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 invites applications for an Instructor to support Title V initiatives to increase the retention and graduation rates of STEM majors. Whittier is a vibrant, diverse, four-year college distinguished by its small size and a nationally-recognized liberal arts program. The College has a history of strong and innovative interdisciplinary programs and experiential learning, service, and leadership. Located in the heart of Southern California between Los Angeles and Orange County, Whittier College is one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, serving students not only of different ethnic and geographic heritage, but also of a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds.

Reporting to the Title V Project Director and the Faculty Leads, the candidate will be responsible for the development and implementation of courses focused on increasing the graduation and retention rates of Hispanic and other underrepresented students.  The Title V Instructor is a four-year contractual position, contingent upon the annual renewal of Title V federal funding and satisfactory performance.

Essential Job Functions
The candidate will help develop the proficiencies of our STEM students and prepare them for careers in health fields through the following activities:

  • teaching an interdisciplinary STEM course that introduces students to the chemical and physical principles that underlie biological systems,
  • teaching a follow-up seminar course to ensure students are maximizing their potential in their science courses,
  • teaching a Human Anatomy and Physiology course series for students focused on health professions, and
  • collaborating with the Program Director, Faculty Leads, Pre-Health Advisor, Center for Advising and Academic Success, and Center for Career and Professional Development to promote the retention and graduation of STEM majors.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Ph.D. or MA/MS in a STEM area with significant teaching experience
  • Strong background in anatomy and physiology
  • Proficiency in general chemistry and physics
  • STEM teaching experience at an undergraduate level

Application Procedure and Timeline
Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief statement of teaching philosophy, and three confidential letters of recommendation sent directly from the reference to: vtriay@whittier.edu. Applications must be received by Monday February 29 for full consideration.  The position start date is September 2016.


Whittier College has two openings for Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Business Administration beginning September 2016, specifically in the areas of accounting, marketing, or business law.  The ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D. in a business discipline, or masters in business administration (MBA) in addition to other relevant certifications such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Juris Doctor (JD).  In addition to the academic requirements, preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate prior business and teaching experience, and to candidates who are able to cover more than one business subject such as accounting, marketing, or business law. Teaching excellence is of primary importance as the new faculty member will teach twenty-four semester credits per academic year.  

Whittier College is an independent, four-year Liberal Arts College distinguished by its small size (1600 undergraduates) and a nationally recognized liberal arts program.  As a liberal arts college, Whittier College is also distinctive by having a strong Department of Business Administration that is well respected within the College and has the largest number of students on campus. The business administration major has been designed to fit within the context of the liberal arts and allows for creativity in course content and design.  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. 

Interested candidates should submit their resume of qualifications and other supporting materials via e-mail to BSADTP2@whittier.edu.  The Business Administration Department will review the submitted applications beginning on February 28, 2016. The position will remain open until filled.



One-year position starting September 2016 in an ACS-approved department. Ph.D. in chemistry required, but we will also consider a candidate who has achieved ABD status. Excellence in teaching and commitment to the liberal arts are essential qualifications.  Teaching responsibilities will include Quantitative Analysis, General Chemistry, and a course that meets the College’s liberal education program. 

Send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and have three references send confidential letters to Devin Iimoto: diimoto@whittier.edu. Position open until filled; review starts 3/7/2016.  Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Whittier College is an AA/EO employer.


Whittier College invites applications from interested and qualified candidates for two one-year full-time visiting assistant professor or instructor positions in Mathematics to begin in September 2016.

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. We seek candidates who are enthusiastic about teaching undergraduates in a diverse liberal arts environment.

Applicants for the positions should have a Ph.D. in mathematics or statistics. Candidates with a master's degree with extensive experience teaching at the undergraduate level will be given full consideration for appointment at the rank of visiting instructor. Applicants from all specialties will be considered, but the desire and ability to teach introductory statistics is a necessity. The successful candidate will be eager to teach courses from the full range of lower division mathematics while maintaining contact with his or her own research. The ability to involve undergraduates in research is a plus.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the positions are filled. Please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent 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.


The Whittier College Department of Social Work offers a one-year, non-renewable faculty appointment for a social work faculty member. The selected faculty member will teach 24 credits per academic year and provide the program and college with expertise in social work theory and practice in organizational and community settings, policy development, and policy analysis. The faculty member will also participate in the Social Work Program’s contributions to community engagement. The Department of Social Work offers a baccalaureate degree accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.  

The selected social work faculty candidate will have completed an MSW and Ph.D. in Social Work or a related field, 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 with ABD status will be considered. Teaching credits are distributed over fall, January Term, and spring semesters. The faculty member will also participate in professional scholarship and development according to professional interests.

Review of completed applications will begin February 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should email curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, evidence of teaching ability, sample syllabi, and transcripts of all graduate work (PDF format preferred) to psheridan@whittier.edu. Applicants should also direct at least three confidential reference letters sent by references to the same email address.

Whittier College is an independent, four-year college distinguished by its small size, nationally-recognized liberal arts curriculum, strong and innovative interdisciplinary programs, a high-quality faculty, and a diverse student body.  The College, located in scenic hills 18 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, is an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Whittier College is committed to attracting and retaining a high quality, diverse faculty and is therefore an AA/EOE employer.