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. 


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.


The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Science (KNS) at Whittier College invites applications for a full-time visiting assistant professor in the area of nutrition science for the 2016-2017 academic year.  The faculty member will teach undergraduate courses required for the minor in nutrition. Specific courses include Fundamentals of Nutrition, Community Nutrition, Global Nutrition, and Diet & Disease. Course load will be distributed by teaching three courses in both the fall and spring semesters and one intensive course taught during the three-week January term.  We are particularly interested in applicants who have prior college teaching experience as a Registered Dietitian or completed a Ph.D. (ABD will be considered) in nutrition, dietetics or a related field.  

 As a liberal arts college, we are  distinctive by having a strong Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Science that is well respected within the College and has the second largest number of majors on campus.  Whittier College has a history of strong and innovative interdisciplinary programs and a very diverse student body with over 60% students of color. 

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest addressing educational experiences that correspond to the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description; brief teaching statement, curriculum vitae; 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 submitted to kbarlow@whittier.edu, Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Science. For full consideration of this position, all materials need to be submitted by August 24, 2016. The position will remain open until filled.