Western Washington University, with over 16,000 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 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Marine and Coastal Sciences at Western Washington University
Faculty from multiple academic departments in the Huxley College of the Environment and the College of Science and Engineering participate in marine and coastal sciences research and academic programs. These include the new B.S. degree in Marine in Coastal Sciences, the Marine Science Distinguished Scholars Program, and the M.S.-level Marine and Estuarine Studies Program. More information about these programs is available online: https://marine.wwu.edu/
Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) is located in Anacortes, approximately 45 miles from Western’s main Bellingham campus, on a 78-acre campus covered mostly by Pacific lowlands forest and distinguished by 3000 feet of undisturbed beachfront. SPMC supports and promotes Western Washington University’s undergraduate and master’s programs in the marine sciences; supports research by WWU scientists across marine-related fields; provides access to facilities for visiting scientists from around the world; supports supervised, independent research for undergraduates nationwide via federally-funded programs; and promotes ocean literacy through targeted K-12 and public education initiatives. SPMC is nationally recognized for promoting diversity, equity and inclusion through externally funded programs that create student opportunities at the marine center.
Local facilities, including a flow-through seawater system, a research vessel fleet, SCUBA support, oceanographic instrumentation, and a well-equipped analytical chemistry laboratory, support the research activities of WWU faculty researchers and resident scientists at SPMC. SPMC is nationally recognized for involving undergraduates, including members of under-represented minority groups, in the research programs of its faculty. More information about SPMC is available online: http://www.wwu.edu/spmc
About the Position
The Director identifies priorities for and facilitates continued development of marine and coastal science programs at WWU. The Director fosters a climate of research innovation in marine and coastal sciences. In coordination with the Marine and Coastal Sciences Academic Program Director and relevant academic departments, the director oversees undergraduate and graduate academic programs in marine and coastal science, promoting a team spirit within the marine sciences at WWU by maintaining and strengthening positive relationships among faculty, classified, and professional staff. Responsibilities also include supervising staff at SPMC, authorizing budgets for SPMC and undergraduate academic programs, and seeking external funding to support the continued development of marine and coastal science programs and facilities. The Director also provides leadership for advancing marine and coastal sciences in WWU planning processes, aligning those efforts with the University’s mission and strategic goals while fostering productive relationships with college deans, university executive officers, and administrative officials throughout the university. The Director works to promote diversity, equity and inclusion for the staff, faculty, and students in marine sciences programs at WWU. The Director brings awareness of regional, national, and international trends in marine and coastal sciences, including the integration of research, education, and outreach, and will build relationships with key external partners. The position requires a physical presence in both the Anacortes and Bellingham campuses and associated travel.
A PhD and evidence of an active, marine-related research program that has resulted in a significant record of scholarship
Demonstrated leadership experience in marine and coastal sciences at the regional or national level
A record of academic and professional achievement and scholarship sufficient to warrant tenure and appointment at the rank of associate or full professor
Administrative experience that includes budget management and personnel supervision
Demonstrated experience in program development in a university setting
Demonstrated success in securing external funding
Demonstrated commitment and ability to promote diversity, equity and inclusion
Experience fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation
Successful experience as a creative and resourceful fundraiser
Experience partnering with governmental and non-governmental organizations, and private enterprise
Experience with development and management of facilities
Experience in formal program assessment
Experience in promoting a diverse, equitable and inclusive working and learning environment
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
United Faculty of Western Washington
To be considered you must submit the following: 1) A cover letter that clearly addresses the required and preferred qualifications; 2) curriculum vita or resume; 3) contact information for three recent professional references and 4) and a separate statement describing your demonstrated commitment to and/or experience in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in and out of the workplace.
Closing Date Notes
Initial screening of applications will begin March 4, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. All applications, nominations and inquiries will be kept confidential. For further information, potential applicants should contact Jennifer Sloan, Search Coordinator, by email: Jennifer.Sloan@wwu.edu.
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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.