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Environmental Education Non-Tenure Track Instructor

Western Washington University

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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Position Title 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.

For more information about Western's mission statement and strategic plan, please visit:  https://president.wwu.edu/mission-statement-and-strategic-plan 

About the Position

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.

Required Qualifications
  • 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

All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to HR@wwu.edu if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications
  • 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

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

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); eoo@wwu.edu

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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