Western Washington University: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Position Title      Assistant Professor of Sociology

About the University:  Western Washington University is located in Bellingham, Washington (approximate population 90,000) located 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and 90 miles north of Seattle.  The campus is situated on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples who have lived in this area from time immemorial.  Latino/as are one of the fastest growing populations in Washington State.  Approximately 16,000 students attend the University; about 96% of these students are undergraduates; students of color represent 27% of the campus population; 29% new first-year students enrolled are first generation students.  Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News and & World Report rankings.  For more information, please visit the WWU website. 

About the Department: The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Sociology 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. The Sociology Department is comprised of thirteen full-time faculty engaged in a wide range of research activities who often involve undergraduate students in their research. The Center for Social Science Instruction is housed within the Department and provides assistance to faculty and students with computing and statistical analysis. The Department also maintains a significant international focus, and enthusiastically supports faculty-led study abroad programs. The Sociology Department contributes to 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.  The Department has two standing committees, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and the Wellness Committee, that focus on creating a positive organizational culture for students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and social identities.  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 does not offer a master’s degree.  For more information, please visit the Department website.

About the Position:  The Department of Sociology at Western Washington University invites applications to fill a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of Race and Ethnicity to begin September 2022. Priority will be given to candidates who specialize in Latinx Sociology or Critical Indigenous Studies. We seek candidates who can also contribute to teaching one or more of our core courses in sociological theory, research methods, or statistics. The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students.

Position Responsibilities:

Teach courses within the department’s existing curriculum

Develop new courses in specialized area(s) of expertise (including but not limited to courses such as border issues, transnational families, Indigenous cultural politics, or Indigenous politics and self-determination)

Ability and willingness to consistently teach one of the department’s three core courses in theory, statistics, or research methods

Active engagement in scholarship, including scholarly publications

Active participation in service activities within the Department, University, and discipline

Required Qualifications:

Ph.D. at time of application or ABD at time of application in Sociology or a closely related social science discipline in the area of race and ethnicity. If ABD, all degree requirements must be completed by June 15th of the first year of employment.

Demonstrated potential for excellent teaching in race and ethnic relations and ability to teach one of the department’s core courses (theory, statistics, and research methods)

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with underrepresented student populations in the department and on campus

Demonstrated commitment to fostering and promoting an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion

Demonstrated potential to maintain an active program of research/scholarship and publication

Preferred Qualifications:

Specialization in Latinx Sociology or Critical Indigenous Studies

Successful prior teaching experience

Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Interest in collaborative research with undergraduates


Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit:

United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit your application via WWU’s PageUp, Western’s online employment management system.

Please submit: (a) a letter of application which addresses each of the preferred and required qualifications, (b) your curriculum vita, (c) a statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi and related teaching materials, and teaching evaluations (if available), (d) a statement discussing your ability and commitment to work effectively with underrepresented students and to foster and promote an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion; you may draw upon your personal as well as professional experience in developing this statement.  For more information about Western’s commitment to and work on equity, inclusion, and diversity, please see Western President’s page on Advancing Inclusion and Diversity; and (e) sample publications electronically via the PageUp system.

Inquiries may be directed to the search committee chair:

Dr. Glenn Tsunokai
Search Committee Chair
Department of Sociology
516 High Street, MS 9081
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9081
Phone: 360.650.2540
Email: Glenn.Tsunokai@wwu.edu.

Required Supplemental Materials

Additionally, three letters of reference addressing your teaching and scholarship will be requested of your referees via the PageUp system.

Closing Date Notes          Application review begins October 10, 2021; position is open until filled.

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 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); crtc@wwu.edu

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