Visiting Instructor of Geophysics- Temporary Faculty Position

Visiting Instructor of Geophysics- Temporary Faculty Position

About the Position:

Western Washington University invites applications for a three-quarter (nine month) visiting teaching position with a required start date of September 16, 2019. 

The successful candidate will teach courses in geophysics, earth materials, and introduction to geology, with the opportunity to develop upper division courses and mentor undergraduate student research. This appointment will include two quarters of Geol 352 (Introduction to Geophysics), two quarters of Geol 311 (Earth Materials), and 1-2 sections of Introduction to Geology or Physical Geology, an upper division course in the applicant’s specialty, or supervision of undergraduate research.

Required Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD in an appropriate Earth Sciences field at time of appointment
  • Ability to teach Introduction to Geophysics, Earth Materials, and Introduction to Geology
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse students, faculty and staff, and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications:

  • College-level teaching experience
  • Ability to teach an upper division course in the applicant’s specialty

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 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 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

About the Department:

The Geology Department offers BA, BS and MS programs in Geology, Geophysics, and Science Education.  Information is available at  The Geology Department supports 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.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Application Instructions:

Please log in and submit your application via WWU PageUp. Applications must include a cover letter outlining your teaching accomplishments with specific reference made to your ability to teach the courses described above. The application should also include a C.V., graduate school transcripts, and statements describing the candidate’s teaching philosophy and effectiveness, and ability to work with a diverse student body.


In addition, letters of reference from two persons familiar with the candidate’s teaching and academic qualifications must be provided.  Send the letters to the Geology Department or email them to the search committee chair (see below).


Questions regarding this position should be directed to the search committee chair, Jackie Caplan-Auerbach ( or the Geology Department chair, Bernie Housen (


Closing Date: Review of applications begins August 9, 2019; position open until filled.

WWU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, Vietnam-era veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply. WWU is sensitive to and has a policy addressing dual career assistance. For disability accommodation, call the Employee Relations-Disability Specialist at (360) 650-6106 or (360) 650-7696 (TTY). All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service before beginning work at WWU.

WWU is committed to fostering a safe learning and working environment. Our Annual Campus Security Report includes information on campus crime and WWU safety policies and procedures. For a paper copy, call Human Resources at (360) 650-3774, TTY (360) 650-7696. For alternate formats, call (360) 650-3839.



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