Assistant Professor - Safety and Health Management/Risk, Insurance, and Safety Management - Full-time / Part-time
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Central Washington University, located in Ellensburg, WA, seeks a nine-month, full time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor to teach in the Safety and Health Management (SHM) Program. CWU offers Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Safety and Health Management; Bachelor's and Applied Bachelor's degrees in Risk, Insurance, and Safety Management; and minors and certificates in both disciplines. The ideal candidate will have the expertise to teach across all the areas/programs with a mix of in-person and online courses. We seek an individual demonstrating dedication to innovation and excellence in teaching and a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. The goal of the program is to prepare students for careers in occupational safety and health, risk, and insurance management in the industrial, private business, construction, and public employment sectors of the economy. Faculty will integrate CWU's commitment to diversity in teaching, scholarship, and service, and create a learning environment that is welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all students.
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- Serve as the program coordinator for the BS-SHM program.
- Teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including but not limited to core occupational safety and health courses, risk management courses and 100-level courses in the University's general education program.
- Engage in curriculum revision and improvement that promotes student success, preparation of new courses or substantial revision of existing courses; ensure curriculum and underlying pedagogy is inclusive and promotes equity.
- Develop and carry out strategies to promote program growth. Recruit, engage, and mentor students from diverse communities.
- Maintain an active program of university-supported scholarship (research) leading to publication and formal presentations in the safety field, or leading to external funding recognizing the faculty member's current or potential contribution to his/her field.
- Participate in Program, Department, College, University and Community service.
- Assist in the recruitment of new SHM & RISM majors, and actively participate in the major application screening process.
- Provide academic advising for existing and prospective SHM/RISM students.
- Participate in program review, assessment, and accreditation activities.
- Support the student chapters, sections, or clubs associated with the programs.
- Recruit, engage, and mentor students from diverse communities.
- Participate in facilitating job opportunities for students by establishing and maintaining industry contacts, especially the insurance and risk management industry.
- Participate in the program's industry advisory council.
- Develop industry partnerships that promote inclusion and equity.
- Obtain and maintain relevant professional certifications.
- Perform other related duties as assigned to support the program and the department.
- Master's degree in Risk Management and Insurance, Occupational Safety and Health, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Health, Environmental Management, or strongly related area.
- Minimum five years of applied industry experience in risk management/ insurance, occupational safety and health, or industrial hygiene.
- Professional work experience, research, teaching, service, or other experience that has prepared the candidate to contribute to CWU's commitment to the engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse students.
- Strong background in Risk Management and Insurance.
- University-level teaching experience.
- Strong interpersonal communication and public speaking skills.
- Excellent organizational and management skills.
- Relevant certifications such as Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or similar certifications issued by nationally accredited credentialing bodies.
- Experience working in partnership with an industry advisory board and key external stakeholders in multiple industry sectors.
- Operational knowledge of applicable safety and health-related instruments and equipment.
- Experience teaching both online and in-person courses.
- An earned doctoral degree related to content area(s) of courses to be taught.
- Experience in program review and accreditation such as ABET.
- Experience working in a diverse environment and/or utilizing a variety of teaching methods designed for broad student success.
- Potential to mentor and educate students who will serve diverse populations.
- Experience in curriculum development and improvement that includes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
- Ability to incorporate multicultural perspectives and issues into curriculum and classroom conversations.
- Experience with a range of age levels, diverse populations, and rural settings.
- Demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students through teaching and/or mentoring activities.
- Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.
- Judgement: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.
- Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.
- Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
- Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create environment that supports and embraces diversity.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience
Appointment: Full-Time, Tenure-Track, 9 Month Appointment. Additional summer teaching may be available. Central Washington University is on the quarter system with appointments from mid-September through mid-June.
Benefits: CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance.
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