Job Opening: Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor, History, Western Washington University

Institution Type: College / University
Location: Washington, United States
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor

One-Year Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor – Japan

Department of History


One-year Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor of History beginning on September 16, 2018, through June 15, 2019.  The position is open to historians of Japan.


The successful candidate will teach seven courses over three quarters.


Required:             ABD and the ability to teach HIST 280–Introduction to East Asian Civilizations, HIST 374–Premodern Japanese history, and upper-level courses in the history of Japan.

Preferred:            A Ph.D. in the history of Japan. Candidates who show promise as a teacher and ability to work effectively with a diverse campus community.


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 85,000 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.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; benefits eligible.

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 (PageUp).

Required application materials: (1) letter of application; (2) graduate transcript; (3) C.V.; (4) a pre-modern East Asian history survey (HIST 280, which covers material to roughly 1600) and an upper-level Japanese history course; and (5) three confidential letters of reference.  The Western PageUp application system will automatically send out the requests for confidential letters to your references.

For general questions contact the Department Administrator Jennie Huber at (360) 650-3457 or email

Apply online at

Application review begins June 25, 2018; position is open until filled. 

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);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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