These positions will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will begin in September 2018. The Computer Science Department and the SMATE program strive to further Western’s identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity, and encourages applications from diverse candidates.
About the College/Department:
The state of Washington and WWU have devoted increasing funds over the past few years to expand the Computer Science Department because of increased student interest and tremendous state need. We are looking for faculty excited by the prospect of shaping our department’s future and contributing to its sustained excellence. Currently the department offers an ABET-accredited B.S. degree and an M.S. degree. Reflecting our department’s commitment to diversity, the CS/M Scholars Program at WWU is focused on supporting women and underrepresented minorities. The program is funded by a $1,000,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. We are also an Academic Alliance member of the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) and are part of NCWIT’s Pacesetters program.
SMATE currently includes 10 faculty members with joint appointments in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geology, and the Woodring College of Education. These faculty work collaboratively in teaching and research. SMATE offers interdisciplinary B.A. and Masters in Teaching degree programs for future elementary and secondary teachers and has an established history of leading and supporting systemic science education reform efforts in Washington State and nationally.
Both programs support Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. Additional information about both programs can be found at http://www.cs.wwu.edu, and at http://smate.wwu.edu/smate/.
Position Responsibilities: The ideal candidate will help to expand SMATE's reach by incorporating computer science into Western's science and mathematics teacher preparation programs. The teaching load will be distributed between courses offered in computer science and courses offered in SMATE. An active research program in computer science education is expected. It is also anticipated that the successful candidate will support collaborations within and between the SMATE program and the Computer Science Department. This faculty member will also be expected to participate in service activities, including departmental committees and student advising. Participation in planning or facilitation of summer professional development programs for K-12 teachers, specifically focusing on the Washington’s new K-12 computer science endorsement, with the possibility of summer salary, is strongly encouraged.
Doctorate degree by hire date in Computer Science, Computer Science Education or a related field, OR a doctorate in Science Education with graduate level course work in Computer Science or a related field
Ability to teach CS at the undergraduate level
Ability to develop a quality research program in undergraduate or K-12 computer science education
Commitment to engage in curricular development at the undergraduate levels
Commitment to contribute to the department’s mission to support underrepresented students
Commitment to secure external funding for research
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Teaching experience at the undergraduate or K-12 level
K-12 teacher preparation experience
Interest in working with K-12 teachers and classrooms
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
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 Vancouv...er, 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.