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. 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Visiting Assistant Professor and Mathematics Lecturer


The Biology Department at Whittier College is accepting applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor appointment in Biology starting September 2015. Candidate must have broad training in biology, and demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate teaching excellence. Whittier College is a residential four-year liberal arts institution that prepares students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society.  Inspired by a Quaker heritage, the Whittier education equips students to be active citizens and effective communicators who embrace diversity and act with integrity.  The Biology Department seeks to provide broad training in the Biological Sciences, preparing students for a variety of careers including within the education, research, health, or business sectors.

Teaching Obligations: This one-year, full-time visiting position will be responsible for teaching General Biology, Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology, and an upper-level biology course, preferably in the area of Cell and Molecular Biology.

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation to Hector Valenzuela, Chair, Biology Department, Whittier College, 13406 E. Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA 90608. Inquiries and submissions via email (to hvalenzu@whittier.edu and  vtriay@whittier.edu) are encouraged. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions is filled.

Whittier College is an equal opportunity employer, affirms the values and goals of diversity, and strongly encourages applications from women and candidates from groups historically underrepresented in higher education.


The Department of Education and Child Development has a tradition of preparing highly qualified elementary, secondary, and special education teachers.  Offerings include undergraduate studies in child development, and graduate studies in elementary, secondary, and special education, including several credential programs and Master of Arts degree program.

We are seeking a teacher-scholar committed to innovative teacher education in a student-centered liberal arts college.  Because we serve a student body and larger community that is diverse in many ways, we are serious about seeking qualified candidates who have a strong, demonstrated commitment to teaching and teacher education centered around constructivist and reflective pedagogy, to teaching college students of diverse backgrounds, and to preparing future teachers to work effectively with diverse students, parents, and communities.


  • Ph.D. in Education
  • Successful K-12 teaching experience in culturally/linguistically diverse public schools (secondary teaching experience preferred, but others will be considered).
  • Evidence of experience and commitment to teaching college students of diverse backgrounds, and preparing teachers for diverse student populations.
  • Ability to teach research methods at the graduate level.

Applications should include a statement of the candidate’s philosophy of teaching, and conception of the well-educated teacher in a culturally/linguistically diverse society, as well as an application letter, curriculum vita, transcripts, a dissertation abstract, and three letters of reference.  Address applications to Dr. Ivannia Soto-Hinman, Department of Education & Child Development, Whittier College, 13406 Philadelphia Street, P.O. Box 634, Whittier, CA 90608. Inquiries can be sent to isotohinman@whittier.edu.

A review of files will begin December 5, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. AA/EO Employer


Whittier College invites applications from interested and qualified candidates for (A) one two-year, full-time visiting assistant professor position in Mathematics and (B) one two-year, full-time lecturer position in Mathematics to begin in September 2015. The lecturer position may be renewable.

Teaching experience at the undergraduate level is essential, and expertise in using innovative teaching methods and technologies is highly desirable.  The usual visiting teaching load is 24 hours per year. The lecturer's teaching load is 20 hours per year, but also includes administrative responsibilities and oversight over our blended-learning courses and our blended-learning space.  We seek candidates who are eager to teach undergraduates in a diverse liberal arts environment.

Applicants for the visiting assistant professor position should have a Ph.D. in mathematics or statistics. We will be considering applicants from all specialties, but will look favorably on the desire and ability to teach subjects such as numerical analysis, mathematical modeling, probability and statistics, and introductory computer science. The successful candidate will be eager to teach courses from the full range of undergraduate mathematics while maintaining contact with his or her own research.  The ability to involve undergraduates in research is a plus. We are also interested in candidates who are excited by the prospect of developing new, possibly interdisciplinary, courses in applied mathematics.

Applicants for the lecturer position must have at least a masters degree in mathematics or statistics. We will be considering applicants from all specialties, but will look favorably on the desire and ability to teach blended learning courses in college algebra and to develop a blended learning course in statistics. The lecturer will also teach non-blended-learning courses up to calculus and may have the opportunity to teach advanced mathematics courses in their area of expertise. In addition, the lecturer hires, assigns, and supervises the student graders and oversees the blended learning space. The lecturer position may be renewable after two years.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the positions are filled. Please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference to Mathematics Search Committee, Department of Mathematics, Whittier College, P.O. Box 634, Whittier, CA  90608.  Questions about the search may be directed to mathsearch@whittier.edu.

Whittier College is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.