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Lecturer in Applied Geology

Western Washington University- Geology Department
Bellingham, Washington
$2300-$4800 per month for 6 months, depending upon experience and qualifications.
Closing date
Oct 16, 2022

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Hydrology, Interdisciplinary/Other
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Early Career (up to 10 years past degree)
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The Geology Department at Western Washington University invites applications for a two-quarter (six month) visiting teaching position with a required start date of December 16, 2022, for courses to be taught during Winter and Spring 2023.

The successful candidate will teach courses in Engineering Geology, Surface Water Hydrology, and Landslides and Slope Stability. This appointment will include two quarters of Geol 314 (Engineering Geology), a quarter of Geol 472/572 (Surface Water Hydrology), and one quarter of Geol 470/570 (Landslides and Slope Stability).

About the Geology Department: The College of Science and Engineering and the Geology 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.

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

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 Position: The successful candidate will teach courses in Engineering Geology, Surface Water Hydrology, and Landslides and Slope Stability. This appointment will include two quarters of Geol 314 (Engineering Geology), a quarter of Geol 472/572 (Surface Water Hydrology), and one quarter of Geol 470/570 (Landslides and Slope Stability).

Required Qualifications

    MS or PhD in an appropriate Earth Sciences field at time of appointment Ability to teach Introduction to Engineering Geology, Surface Water Hydrology, and Landslides/Slope Stability 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 or experience teaching at the graduate (MS) level in the applicant’s specialty
To apply: Interested candidates must apply online through Western’s Careers webpage.

Conditions of Employment: 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 if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.

Salary: $2300 - $4800 per month for 6 months, depending upon qualifications and experience

Application Instructions: 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, experience, and effectiveness, and ability to work with a diverse student body.

In addition, as part of the application process, candidates will be asked to provide contact information of two persons familiar with the candidate’s teaching and academic qualifications, from whom letters of reference may be requested. Please do not provide letters of recommendation as part of your application materials; the PageUp application system will automatically send out requests for two letters of recommendation to the references you provide.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to the search committee chair, Bob Mitchell ( or the Geology Department chair, Bernie Housen (

Closing Date Notes: Application review begins October 21, 2022; position is open filled, closing no later than December 15, 2022.

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);

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 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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