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. 

Analytical/Environmental Chemist
Chemical Hygiene Officer & Chemistry Stockroom Technician & Manager
Visiting Professor Social Work


Two-year position starting 9/2015 in an ACS-approved department.   Ph.D. in analytical chemistry with an environmental focus required. Excellence in teaching and commitment to the liberal arts are essential qualifications.  Teaching responsibilities will be half chemistry and half environmental science and will include courses such as Quantitative Analysis, General Chemistry lecture and lab, Environmental Chemistry, Chemistry of Water and Air Pollution, Water Quality or Alternative Fuels as well as participation in the College’s liberal education program. The position will be open to be filled as a tenure track position in two years. 

Send application letter, resume, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three reference letters to: Ralph Isovitsch, 13406 Philadelphia Street, Department of Chemistry, Whittier College, Whittier, CA 90601. Position open until filled; review starts 10/24/2014. Whittier College is an AA/EO employer.


Salary: Dependent upon qualifications
Regular: Full-time, 12-month position
Supervision Received: Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chemistry Department Chair

Whittier College seeks a Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO) who will oversee chemical and biological safety while ensuring compliance with EPA, Cal OSHA, California Department of Public Health and other regulatory requirements. The CHO will assist faculty and staff in the science and art departments to safely manage hazardous materials and establish safety procedures to be utilized within studios, laboratories and support areas. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to organizing annual safety training, proper storage, correct labeling, use and handling of hazardous materials and waste; ensuring Material Safety Data Sheets information is available and current in appropriate areas; log accurate inventory of chemicals in research and teaching spaces; monitor and ensure proper labeling and storage of chemicals in research and teaching spaces. Obtain, maintain and retain proper documentation of student-safety contracts; maintain hard-copy MSDS for teaching and research laboratories and art studios; maintain training records, inspections, inventory and accident and spill inspections; annually review, evaluate and modify as necessary the College's Chemical Hygiene Plan and practices. Excellent public relations skills as well as oral and written communication skills are a must.

Education/Experience: A Masters degree in chemistry or chemical engineering is required. The candidate must have experience to provide expert technical guidance and direction in the development and implementation of all provisions of an effective chemical hygiene plan to include overall safety, loss control and environmental performance. Extensive knowledge and experience with chemistry laboratory processes and research preferably at an institute of higher education is desirable. Strong knowledge of laboratory safety and environmental standards and practices such as OSHA laboratory standard, hazardous waste regulations, chemical safety, NFPA codes, "Prudent Practices in the Laboratory" and other applicable regulations, codes and best practices is a must. Ability to obtain NRCC Chemical Hygiene Officer Certification highly desired. 

Note: In your letter of interest, please describe your experience and knowledge of: 1. Chemical laboratory processes and/or research in an institute of higher education/industry. 2. Providing technical guidance in the development and implementation of the provisions of an effective chemical hygiene plan. 3. Regulations, codes and best practices related to laboratory health and safety.
To be considered for this position, please email your resume with letter of interest including salary history to: cborst@whittier.edu or mail to Whittier College, Attn: Dean of Faculty, 13406 E Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA, 90608. AA/EOE


The baccalaureate Social Work Program at Whittier College is accepting applications for a Visiting Professor appointment beginning September 2015.  Whittier College is a residential four-year liberal arts institution that prepares student from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society.  Inspired by a Quaker heritage, the Whittier College liberal arts education equips students to be active citizens who demonstrate skills in collaboration, critical thinking, self-reflection and intentional action in the classroom and in structured community partnerships.  Whittier College is ranked in US News and World Report in the top 10 liberal arts colleges with ethnically diverse students, and is designated as both an Hispanic-Serving Institution as well as an Asian-American and Native American Pacific Island Institution.  Total undergraduate enrollment as of fall 2014 is 1665.

 The Social Work Program will become an independent Department in September 2015, and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. We welcome innovation in teaching and learning, in the classroom, in community settings, in technology, and global partnerships.

Position Description
The selected social work faculty candidate will have completed an MSW and Ph.D., 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.  The faculty member will teach 20 credits each academic year, providing expertise in social work macro theory, practice, social policy, as well as introduction to social work and classes.  The faculty member will also participate in academic advising, campus service, and professional growth and development.

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation to Paula M. Sheridan, Director, Social Work Program, Whittier College, 13406 Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA, 90608.  Candidates may also inquire and submit applications by email to psheridan@whittier.edu.  Applications will be reviewed upon submission and will continue until the position is filled.

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.