Website Western Washington University

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. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Its mission is to serve the state of Washington and beyond by bringing together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities.

Faculty at Western Washington University enjoy a balance of teaching, scholarship, and service at this leading public comprehensive university in the Pacific Northwest.

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.

About the Department:
The Department of Political Science has 16 full-time tenured and tenure track faculty members and approximately 340 majors and minors. Our work encompasses American politics, comparative politics, international relations, public policy, and political theory. We bring cross-cultural and intersectional knowledge to bear on all of our course offerings. We have a history of and a pedagogical commitment to integrating considerations of race, gender, class and sexuality into all aspects of our curriculum. The Department affirms Western’s mission to welcome and embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we encourage applications from diverse candidates.

About the Position:
The Political Science Department at Western Washington University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Comparative Politics with a specialization in the politics of the Middle East or Africa at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning in September 2023.

The position requires teaching at both introductory and advanced undergraduate levels; an active research program; and service to the Political Science department, the university and the profession. Teaching will include introductory and upper division courses in Comparative Politics and advanced courses in the candidate’s area of specialization. Teaching contribution is two courses per term. Criteria for promotion are described in the Political Science Department Unit Evaluation Plan, available on request.

For the full position description go to the WWU HR Careers page:

Required Qualifications:
Doctorate or ABD at time of application in Political Science. If ABD, all degree requirements must be completed by June 15th of the first year of employment (e.g., for a September 2023 start date, all degree requirements must be completed by June 15, 2024).
Specialization in one or both of the following: Politics of the Middle East or Africa
Ability to effectively teach introductory and upper division courses in Comparative Politics
Ability to develop and sustain a high quality research program
Ability to work effectively within a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff

Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds.

$66,000 – $69,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications. Relocation assistance may be available per University guidelines. Salary and start-up funds are to be determined upon being offered the position.

Application Instructions:
Please submit a letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications, curriculum vitae, teaching materials including teaching philosophy, syllabi, and course evaluations (if available), and an example of scholarly writing. Three letters of recommendation will be required; please do not submit these. You will be required to provide the names and contact information of three references, and the Western PageUp application system will automatically send out the requests for these letters to your references.

Inquiries may be directed to the search committee chair, Shirin Deylami, at

Closing Date:
Position closes September 16, 2022 at 11:55 pm.

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