The History Department at Western Washington University seeks a tenure-track assistant professor specializing in African American history since 1865. All subfields and specializations within this field are welcome, provided the candidate has demonstrated capacity to teach courses in post-1945 U.S. history.



The successful candidate will teach six courses over three quarters (two courses per quarter), including the two-quarter, pre- and post-1865 African American history survey, and upper division courses on African American history and the history of the United States since 1945. High quality research and service are also expected.


Required:  PhD in History or related field by September 15, 2018, with the ability to teach African American history and the history of the United States since 1945.

Preferred:   Demonstrated potential for effective teaching and high-quality scholarship; demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse student body.


The Department of History at Western Washington University consists of nineteen tenured or tenure-track faculty whose courses serve a very active history major and make significant contributions to the university’s general education curriculum. History courses cover nearly every historical era and much of the globe. The department encourages its faculty to participate in interdisciplinary programs such as East Asian Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; International Studies; Latin American Studies; Canadian-American Studies; and the Honors program. Faculty in the department provide high quality courses that prepare majors and non-majors with skills in research, analysis, and writing. The department likewise houses a small but strong M.A. program in History and a nationally recognized M.A. program in Archives and Records Management.


WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY is located in Bellingham, Washington, a city of approximately 83,000 situated between Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, both of which have substantial research universities, archives, and libraries to which WWU faculty have access.  The University enrolls approximately 15,000 students in eight colleges. The Department of History is in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please log in below and submit your application via WWU’s Electronic System for Employment (EASE).  Note:  You will need to be using Internet Explorer to utilize our online application system. 

A letter of application along with a c.v.; a graduate transcript; article or chapter-length writing sample; sample syllabi for a survey course in African American history and an upper-division course; and three letters of reference are required.

Apply online at https://jobs.wwu.edu/JobPostingsBrowse.aspx?CatID=78 and have letters of reference sent directly to:

Jennie Huber, Administrative Services Manager
Department of History, MS 9061
Western Washington University
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA  98225-9061


Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Skype.

Other Information: For general questions contact the Department Administrator Jennie Huber at (360) 650-3457 or e-mail jennie.huber@wwu.edu.

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.  For disability accommodation, call the Employee Relations-Disability Specialist/ADA Coordinator at (360) 650-7410 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.

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