Journalism - Non-Tenure Track Faculty Vacancy Pool
About the University
Western Washington University, with over 15,000 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 83,000 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 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Journalism 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 Journalism Department offers strong, professionally-oriented undergraduate programs with majors in news-editorial, public relations and visual journalism and minors in news-editorial and public relations. We also offer a joint major in environmental journalism with the Environmental Studies department. Writing courses are at the heart of the department's curriculum including news writing, reporting, public relations, editing, advanced reporting and feature writing. These courses stress clarity, accuracy and depth of content in a sequence designed to develop professional skills, critical thinking, sensitivity to people and an understanding of society. Publications produced by journalism students have won numerous state, regional and national awards. The department currently has 10 tenured/tenure-track faculty, three full-time instructors and several part-time lecturers. We place a high premium on excellent teaching, small class sizes (most are capped at 18) and an intimate working environment for faculty and students. The department has about 250 majors and pre-majors and nearly 100 minors.
About the Position
The Department of Journalism maintains a vacancy pool of qualified persons interested in temporary positions. In anticipation of possible openings throughout the year, applications are accepted continuously for temporary non-tenure-track teaching positions on a part-time basis, with occasional opportunities for temporary, full-time appointments. Positions may become available at any time and are typically filled on a quarterly basis. Our lecturers teach sections of existing courses in journalism, public relations or visual journalism. We expect lecturers to be exemplary teachers who are current in their discipline. Lecturers should engage students actively in their own learning through discussion, writing and analysis, and to maintain high standards regarding course content. We also expect lecturers to provide students with prompt feedback and to be available to students through regularly-scheduled office hours. Lecturers are expected to have their students evaluate their courses using the standard university evaluation forms and make those available to the department and faculty for review.
Masters degree in relevant field or equivalent combination of education and professional experience
Significant professional experience in journalism, public relations or visual journalism
Demonstrated potential for successful teaching
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse students and staff, including a demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
Previous teaching experience
PhD or ABD in relevant field
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
United Faculty of Western Washington
A cover letter and curriculum vitae are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.
You will be asked to provide contact information of three references. Additional materials are required as outlined below.
Required Supplemental Materials
Writing samples or other examples of professional work and a list of courses within the department you are prepared to teach
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With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.