Assistant Professor of African American Politics

Western Washington University
  • Location
    Bellingham, Washington
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 11

Position description

About the Position: The Political Science Department and the American Cultural Studies Program at Western Washington University invite applications for a tenure-track position in African American Politics at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning in September 2018. The tenure line will reside in Political Science. Teaching responsibilities will be divided between Political Science and American Cultural Studies. About the College/Department: Faculty at Western Washington University enjoy a balance of teaching, scholarship, and service at the top public comprehensive university in the Pacific Northwest. With about 15,000 students, WWU is located in beautiful Bellingham, close to both the Cascade Mountains and the Salish Sea; it is about midway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. Its mission is to serve the state of Washington and beyond by “bringing 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.”   

The Department of Political Science has 15 full-time tenured and tenure track faculty members and approximately 350 majors and minors. Our work bridges American and 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, and sexuality into all aspects of our curriculum. The Department strives to further Western’s identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and encourages applications from diverse candidates. 

American Cultural Studies (ACS) is an interdisciplinary program administratively housed in Fairhaven College, and involves faculty from Fairhaven and seven departments throughout the university. The program in African American Studies provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to the history, culture and politics of peoples of African descent. In addition, this program offers a closer examination of Black leaders, activists, feminists, writers, artists and scholars and their contributions to the development of the United States. Courses range from in-depth studies of specific African American topics to classes on comparative political and cultural issues that give context to the Black experience in America. Position Responsibilities: The position requires teaching at both introductory and advanced undergraduate levels; an active research program; and service to the Political Science department, ACS, the university and to the profession. Teaching will include introductory and specialized courses in ACS, an upper division course in African American Politics, and advanced courses in the candidate’s area of specialization. Criteria for promotion are described in the Political Science Department Unit Evaluation Plan, available on request.  


  • Doctorate or ABD in Political Science or related fields, with expected completion by June 15, 2019
  • Specialization in one of the following: African American political behavior, African Americans and American Political Development, African Americans and American Political Institutions, or African American Political Thought
  • Ability to effectively teach introductory and upper division courses in American Politics, including advanced courses in African American Politics and related areas
  • Ability to effectively teach introductory and upper division courses in American Cultural Studies
  • Ability to teach introductory research methods/social statistics
  • Ability to conduct high quality scholarship in the area of African American Politics 
  • Ability to work and interact with culturally diverse student organizations and academic programs
  • Ability to work effectively within a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Ability to pursue a methodologically intersectional approach to African American politics 

Academic Emphasis: African American politics 

Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications 

Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington

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