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Global Humanities and Religions - Non-Tenure Track Faculty Vacancy Pool

Western Washington University

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA, USA
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2023

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Position Title Global Humanities and Religions - Non-Tenure Track Faculty Vacancy Pool
About the University 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 90,000 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 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The College of Humanities and Social Science and the Department of Global Humanities and Religions 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.

The Department of Global Humanities and Religions at Western Washington University consists of nine tenured or tenure-track faculty whose courses serve major and minor programs in "Humanities: History of Culture", "Religion and Culture", "Arabic and Islamic Studies", "Digital Humanities", and "South and Southeast Asian Studies" as well as making significant contributions to the university’s general education curriculum. The department's interdisciplinary humanities curriculum focuses, in particular, on cultural history and religious studies.  It ranges ancient to modern and covers most of the globe; our curriculum also emphasizes cross-cultural interaction. Faculty in the department are also committed to providing high quality courses that prepare both majors and non-majors with skills in critical reading, research, analysis, and writing.  Please see more here: https://chss.wwu.edu/global-humanities-and-religions

About the Position

The Department of Global Humanities and Religions maintains a vacancy pool of qualified persons interested in temporary teaching positions. In anticipation of possible openings throughout the academic year, applications are accepted continuously for temporary non-tenure track teaching positions on a part-time basis with rare opportunities for temporary, full-time appointments. Positions may become available at any time and are typically filled on a quarterly basis.

The department seeks qualified applicants who have a Ph.D. or are ABD in a Humanities field, whose academic expertise aligns clearly with the department mission, and who have the ability to teach one or more of the department’s 100- or 200-level courses.

We are particularly interested in faculty whose areas of expertise include some of the following: religious studies, history (especially cultural and social history), comparative literature, cultural anthropology, art history, area studies, film, popular culture, philosophy, and/or gender.

Position Responsibilities: Teach existing courses that satisfy General Education Requirements and serve the majors and minors, typically at the lower division level. The department may occasionally seek development of a new course or to hire someone qualified to teach an upper division course. 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 timely 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 chair for annual review.

Required Qualifications
  • PhD or ABD status in a Humanities field related to the course(s) to be taught
  • Demonstrated potential for successful teaching at the university level
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse students, faculty, and staff, including a commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
Preferred Qualifications
  • Relevant teaching experience at the university level
  • Broad perspective on the Humanities
Conditions of Employment All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including 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.


Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Benefits Information Benefits Overview for Faculty Positions

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Please submit your application through Western's PageUp system.  You should include a letter of application addressing the above listed required and preferred qualifications, and detailing specific areas of teaching expertise; please describe both teaching experience and the specific courses you would hope to teach in the department.  (These could be either existing course numbers or proposed new courses).  Applicants are encouraged to consult the department's page in the university catalog (https://catalog.wwu.edu/preview_entity.php?catoid=19&ent_oid=1994&returnto=5131) and the department web site (https://chss.wwu.edu/global-humanities-and-religions), in order to consider possible course offerings.

Please also include a complete curriculum vitae including contact information for at least three professional references.

This vacancy pool is refreshed annually; please see applicable close date information below. Applicants who continue to remain interested in being considered for on-going opportunities should re-submit updated materials to the new pool, once posted.

Closing Date Notes

Applications are accepted continuously for potential NTT faculty openings. Vacancy pool closes no later than December 31, 2023.

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 Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 126 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); crtc@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, 360.650.3303 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at vpsa.office@wwu.edu. The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

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 and rehires, which includes a sexual misconduct background check.

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