Faculty Opportunities

Whittier College is an independent, four-year liberal arts college distinguished by its small size (1600 undergraduates) and a nationally-recognized liberal arts program. Whittier College has a history of strong and innovative interdisciplinary programs and a diverse student body. The College is ideally situated in the scenic hills eighteen miles east of downtown Los Angeles and is an AA/EOE employer. 


ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF BIOMECHANICS (TENURE - TRACK)

Whittier College invites applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Science beginning September 2017.  The faculty member will teach undergraduate courses in biomechanics, research methods and courses that meet the interdisciplinary component of the curriculum.  In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to supervise senior seminar projects and lead undergraduate research in biomechanics.  The minimum qualifications for the position include:  Ph.D. in Kinesiology, biomechanics or a closely-related field (ABD considered if degree finished by Sept. 2017); a strong background in biomechanics; successful teaching experience; achievements in scholarly research; and effective communication skills. 

Whittier College is an independent, four-year Liberal Arts College distinguished by its small size and its nationally recognized liberal arts program.  As a liberal arts college, Whittier is also distinctive by having a strong Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Science (KNS) that is well respected within the College and has the second largest number of majors on campus.  The KNS major has been designed to fit within the context of the liberal arts program and allows for creativity in course content and design.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest addressing educational experiences that correspond to the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description; brief research and teaching statements; curriculum vitae; evidence of effective teaching; and the names and contact information of three individuals from whom you have requested confidential letters of recommendation.  All application materials and letters of support should be electronically (PDFs preferred) submitted to kbarlow@whittier.edu, Chair of the Department of KNS.

 For full consideration, all materials need to be submitted by October 10, 2016.


ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS (TENURE - TRACK)

We invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning fall 2017. The position includes teaching one section of Intermediate Macroeconomics, multiple sections of Principles of Macroeconomics, and multiple electives within the candidate's area of expertise. Candidates with a primary teaching and research specialization in Macroeconomics and secondary specialization(s) in the area(s) of International Finance or Health, Education and Welfare are particularly encouraged to apply. The teaching load is 3/3 or equivalent. We seek applicants who are committed to excellence in teaching, who can contribute to the College’s general education program and to interdisciplinary programs, who possess the potential for research productivity, and who are interested in involving undergraduates in their research agenda.

Please submit a cover letter; CV; job market paper; statement of research agenda; summary of teaching evaluations; statement of teaching philosophy; and unofficial graduate transcripts. Additionally, please arrange for the confidential submission of three letters of recommendation.

The deadline for complete applications is November 17, 2016. Please direct inquiries to econsearch@whittier.edu.


ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE (TENURE - TRACK)

Whittier College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Mathematics and Computer Science to begin in September 2017.

Applicants must have a PhD in mathematics and a Master's degree (or the equivalent) in computer science, or vice versa (ABD considered if PhD will be completed by Sept. 2017). The successful candidate will teach courses serving our newly created interdisciplinary Computer Science program, such as Operating Systems, Networking, Computer Architecture and Compilers, Data Structures and Algorithms, Introduction to Computer Science, Discrete Mathematics, Linear Algebra, and Calculus, as well as some mathematics service courses below the calculus level.

Candidates will be judged primarily on their teaching ability and their dedication to close interaction and research with undergraduates. Student advising and committee work are also expected and valued. Strong interest in the small liberal arts college environment is a plus. Interest in teaching interdisciplinary courses such as Freshman Writing or Science and Society is also highly desirable. The successful candidate will participate in establishing the new interdisciplinary Computer Science major, which will be anchored by two departments, Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy, in Whittier College's brand new Science and Learning Center.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of effective teaching, unofficial graduate transcripts, and three confidential letters of reference sent by the references to mathsearch@whittier.edu, (PDFs preferred) or to

ATTN: Math Search
Department of Mathematics
Whittier College
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA 90608-0634

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2016, (for full consideration, complete applications must be in by Dec. 15, 2016). Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.


ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY (TENURE - TRACK)

Whittier College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Experimental Physics & Electrical/Electronics Engineering within the Department of Physics and Astronomy starting September 2017.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics with a strong background in electronics, or a Ph.D. in Electrical/Electronics Engineering with a strong background in physics (ABD considered). Excellence in teaching as well as active research involving undergraduates is essential. The successful candidate should be able to teach introductory physics courses, modern physics, an electronics course emphasizing circuit design and computer logic, in addition to other upper-level courses. A willingness to teach interdisciplinary courses such as Science and Society or Freshman Writing is also highly desirable. Candidates will be judged primarily on their teaching ability and their dedication to close interaction with undergraduates. Student advising and committee work are also expected. The successful candidate will participate in establishing a new interdisciplinary Computer Science major, and will have an office and laboratory space in the brand new Science and Learning Center.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, CV, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of effective teaching, a research plan that can involve undergraduates, and unofficial graduate transcripts to physics-search@whittier.edu. Also arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent by the references to the same address. PDFs preferred for all materials.

For full consideration, complete applications must be received by Dec. 15, 2016. Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.


ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE IN AMERICAN POLITICS

Whittier College announces a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Political Science position in American Politics beginning Fall 2017.

We are particularly interested in the following areas: American politics and political methodology as well as courses in one or more of the following: women’s studies, minority politics, environmental studies, and/or state and local politics emphasizing California.

Candidates should have earned a Ph.D. prior to September 2017 (ABD considered). The successful candidate will demonstrate potential for outstanding teaching and excellence in scholarship. The Political Science Department has five full-time faculty and approximately 90 majors. Faculty members teach six courses and are expected to teach college-wide courses such as Freshman Writing Seminars and/or courses paired with faculty in other disciplines as part of our general education program. In addition, all faculty must be fully engaged in committee service and advisement of students.

Review of completed applications will begin September 25, 2016 (for full consideration, complete applications must be in by October 10 2016). Please email (PDFs preferred) a letter of application that includes a reference to teaching philosophy and research interests; a curriculum vitae; a summary of course evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness; unofficial transcripts; and at least three confidential letters of recommendation sent by the references to Michael J. McBride at mmcbride@whittier.edu. Paper application and reference letters can be sent to Professor Michael J. McBride, Chair, Political Science Department; Whittier College; 13406 Philadelphia St.; Whittier, CA 90601.


ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES IN NEUROSCIENCE (TENURE - TRACK)

Whittier College seeks an Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences in Neuroscience (Tenure - Track) beginning Fall 2017. Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in Psychology prior to September 2017. 

Regular teaching includes Biological Psychology each semester, Sensation & Perception Laboratory and another Neuroscience Laboratory taught on a rotating basis. Candidates are also expected to teach on a rotating basis core departmental courses including the senior capstone experience (Literature Review Seminar and Senior Presentation), and courses that fulfill college interdisciplinary general education requirements (First-Year Writing and a Science & Society course). Candidates will receive teaching credit for Research Practicum each semester for involving undergraduate students in their research program. The teaching load for the academic year is 20 credits, including teaching responsibilities during each of the 14-week Fall and Spring semesters as well as the intensive 3-week January interim session.

The Department of Psychological Sciences includes 6 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty lines, and currently serves approximately 150 Psychology majors as well as numerous students in other related fields. The department is housed within the newly renovated, state of the art Science and Learning Center, with a designated Neuroscience laboratory space. Candidates will be expected to develop a program of neuroscience research in their area of expertise that involves undergraduate research assistants. In addition to teaching and research responsibilities, faculty at Whittier College are responsible for academic advising of students and service on college committees.

Whittier College is committed to attracting and retaining a high quality, diverse faculty with a shared passion for student-centered teaching and mentoring.  It is distinguished by its small class sizes, high-impact pedagogies, and innovative liberal arts curriculum blended with professional and pre-professional programs. It is a nationally recognized model for diversity and has no racial majority among its student body.  With over 60% students of color, Whittier is designated as both an HSI and AANAPISI. 

Review of completed applications will begin October 15, 2016 (for full consideration, complete applications must be in by November 1, 2016). Email (as PDFs preferred) curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, evidence of effective teaching, sample syllabi, unofficial transcripts of all graduate work, and at least three confidential letters of recommendation sent by the references. ABD candidates should ask dissertation advisors to indicate an anticipated completion date for all doctoral requirements. All application materials and letters of recommendation should be electronically submitted to Dr. Ayesha Shaikh, Search Committee chair, at ashaikh@whittier.edu.


ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK (TENURE - TRACK)

Whittier College and the Department of Social Work seek a tenure-track faculty member with expertise in organizational and community theory and practice, policy development, analysis, and application to practice. 

The preferred Social Work faculty candidate will have completed an MSW in Social Work from a CSWE accredited program and a minimum of two years practice experience with macro settings, which include, but are not limited to organizational settings, communities, policy analysis, and development. Candidates who have completed an MSW, and either a D.S.W. or a Ph.D. in social work or a related field will be most competitive; candidates who have attained ABD status will also be considered. The faculty member must be an excellent teacher, dedicated advisor to undergraduate students, contribute with service to the College, participate in the program’s ongoing compliance with CSWE accreditation standards, and demonstrate an active professional scholarship.  

The selected faculty member will teach 20 credits per academic year with opportunities for community partnerships that enhance social work education and digital technology as part of academic instruction. Teaching is distributed over fall and spring semesters, in addition to a January Term.  The Department of Social Work offers a baccalaureate degree accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.  More than 80% of social work majors represent diverse identities underrepresented in higher education.

For full consideration, complete applications should be received by October 15, 2016.   Applicants should email (PDF preferred) curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching success, sample syllabi, unofficial transcripts of all graduate work, and direct at least three confidential reference letters affirming academic and practice expertise to psheridan@whittier.edu.


BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (ACCOUNTING)

Thank you for showing interest in the Business Administration (Accounting) position at Whittier College. Please check back soon for further details and information regarding the position and application process. 

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