Washington State University Vancouver — Assistant or Associate Professor, College of Education


Washington State University Vancouver invites applications for a tenure-track position in the College of Education. Successful candidates will have expertise and a scholarly agenda concerning issues of instruction, curriculum, or assessment as related to teacher preparation. The successful candidate would be expected to carry a 40% teaching load, a 40% research load, and a 20% service load within the academic year. WSU Vancouver is part of the multi-campus Washington State University system. All campuses share a common accreditation and share the R1 Carnegie Classification. Colleges and Departments may have faculty located across multiple campuses. 

WSU Vancouver is an inclusive, innovative, non-residential research university dedicated to offering premier undergraduate and graduate educational and research experiences. Situated on 351 scenic acres, WSU Vancouver is in the homeland of the Chinookan and Taidnapam peoples and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. WSU Vancouver is located in Vancouver, Washington in the southwest region of Washington state. A part of the Portland, Oregon metro area, Vancouver offers a wealth of social justice, cultural and recreational interests including identity-specific community events, visual and performing arts, professional sports teams, farmers’ markets and nature trails. With a population of approximately 300,000, the Greater Vancouver area has been experiencing significant growth from an increase of diverse social identities to an expansion of the downtown waterfront community. Vancouver’s central location also facilitates access to a number of nearby attractions and metropolitan areas, including the Oregon coast, Cascade mountain range, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. 

WSU Vancouver’s strategic plan includes a commitment to equity; one of our goals in that area is to increase the success of our underrepresented students, particularly Latinx, Black, Native American, Pacific Islander and underrepresented Asian student populations with a goal of closing the opportunity gap in graduation rates of these groups. 

WSU Vancouver is one of four campuses that comprise Washington State University, Washington’s land-grant university and a Tier 1 research institution. As the second largest campus in the WSU system and the only public four-year educational institution in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver is an equity-minded campus that enjoys extraordinary community support and is committed to developing areas of academic and research excellence that fulfill regional needs. The campus currently offers 22 bachelor’s degrees, 9 master’s degrees, and 3 doctoral degrees with more than 100 tenure line faculty. A personal atmosphere, small classes, and interaction with world-class faculty attract 3,500 students. To learn more about the university visit www.vancouver.wsu.edu. 

Recognized by Insight Into Diversity Magazine as a top college for diversity, WSU Vancouver commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. WSU Vancouver is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourages applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and individuals who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our strategic goal of creating an equitable and inclusive community. The state of Washington prohibits discrimination in employment based on Race, Color, National Origin, Sex, Creed, Disability, Age, Marital Status, Sexual Orientation, and honorably discharged Veteran or Military status. 

Make a significant contribution to scholarship in the field of teacher education through maintaining active research and seeking external funding. Teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in the Bachelors and Masters in Teaching programs on topics in one or more of the following areas: instruction, curriculum, or assessment. Other responsibilities include advising students and chairing master’s committees; providing service to the university and to the profession at the local, state, and national levels; developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with colleagues within and across campuses, establishing connections with local school and district leaders throughout the region; demonstrating a commitment to diversity and social justice. 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Earned doctorate in teacher education or related field by the hire date and demonstrated experience in K-12 educational settings. Evidence of scholarly activity appropriate to rank. Candidates at the Associate level must have an established record of research, teaching, and service to meet WSU requirements for tenure. Candidates at the Assistant level must have evidence of scholarly activity and a clear research agenda situated in teacher education. 


  • Demonstrated experience with people from diverse backgrounds, particularly historically and currently marginalized student groups (e.g. students of color, emergent bilingual students, students living in poverty, immigrant/refugee students, students with disabilities, LGBTQ students, among others). 
  • Three or more years of teaching experience in K-12 public schools. 
  • Experience teaching in university teacher preparation programs. 
  • A research agenda that demonstrates a deep interest in how teachers learn and/or innovative practices in teacher preparation. 
  • Evidence of acquiring or seeking external funding. 
  • Record of (or potential for) establishing university-community partnerships. 

Applicants should apply online through WSU Human Resources at https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/48682 and be prepared to upload: 

  1. Letter of application addressing qualifications (2 page maximum);
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. A statement of teaching philosophy and interests (2 page maximum);
  4. A summary of research accomplishments and plans for future research (2 page maximum);
  5. Up to three representative reprints of published or in press papers;
  6. A statement on equity and diversity (guidelines found at https://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/sites/www.vancouver.wsu.edu/files/uploaded-files/equity-diversity-statement-guidelines.pdf);
  7. Three letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s history of and potential for research, teaching and communication excellence are required. The reference letters will be automatically and immediately requested and obtained from the reference provider through our online application system. 

Review of applications will begin Dec. 1, and will continue until the position is filled. Direct inquiries via email to Dr. Kristin Lesseig, Search Committee Chair, kristin.lesseig@wsu.edu. 

Washington State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action educator and employer. Members of historically and currently underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply. WSU is committed to excellence through diversity, has faculty friendly policies including a partner accommodation program, and a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant (www.excelinse.wsu.edu/). 

Search Committee: 

Kristin Lesseig, Chair
Richard Sawyer
Tamara Holmlund
Katherine Rodela
Tariq Akmal
Debra Barnett, Clerical Support