement
    A statement of your research experience and interests. Include any research experience that involved undergraduate students and/or collaboration with industry.
  5. Accessibility, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
    A statement of demonstrated commitment to advancing accessibility diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, scholarship and/or service. Please describe any past contributions to accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and their impact on students, faculty, staff, and/or your field; describe how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at Western (for context and clarification of our expectations, we encourage you to view the web page, which highlights the leadership, initiatives, training, and events on accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus).
  6. References
    The names and contact information of at least three professional references. Please do not send letters of recommendation; these will only be required for semi-finalists, and will be requested from the referee via the PageUp application system.

Closing Date Notes:

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

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, 360.650.3303 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 which includes a sexual misconduct background check.


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