Assistant Professor, Woodring College of Education, Western Washington University [Job Posting]

About the Position: The Woodring College of Education invites dynamic and innovative individuals with multicultural experience who are able to work across college and university departments to apply for appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Secondary Education Department.

In this search, the department seeks a promising and innovative scholar who is firmly and actively committed to promoting diversity and social justice through scholarship, teaching, and service at public schools, universities, and community settings.  We seek candidates with extensive experience working with diverse populations, such as multicultural/multilingual students and families; American Indian Education and Native populations. Preferred applicants take a inter-/trans- disciplinary approach to addressing pressing challenges in our world and society today, including education for sustainability, transformational leadership, and creating equitable and just systems. Preferred applicants will have expertise working with English Language Learners and can provide bold, imaginative, and collaborative leadership to our dynamic faculty, students, and the local, state, and national communities that we serve.

About the College/Department: The Department of Secondary Education at Western Washington University is committed to providing the foundations of knowledge in human development, schooling and education, teaching and learning, and assessment in order to foster a more democratic, just and sustainable world. Being a teacher requires someone who is a change agent; who recognizes that diversity is an integral part of thriving educational systems. We foster reflective practice that supports future teachers’ capacity to help all learners thrive, by recognizing the important role diversity plays in public school settings and engaging in the praxis of social justice work.

The department is committed to helping develop future teachers who can recognize inequities in public school settings and use their increasing professional competence and ethical commitments to address these inequities.  We are also committed to helping future teachers from all content areas acquire a repertoire of instructional strategies, practices, and critical dispositions that promote civic engagement for a humane, sustainable, and democratic global community. We are searching for a faculty member who shares in our vision and promise to support public education, and who can partner with us as we build on the current strengths and accomplishments within the department.

Faculty at Western Washington University enjoy a balance of teaching, scholarship, and service in a university that is consistently ranked as one of the best among regional universities in the nation.  With approximately 15,000 students, WWU is located in beautiful Bellingham, midway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Position Responsibilities:
  • Contribute to a vision for the preparation of the next generation of teachers who recognize that social justice requires a critical analysis of social, cultural, and institutional systems
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Secondary Education, such as general methods and pedagogy courses; instructional technology; educational foundations courses (9 month appointment, with summer optional)
  • Work within the college to support English as a Second Language curricular efforts and initiatives
  • Supervise students in community-based and/or school-based practicum experiences
  • Participate in school, community and university collaborations and partnership work
  • Participate in service within the department, college, university, community and professional organizations
  • Work with department and college to align curriculum with state and professional performance-based standards and integrate creative and innovative pedagogy
  • Collaborate in the development of innovative undergraduate and graduate programs, such as field-based courses; courses delivered online; hybrid courses; alternative route programs
  • Maintain an active and engaged program of scholarship that addresses contemporary issues and challenges
  • Advise and support undergraduate and graduate students
  • Mentor and support individuals who traditionally have not had access to higher education, including first-generation college students, English language learners, underrepresented and underserved student populations

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