About the Position: Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications from candidates for a full-time, tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in Electrical Engineering. The start date is September 16, 2018. The Engineering & Design Department and the College of Sciences and Engineering support 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. 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 faculty position.
About the College/Department: WWU has programs in Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, and Plastics and Composites Engineering. We are looking for energetic individuals who will help us develop industry-ready graduates through a combination of creative problem-solving, analytical skills development, and experiential learning. The position offers a unique and exciting opportunity to be part of the continued growth and development of these programs, and to help build and strengthen connections to the Institute for Energy Studies. In addition, the department also has programs in Industrial Design, and Industrial Technology–Vehicle Design. There are seventeen full-time faculty and 530+ undergraduate majors and pre-majors. Information is available for the Electrical Engineering program at https://cse.wwu.edu/engineering-design/electrical-engineering.
The department and college are committed to creating equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for their students, faculty and staff. A number of faculty-led initiatives and committees focus on diversity and inclusivity in the classroom and beyond. The college’s STEM Inclusion & Outreach Specialist maintains partnerships with faculty and inclusion programs locally and nationally that are devoted to recruitment and advancement of underrepresented students in STEM. Student clubs, for example the Society of Women Engineers, SACNAS, and Out in Science, are also vital to advancing inclusion within the college.
About the University: Western Washington University, with over 15,000 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 Cascade 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 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Primary position responsibilities include:
Developing and teaching lab-based electrical engineering courses with a focus on student-centered learning and with specialization in one or more of the following areas:
Renewable Energy Systems
Power Systems, and/or
Cyber-Physical Systems with Power Applications
Teaching core courses in electrical engineering
Teaching service courses for engineering and energy science
Developing and maintaining a relevant program of scholarly activity that involves undergraduate researchers
Fulfilling working, teaching, and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive environments for all students, faculty, and staff
Participating in service and accreditation activities
Additional responsibilities include: assisting with curriculum development, maintaining currency in electrical engineering practice, student advising and recruitment, developing internship and interdisciplinary opportunities, professional interactions with colleagues and industry, and student club and professional development activities.
One of the following;
An earned PhD in electrical engineering or a closely related discipline, received from an accredited institution prior to September 15, 2018, or
An earned MS degree in electrical engineering, or a closely related discipline, and significant, recent, and relevant industry-based professional experience
Teaching and scholarship interests and experience and are closely aligned with the Mission of the Department
Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
Evidence of the ability to teach courses in power electronics, smart grid, renewable energy systems, power systems, and/or cyber-physical systems with power applications
Evidence of the ability to maintain a relevant program of scholarly activity
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Recent, relevant experience in industry, industry sponsored grants, commercialization, and/or industry relations
Successful prior teaching experience
Demonstrated experience in renewable energy processes, control systems, machines, and/or smart-grid
With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouv...er, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.