Western Washington University Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering - Energy in Bellingham, Washington



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Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering - Energy

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.

Position Responsibilities:

  • 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:

  • Power Electronics

  • Smart Grid

  • 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

  • Supporting the Department’s Mission

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.

Required Qualifications:

  • 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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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

Academic Emphasis: N/A

Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Applications must include (1) a letter of application outlining how you meet the qualifications for the position, including a statement addressing your ability and commitment to fulfill the position responsibilities, your ability to cultivate equitable and inclusive learning environments, and your available starting date, (2) a statement of philosophy and interest in teaching, (3) summary of teaching evaluations, if applicable, (4) a statement of your research experience and interests, and (4) a full curriculum vitae including the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of five professional references. Do not send letters of recommendation; they will be requested only for semi-finalists.
All application materials must be uploaded through the Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE) at http://www.wwu.edu/jobs. Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Professor Todd Morton, at Todd.Morton@wwu.edu Incomplete or incorrectly submitted applications will not be considered.

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Job Posted: 9/5/2017

Closing Date Notes: Application review begins November 27, 2017; position is open until filled

Recruitment #: 170315

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 Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and

Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main

345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

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