Environmental Education Non-Tenure Track Instructor 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.
Environmental Studies students, faculty, and staff work together to understand and to reflect the complexity of human-environment systems. We aim to engage meaningfully, collaboratively, and respectfully with diverse communities in pursuit of a more just and sustainable world. many of our graduates in the Environmental Education (EE) major and graduate programs go on to the environmental education careers for which they trained, while others continue their studies.
About the Department
Students, faculty, and staff in the Department of Environmental Studies examine interacting social and natural systems. Our curriculum, which creates direct dialogue among the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities, is designed to help students make the intellectual connections and gain the practical skills necessary for building socially and environmentally sustainable futures.
Through the integration of the natural sciences, social sciences, and allied professions, the Department of environmental Studies at Huxley College endeavors to educate problem solvers who are able to meet the environmental challenges of our times. The College and the 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 Environmental Studies Department maintains a vacancy pool of qualified persons interested in temporary non-tenure teaching positions. Positions may be come available at any time and are typically filled on a quarterly basis throughout the academic year and summer sessions. Under the directions of the department chair, successful candidates will teach credit courses for undergraduate and/or graduate students, which may include face-to-face, online, and/or hybrid modalities.
The undergraduate and graduate environmental education programs emphasize critical perspectives on the intersections of social- and environmental-justice education, and experiential pedagogies. We try to encourage and collaboratively enact creative educational synergies within the cultural-natural lifeworlds of communities with whom we work.
The department, college and University value teaching, and we expect you to be an excellent teacher; to be current in your discipline; to engage students actively in their own learning including discussion, writing, and analysis; and to set high standards regarding course content. You are expected to provide students with feedback on their coursework and examinations, and to be available to students through regularly scheduled office hours in keeping with department policy. You must have your students evaluate your course(s) using the standard University evaluation forms, or others approved by the provost, and you must make those evaluations available to the department chairs and faculty for annual review.
Masters or doctorate in a related field from an accredited institution
Current engagement in related discipline and professional activity
Demonstrated ability to cultivate learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds and ability and commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within the department
Teaching, researching, and developing environmental education with a social / environmental justice orientation, at higher education and other levels
Skill in experiential and critical pedagogies suitable to classroom and field settings (from urban to backcountry)
Demonstrated ability in curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation
Competence in one or more media or venues of environmental communication
Ability to manage field practicum logistics and planning, including with community partner organizations or other entities
Familiarity with teacher education, mentoring and preparation
Successful teaching experience using an online learning management system, such as Canvas
Record of supporting the success of students or professionals traditionally underrepresented in the field
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
United Faculty of Western Washington
The following materials are required:
A letter of application addressing the above qualifications; please ensure your letter specifically addresses your ability, record, and commitment to cultivate learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
Current curriculum vitae
Names and contact information for three references
Verification of highest degree (unofficial transcript is acceptable and may be scanned for electronic application and email purposes)
Closing Date Notes
Position open continuously
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 Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.