Assistant Professor: Coastal Dynamics and records of sea-level change

Western Washington University - Geology Department/Marine Coastal Science
Western Washington University - Bellingham, WA
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Nov 02, 2018
Dec 02, 2018
Coastal and Marine Science/Geology
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Assistant Professor: Coastal Dynamics and records of sea-level change

We invite applicants for a tenure-track position in Coastal Dynamics and Records of Sea-Level Change. This position, at the rank of assistant professor and starting on September 16, 2019, will be a joint appointment in the Geology Department and the new program in Marine and Coastal Sciences (MCS) at Western Washington University, and will provide the successful candidate with an exciting opportunity to help develop new curricular and research programs with participating faculty affiliated with the Shannon Point Marine Center, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Geology Departments at WWU.

We seek applicants whose research and teaching focuses on geological processes that interact with coastal dynamics and sea level change in the coastal ocean environment. The preferred candidate will be able to combine field-based and quantitative analytical or modelling techniques to advance our knowledge and understanding of erosional, depositional and post-depositional processes in modern and ancient coastal environments, and how these processes respond to sea level changes due to climate and/or tectonic forcing. They will be expected to develop and maintain a vigorous teaching and research program that complements existing strengths in sedimentology, geomorphology, stable-isotope geochemistry, and geophysics in the Geology Department, and existing strengths in marine biology, marine ecology, estuarine science, energy studies, chemical oceanography, and toxicology in the other MCS-affiliated departments and institutes. Commitment to quality teaching of undergraduate courses in general oceanography and marine geology, upper-division courses in marine geology, and specialty courses spanning introductory to graduate-level in their field of expertise in the Geology Department will be a vital part of this position. The teaching assignments for this position will be distributed evenly between courses offered in Geology and courses offered in MCS.  This faculty member will also be expected to participate in service to the department, the program, and the college as well as student advising. As one of the initial faculty hires into the MCS program, the successful applicant will also be expected to support collaborations within and between the MCS program and the Geology Department.


Full details regarding the position, its requirements, and the application can be found here:

Information about WWU and the application process can be found here:

 Applications must address the required and preferred qualifications for the position, and need to include (1) a detailed cover letter describing the applicant's experience, and addressing the required and preferred qualifications, (2) a statement of teaching philosophy, methodology, and curricular interests, (3) a statement outlining proposed research plans, specifically addressing plans for student involvement in both departments, (4) a statement detailing how your teaching, service and/or scholarship has prepared you to support the success of a diverse student body, including cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with backgrounds or identities that are underrepresented in STEM fields, (5) unofficial transcripts of undergraduate and graduate course work, and (6) a full curriculum vitae including the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.  Do not send letters of recommendation; they will be requested only for semi-finalists.  Review of applications will begin on January 11, 2019 and the position will remain open until filled. 

Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Bernard Housen, at or (360) 650-6573.


WWU is a public university with over 15,000 students. In 2018, the Chronicle of Higher Education named WWU as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For.” WWU is one of 24 institutions in the US to receive funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Program, which supports the Advancing Excellence and Equity in Science program in the College of Science and Engineering. The MCS program brings together faculty, staff and students from three academic departments and affiliated programs housed in two colleges, in addition to a WWU-operated marine laboratory- the Shannon Point Marine Center. Each department associated with the MCS program places strong emphasis on performing innovative research including meaningful research opportunities for its students. Members of the departments are also active in the development of new educational materials and innovative teaching methods. The Shannon Point Marine center supports student and faculty research and is an important facility for WWU’s undergraduate and graduate programs in the marine sciences through classroom, laboratory and field resources. Detailed information for the Geology Department (, the Marine and Coastal Sciences program (, and the Shannon Point Marine Center ( can be found online.

WWU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. For disability accommodation, call Human Resources at 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.

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