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Ellensburg, Washington
United States
Job Categories:
EH&S Professor
Industrial Hygiene Professor
Safety Professor
Industry Segments:
Academic/Educational sector
Experience level:
6-10 years
Education level:
Master's Degree

Assistant Professor/Associate Professor - Safety & Health Management

Position Description:
This is a full-time, academic year, tenure-track, Assistant Professor / Associate Professor appointment in the Safety and Health Management (SHM) Program. Located at the main campus in Ellensburg, Washington, this program awards a Bachelor of Science degree in Safety and Health Management. We seek an individual demonstrating dedication to 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 management in the industrial, private business, construction, and public employment sectors of the economy.


  • Teach SHM courses at the undergraduate level. The SHM Program courses cover: systems safety and design, risk management, insurance, emergency planning, fleet safety, building and facility safety, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, construction safety, manufacturing safety, agriculture safety, environmental management, and hazardous materials management.
  • Maintain an active program of university-supported scholarship.
  • Participate in university and community service.
  • Assist in the recruitment of new SHM majors, and actively participate in the SHM major application screening process.
  • Provide academic advising for existing and prospective SHM students.
  • Assist the SHM program director to continually improve the SHM Program curriculum.
  • Support potential proposal development for an online Master of Science Program in SHM.
  • Participate in program review and accreditation activities.
  • Support the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Student Section.
  • Serve as a resource for students seeking scholarships.
  • Play an active role in facilitating job opportunities for students by establishing and maintaining industry contacts.
  • Play an active role in the program’s industry advisory council.
  • Obtain and maintain professional safety-related certifications.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned to support the SHM program.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Occupational Safety and Health, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Health, Environmental Management, or strongly related areas.
  • Minimum five years of applied, industry experience in risk management, occupational safety and health, or industrial hygiene.
  • Experience and demonstrated commitment to diversity
  • Strong writing skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong background in Risk Management / System Safety.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and public speaking skills.
  • Excellent organizational and management skills.
  • An earned doctoral degree related to content area(s) of courses to be taught. However, ABD candidates with a clear dissertation defense schedule will be considered.
  • Occupational safety and health-related certifications such as Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Certified Industrial Hygiene (CIH), or similar certifications issued by nationally accredited credentialing bodies.
  • 10+ years applied/industrial experience in general industry/manufacturing.
  • Three or more years of experience in post-secondary education teaching.
  • Operational knowledge of applicable safety and health-related instruments and equipment.
  • Experience in program review and accreditation such as ABET.
  • Experience working in partnership with an industry advisory council and key external stakeholders in multiple industry sectors.
  • Entrepreneurial drive to assist with development of the Central Safety Center.
  • Holds multiple “train-the-trainer” safety certifications.

To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach: 

  • A detailed cover letter clearly demonstrating how your education and experience: (a) meet the required (and, as applicable, preferred) qualifications, (b) demonstrate the ability to perform the responsibilities as described by the posting, (c) detail how teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic fields (applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further CWU’s commitment to diversity) ;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy;
  • Summary of related field and work experience (Attachment Type: Other);
  • Names, addresses, and phone numbers of three or more current references; and
  • Copy of transcripts for highest degree held;

Applications accepted online by clicking the "Apply for this job" link above referencing the Job ID: 978. Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Direct inquiries to search committee chair: Dr. Sathy Rajendran 509-963-1152. 

Central Washington University is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity/Title IX employer committed to providing employment opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Persons of disability may request accommodation during the application and/or interview process through Disability Services (Phone: 509-963-2214 Email: [email protected])

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