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Director - Internet Studies Center

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington 98225
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About the Position: The Director of the Internet Studies Center (ISC) provides leadership and vision to the Center, teaches courses in the Computer Science Department, advises and mentors ISC students, and situates the center for long-term success in support of the University’s mission.


About the Center and Department: The Internet Studies Center is a multi-disciplinary program founded in 1999 and housed in the Computer Science Department. The program has two major components:

1)      Curriculum that allows students majoring in a variety of disciplines to pursue three certificates (E-commerce developer, Web Content Developer, Web Programmer) and a minor. The ISC currently serves about 40 students per year in this capacity. See for more information. The Director of ISC will primarily contribute to this component.

2)      Cybersecurity and Privacy Initiative (CPI) serves as the focal point for education, interdisciplinary study and outreach in cybersecurity and privacy. The Director of the Computer and Information Systems Security Program leads CPI efforts; however, the Director of ISC will collaborate on these efforts.

The Computer Science Department has been growing over the last several years to meet increasing student demand and state needs. The department has recently hired several new faculty in areas such as cybersecurity, human-computer interaction, machine learning, parallel computing, bioinformatics, and computer science education. We support Western’s mission to bring 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. Specifically, the Computer Science Department is committed to creating opportunities for and supporting the success of those typically underrepresented in the field of computing. Thus, we welcome applications from diverse candidates interested in this position.

About the University: Western Washington University is comprised of about 15,000 students and is recognized as the top public masters-granting university in the Pacific Northwest by US News & World Report. Western is also one of the top masters-granting institutions in terms of the number of its undergraduates who go on to earn a PhD.

Western Washington University is located in scenic Bellingham, Washington, a town of about 80,000 residents nestled between the mountains of the North Cascades and the waters of Puget Sound. Recreational opportunities abound nearby including biking, skiing, hiking, sailing, kayaking, and mountaineering. Bellingham is roughly 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and 90 miles north of Seattle, Washington, each with a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere and home to many leading technology companies.


Duties of the Director of ISC

  • Ensure that the ISC is successfully operating and meeting department and campus needs, while providing vision for the ISC’s future role and sustained success
  • Teach two computer science classes quarterly as assigned by the department chair (e.g. CSCI 102 Computer Mediated Communications, CSCI 202 Dynamic Web Pages, CSCI 330 Database Systems, CSCI 342 Web Scripting, CSCI 442 Advanced Web Programming)
  • Supervise internships for students pursuing ISC certificates
  • Advise students pursuing ISC Certificates and minors
  • Continuously improve the curriculum and ensure high standards are kept while working closely with other academic programs (e.g. Management Information Systems, Design, Communication, Journalism, English)
  • Facilitate interactions between faculty in computer science and faculty in other disciplines and/or local industry
  • Recruit students to the ISC
  • Promote the ISC (e.g. at career fairs, via publications)
  • Follow industry needs, track job availability for graduates, and monitor alumni career paths
  • Serve as a resource for web technologies for the Computer Science Department


Minimum Qualifications:

  • M.S. in Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology or related field
  • Demonstrated technical proficiency in a variety of web and/or mobile technologies (e.g. Java, JavaScript, CSS, Ruby, Node.js, HTML5, jQuery mobile)
  • Successful leadership experience with demonstrated ability to build relationships across the university and with community partners
  • Evidence of successful teaching
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate real world concepts and skills into the curriculum
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues
  • Strong oral and written communication skills


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology or related field.
  • Professional technical experience in various settings (e.g. application program interfaces, graphical user interfaces, enterprise applications, relational databases, Unix server administration, project management, security)
  • Experience with active learning
  • Experience with online education
  • Commitment to student success
  • Commitment to support the Computer Science Department’s efforts to address issues affecting underrepresented students in a technical field


Application Instructions and Requested Documents: To be considered for the position, application materials must be submitted via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE). Please log in at


Candidates must upload the following: (1) a letter of application addressing all of the required qualifications as well as any relevant preferred qualifications, (2) curriculum vita including the names and contact information for three references, and (3) a teaching statement that includes evidence of teaching effectiveness. Finalists may be asked to provide copies of transcripts as well as further evidence of effective teaching.


Please address any questions about the position to Perry Fizzano, Chair of the Computer Science Department at


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. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity & 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).


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