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Visiting Assistant Professor- Ecology and Sustainability Sciences

Western Washington University
Bellingham, Washington State
$56,000-$60,000 per 9-month contract, September 15th to June 16th
Date posted
Mar 27, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies is an interdisciplinary, undergraduate unit of Western Washington University, dedicated to assisting students in taking an unusual degree of responsibility for the structure and content of their education specifically in the areas of creative art, social theory, law, audio engineering, and science.  Students are not evaluated on an A-F scale, but rather narrative self- and faculty-evaluations of their performance in detail for each course.  

Fairhaven College supports 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. 

 We welcome applicants who bring together perspectives from multiple disciplines in the following areas: 

  • Ecology and Sustainability Sciences (Possible Courses: Conservation Biology; Endangered Species; Behavioral Ecology; Wildlife Ecology; Vertebrates) 

Successful candidates will teach full-time for one year in Fairhaven College's seminar-style curriculum that features small class sizes, narrative evaluations, and a dynamic, collaborative academic culture in a small college (400 students) embedded within a comprehensive public liberal arts university. Visiting Assistant Professors will teach two 5-credit courses per quarter (30 credits) and have a 6-credit advising services contract. Advising duties include advising students on degree paths, sponsoring Independent Study Projects (ISPs) and Senior Projects, participating in students’ Transition meetings, and serving on students’ Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration committees.  

Fairhaven College is individualized and student-centered. Instruction at Western Washington University is overwhelmingly face-to-face and we cannot accommodate applicants wishing to teach remotely. All candidates, especially in clinical social work or psychology, are asked to refer any students needing therapeutic services to the Counselling Center, and not to engage in counselling their students. 

Required Qualifications

  • A terminal degree earned by September 15, 2024 or Doctoral Candidacy in a PhD program
  • Demonstrated college-level teaching ability
  • Strong interest in creative, student-centered teaching
  • Commitment to mentoring students from diverse racial, gender, class, and cognitive backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience designing and teaching interdisciplinary courses at the College level
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues
  • Experience advising undergraduate students
  • Experience as a Licensed Social Worker or Mental Health Counsellor (for instructors in social work or multicultural psychology)

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