Faculty Opportunities

Breadcrumb

The Biology Department at Whittier College urgently needs Adjunct Professor(s) for Spring 2024.

Prospective candidates may apply to teach one or both courses starting in January 2024:

  • BIOL-ENVS 333: Insects and their Arthropod Relatives, with Lab (4 units)  
  • INTD 218 – Insects and People, Lecture Only (4 units)  

Salary Range: $2,000/credit
Reports to: Department Chair
Location/Department: Whittier College (Main Campus) / Academic Affairs

Qualifications

Instructors with a minimum of M.A., ABD, or PhD, and specializing in Ecology, Evolution, and/or Organismal Biology are preferred.

Course Descriptions

BIOL-ENVS 333 - Insects and their Arthropod Relatives

This course serves students majoring in Biology, Environmental Science, and related STEM fields.  It introduces students to the biology of insects, and familiar members of phylum Arthropoda, at an intermediate level. Topics span from basic to applied: morphology, physiology, taxonomy, phylogeny, ecology, and diversity.  The course also touches on the economic importance of arthropods in veterinary and human medicine, pest management and delivery of ecosystem services.  The laboratory component is mostly field activities, to sample and analyze community ecology of arthropods in the vicinity of Whittier College.

Class times: Lecture MWF, 10-10:50 am.  Laboratory: F, 1:30 – 4:20 pm.

Insects and People (INTD 218)

This is a popular course, serving students from all disciplines and majors on campus.  It is an introduction to insect diversity, physiology and behavior, and an examination of the interactions and connections between people and insects.  It covers, positives aspects such as the provision of valuable products and ecosystem services, and the negatives such as insects as vectors of diseases, pests and parasites of people, crops, livestock, and homes.

Class times: Lecture Tuesday & Thursday, 1:30-2:50 pm.

Application Deadline

Review of applications starts immediately, until the position is filled.

This is an in-person position based in Whittier, California.

If interested, email your curriculum Vita with cover letter to: Dr. David N. M. Mbora (dmbora@whittier.edu) or Carla Palagonia-Schwindt (cpalagon@whittier.edu). If you have taught similar courses, include course evaluations or relevant references from a teaching supervisor. If you have not taught similar courses before, explain in your qualifications to teach in the cover letter, e.g. relevant graduate courses you taken.

Whittier College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, religion creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law.

The Department of Child Development at Whittier College is looking for an Adjunct Professor for the Spring. 

Salary Range: $2,000/credit
Reports to: Department Chair
Location/Department: Whittier College (Main Campus)/Academic Affairs

The adjunct professor will teach the following courses in Spring 2024: 

  • CHDV 105- Introduction to Child Development ( 3 units)  
  • CHDV 250- Developmental  Psychopathology( 3 units) 
  • CHDV-390- Peer ( 3 units)  

Qualifications 

Adjunct instructors in Child Development are required to have a minimum of M.A. or equivalent in developmental psychology, early childhood education, human development, or a closely related field. ABD or PhD in these fields is preferred. 

Course Descriptions 

CHDV 105- Introduction to Child Development

Emphasizes major theories and principles of child development from the prenatal period through adolescence, including across different cultures. Introduces history, literature, and methodology of the study of children and adolescents from developmental perspectives. Critical reading and writing are required. 

CHDV 250- Developmental  Psychopathology 

The field of developmental psychopathology is the study of psychological problems in the context of human development. This class explores all areas of child psychopathology, including the origins and course of individual patterns of maladaptation. Course content will be organized around the major disorders that emerge during childhood and adolescence and will review classification, etiology, and developmental issues related to them. Current issues in treatment, education, and public policy will also be discussed and debated.
Class times: Mondays & Wednesdays from 3:00 PM to 4:20PM  

CHDV-390( Peers) 

This course will focus on theoretical perspectives that explain why peers are influential in children’s lives and the research that supports this focus. Readings will examine positive peer relationships (e.g., friendships and romantic relationships) as well as negative peer relationships (e.g., bullies and enemies) from early childhood through adolescence. We will review research on peer interactions, dyads, groups, diversity, and interventions and how those aspects of peer relationships influence development.
Class times: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:30PM to 2:50PM 

Application Deadline

Until the position is filled.

The position is based in Whittier, California. If you are interested in teaching this class, please email Nora Obregon (nobregon@whittier.edu) your curriculum vita. If you have taught similar courses, please include course evaluations or relevant references from a teaching supervisor. If you have not taught similar courses, please point out relevant background knowledge (including graduate courses) you have related to these specific courses in your email. Applications are currently being reviewed until filled. AA/EOE.

Whittier College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, religion creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law

The History Department at Whittier College is seeking an Assistant Professor in African-American U.S. history, with any period considered.

Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Exempt Status: Exempt
Hours: Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week
Full Time/Part Time status: full-time
Salary Range: $70,500-$75,500annually; Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge.

Individuals who work on the historical intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality and/or other identity categories are particularly welcomed, although we also welcome candidates who bring depth and expertise in new or emerging fields. Individuals with a history of, and commitment to, teaching and mentoring students from historically underrepresented groups, whose experience in teaching, research, community service, or life experience has prepared them to contribute to our dedication to diversity and equity, are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Responsibilities

A successful candidate will develop introductory as well as upper-division courses in areas that reflect their interests, and will also participate in teaching departmental seminars.

Qualifications

We seek a colleague with a clear commitment to engaging with undergraduates from a wide range of racial, class, gender, cultural, linguistic, and economic backgrounds, and who wants to teach in a liberal-arts setting, which means smaller classes, close academic mentoring of students, and continuous assessment and improvement of our teaching.  We also seek someone who is interested in collaboratively rethinking the curriculum of Whittier’s history major, and – since faculty at Whittier College are also scholars – who has an on-going and promising research agenda in their area of specialization and interest.  

Successful candidates will have the Ph.D. in hand by August 2024.  Candidates with teaching experience, whether as instructor or teaching assistant, are particularly welcomed. 

Application Deadline

Applicants should submit a letter of application (which describes relevant teaching and mentoring experiences, the dissertation and/or the most recent scholarly project, as well as other appropriate experiences), a brief statement of teaching philosophy, a c.v., a graduate transcript, and two letters of reference. Submit application materials on Interfolio

Review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

 

Whittier College is a nationally recognized, selective, independent liberal arts college with a diverse student body of approximately 1,200 undergraduates. The College is distinguished by its small size and innovative interdisciplinary programs.  The campus is located on a 95-acre hillside campus 18 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. We have a long history of commitment to equity, reflecting our Quaker origins, and our student body which mirrors the diversity of the region, making the college one of the most diverse liberal arts institutions in the country.  Whittier College adheres to the Family and Medical Leave Act/California Family Rights Act and provides tuition remission for dependents, spouses/domestic partners, and employees to support the needs of families.  In addition, Broadoaks School, established over a century ago, located on the Whittier College campus, has exemplary preschool through middle school programs, including before and after-school care.

Whittier College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, class, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law.

Whittier College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Computer Science and Mathematics to begin in September 2024.

Tenure Status: Tenured Track
Exempt Status: Exempt
Hours: Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week
Full-Time/Part-Time status: full-time
Salary Range: $75,000-$80,000 annually; Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will work in our Interdisciplinary Computer Science program, and teach courses such as Operating Systems, Computer Organization and Architecture, Data Structures and Algorithms, Computer Science I & II, Discrete Mathematics, and Calculus, and occasionally some service courses below the calculus level.

Qualifications

Applicants must have a PhD in Computer Science or related field, such as Mathematics or Applied Mathematics (ABD considered if PhD will be completed by Sept. 2024). 

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. Interest in teaching interdisciplinary courses such as our campus-wide First Year Seminar is also highly desirable. The department is seeking outstanding candidates with a clear commitment to supporting equity and inclusion among the faculty, student population, and the majors in Computer Science and Mathematics. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and equity. Individuals with a history of and commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience in mentoring women and people of color in STEM fields is desired. Women and people of color are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline

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 on Interfolio.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled; applications received before Dec. 1, 2023, will receive full consideration.

 

Whittier College is committed to attracting and retaining a high-quality, diverse faculty with a shared passion for student-centered teaching and mentoring. Whittier is distinguished by its small class sizes, high-impact pedagogies, and innovative liberal arts curriculum blended with professional and pre-professional programs. Whittier is a nationally recognized model for diversity with over 60% students of color and designated as an HSI, MSI, and AANAPISI. Founded in 1887, Whittier College is an independent, four-year liberal arts college and is ideally situated in the scenic hills 18 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

Whittier College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, religion creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law.

Whittier College’s Art & Visual Studies department is accepting applications for a tenure-track line in Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design, beginning August 2024. 

Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Exempt Status: Exempt
Hours: Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week
Full Time/Part Time status: full-time
Salary Range: $75,000-$80,000 annually; Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge.

We seek a colleague with enthusiasm for developing an innovative and forward-thinking curriculum for students at one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will teach five courses per year, will serve as an academic advisor, will serve on college-wide committees, and will help the department in supporting the graphic design track.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have teaching experience, substantial professional design experience, a strong portfolio, and an MFA in hand. In addition to covering topics such as graphic design, typography, and brand identity design, the ideal candidate will be able to teach in at least one of the following fields: web design, digital illustration, motion graphics, and animation. 

There are ample opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations across campus, and we encourage candidates who might want to partner with our colleagues from other fields. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and equity. Individuals with a history of and commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline

Applicants should submit a letter of interest that addresses the following points: 1) ability to teach courses in graphic design, typography, and brand identity; 2) ability to teach courses in other areas (e.g. web design, digital illustration, motion design, etc.); 3) professional experience in design; 4) experience in teaching to diverse learners. In addition to the letter, please also submit a CV; a statement of teaching philosophy; a professional portfolio or link to a portfolio site; a portfolio of student work or a link to a student work site; the names, titles, and contact information of three references (we will only contact the references of candidates in the final round). All application materials should be submitted through Interfolio.

For full consideration, all materials should be submitted by December 31, 2023, though the position will remain open until filled.

Whittier College, a four-year, designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Liberal Arts College distinguished by its small size and its nationally recognized liberal arts program invites applications for Tenure Track Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, specializing in biochemistry, beginning August 2024.

Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Exempt Status: Exempt
Hours: Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week
Full Time/Part Time status: full-time
Salary Range: $74,000 - $75,000 annually; Salary commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge.
Reports to: Department Chair
Location/Department: Whittier College (Main Campus)/Academic Affairs

Responsibilities

The Department of Chemistry seeks an outstanding candidate whose experience in teaching, research, advising, and service to the Department and College has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and equity. The Department is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with STEM students from diverse backgrounds and have a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from marginalized identities. The faculty member will have the opportunity to teach undergraduate biochemistry lab and lecture, courses that contribute to the liberal arts curriculum, and selected courses in chemistry at the introductory and advanced levels. Whittier College prides itself on inclusive, hands-on teaching of undergraduates and engagement with students in undergraduate research.

Position Specifications and Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants are expected to have or have completed by August 2024 a Ph.D. in biochemistry. The applicant should be able to show evidence of successful teaching, potential for a successful research agenda, and effective communication skills. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ralph Isovitsch, Chair of the Chemistry Department at risovitsch@whittier.edu.

Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed starting 12/1/2023.

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 (no more than two pages each); curriculum vitae; evidence of effective teaching; and three letters of recommendation.  All application materials and letters of support should be uploaded to Interfolio. For full consideration, all materials need to be submitted by 12/1/2023

The position is based in Whittier, California.  

Whittier College invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Theatre, Film, and Communication Arts.

The Department of Theatre, Film, and Communication Arts at Whittier College, a private liberal arts institution located in Los Angeles County, seeks a collaborative educator to serve as a faculty member and designer in the areas of scenic design and entertainment technologies. This is a full-time, tenure-track position that will teach 3-4 courses per year in addition to designing 3-4 department productions. Contributions to First Year Experience and the Liberal Arts Education Curriculum are expected. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and equity. Individuals with a history of and commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The Department of Theatre, Film and Communication Arts produces 3-4 productions per year, in the 403-seat, court-style, Robinson Theatre of the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, and an additional 1-2 faculty or student-led productions mounted in our 99-seat Studio Theatre.  

Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Exempt Status: Exempt
Hours: Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week
Full-Time/Part-Time status: Full-time
Salary Range: $74,000-$75,500 annually; Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge.
Reports to: Department Chair
Location/Department: Whittier College (Main Campus)/Academic Affairs

Position Specifications and Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates will have an MFA in theatre, earned by August 2024, with demonstrated experience in taking productions from concept to realization. Experience teaching in a college or university and designing within academic and/or professional settings are necessary. A successful candidate will develop introductory as well as upper-division courses for the Design and Technology Emphasis of the major.

Application Deadline

Until the position is filled 

The position is based in Whittier, California. To apply, please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a teaching philosophy addressing effective teaching and collaboration, a design statement expressing your vision as a design artist and practitioner, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and a list of three references. Review of materials will begin January 15, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Submit application materials on Interfolio.

The Department of Kinesiology at Whittier College invites applications for a one-year Lecturer position beginning August 2024.

Tenure Status: Not Tenured Track
Exempt Status: Exempt
Hours: Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week
Full-Time/Part-Time status: full-time
Salary Range: $65,000 annually; Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge. 

Responsibilities

The faculty member will teach undergraduate courses in exercise physiology, nutrition, introduction to kinesiology, and other courses in the department that may include social issues in sport or research methods and statistics, and courses that meet the interdisciplinary component of the curriculum.  

Qualifications

M.S. or M.A. in kinesiology, exercise physiology or a closely related field; a strong background in exercise physiology; successful teaching experience; and effective communication skills.  Preferred qualification includes Ph.D. in kinesiology, exercise physiology or a closely related field.  

Application Deadline

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 uploaded to Interfolio.  For full consideration, all materials need to be submitted by November 3, 2023.  

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 (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.

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% of students of color, Whittier is designated as both an HSI and AANAPISI.  Founded in 1887, it is an independent, four-year liberal arts college with about 850 undergraduates and is ideally located in the scenic hills 18 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.  It is an AA/EOE employer.  More information on the position is available at www.whittier.edu/jobs.

The Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at Whittier College invites applications for a full-time Lecturer position in Latinx Studies to teach seven courses, four in the Fall 2023 semester and three in Spring 2024.

Salary Range: $58,000-$60,000 annually; Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge.

The full-time Lecturer will teach the following courses:

Fall Semester

  • Introduction to Latinx Studies (in English)
  • Spanish for Heritage Speakers, Literatura Chicana
  • Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition (all in Spanish)

Spring Semester

  • Latino Literature and Cultural Production (in English)
  • Survey of Latin American Literature II
  • Intermediate Spanish (all in Spanish)

Excellent teaching skills are expected. This position is for in-person instruction. Fall instruction starts August 23, 2023, and Spring instruction starts January 16, 2024.

Qualifications

Ph.D. in Latinx Studies or Spanish (or related field) preferred/ABD considered; native or near-native fluency in Spanish and English; evidence of successful teaching; excellent communication skills.
 

Application Deadline

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, sample teaching evaluations and/or evidence of teaching effectiveness, and arrange for submission of three confidential letters of recommendation to: Department Chair K. Berthel (kberthel@whittier.edu) and Professor of Spanish Doreen O’Connor-Gómez (doconnor@whittier.edu). Application review will begin in late June and will continue until the position is filled.
 
Whittier College is an independent, four-year Liberal Arts College distinguished by its small size 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.

Whittier College is committed to attracting and retaining a high quality, diverse faculty with a shared passion for student-centered teaching and mentoring. 

Distinguished by small class sizes, high-impact pedagogies, and an innovative liberal arts curriculum, it is a nationally recognized model for inclusion and diversity. With over 65% students of color, Whittier is both an HSI and AANAPISI. Founded in 1887, it is an independent, four-year liberal arts college with about 1,700 undergraduates, ideally situated in the scenic hills 18 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

Whittier College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, religion creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law.