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. 

Assistant/Associate Professor of Business Administration

The Department of Business Administration at Whittier College invites applications for a tenure-track position in International Business, which will begin in the Fall of 2020 to teach International Business and other international business electives.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in International Business or a closely related field by September, 2020 from an AACSB-accredited institution (or equivalent). The successful candidate will demonstrate potential for outstanding teaching and excellence in scholarship. Industry experience is also highly valued and should be referenced. The Business Administration Department has seven full-time faculty and approximately 300 majors; each faculty member is required to teach 20-credits annually and is expected to participate in teaching courses that contribute to both the Business Administration major as well as the liberal arts education program. Additional responsibilities include an active professional development agenda, student advising, and service to the Department and College. 

Salary: $80,000

To apply, please submit a letter of application that includes a reference to teaching philosophy and research background and interests, a curriculum vitae, a summary of course evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness, an unofficial graduate transcript, and a minimum of three confidential letters of recommendation sent directly from the recommenders. All application materials must be submitted directly to BSADTP2@Whittier.edu (PDFs preferred). The review of applications will begin immediately and the interviews will be scheduled starting October 15, 2019. 

Assistant Professor of Biology

Whittier College is seeking a broadly-trained Biologist with expertise in genetics to fill a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor beginning September 1, 2020.  Successful candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate education and a dedication to innovative and effective teaching that prepares a diverse student body for future success. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed a Ph.D. in Cellular or Molecular Biology and a research interest in genetics. Teaching responsibilities will include contributing to an introductory level cell and molecular biology course and advanced level biology courses, including genetics, with laboratories, as well as, courses that support our liberal arts curriculum. Additionally, candidates will be expected to develop and maintain an active research program, appropriate in a small college environment, that engages undergraduate students. The Biology Department seeks to provide broad training in the biological sciences, preparing students for a variety of careers including education, research, health, or business.

Salary: $64,000

Please submit (in PDF format) a letter of application, curriculum vitae, brief teaching philosophy, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be submitted directly by the letter writers to Erica Fradinger, Chair, Biology Department, Whittier College, via email to efrading@whittier.edu.
Application review will begin October 15th, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science 

Whittier College invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Biology and Environmental Science, to begin in fall 2020. We seek a broadly trained terrestrial ecologist with a strong commitment to teaching a diverse student body, and research that integrates undergraduate students in a liberal arts environment. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g. Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Environmental Science). However, preference will be given to candidates with expertise in landscape ecology primarily focusing on plants, especially the effects of large-scale environmental pressures (e.g. climate change, habitat loss and fragmentation) on such systems.

The successful candidate will receive a joint appointment in the Department of Biology and in the program in Environmental Science, and is expected to serve each program equally, with 20 units teaching load per year. Teaching responsibilities will include two lower division courses - one exclusively in support of ENVS and the other BIOL - and upper division offerings in their area of expertise (e.g. Principles of Ecology, Urban Ecology, Plant Physiology), cross-listed in the two programs. Other teaching duties will include contributions to the liberal arts education curriculum by offering interdisciplinary courses on science and society and first year writing seminars from time to time.

The Department of Biology offers courses designed to produce graduates with a strong background in the organization and complexity of living systems, hypothesis testing and experimental design, and oral and written presentation of data.  Likewise, the program in Environmental Science offers an interdisciplinary approach to examining environmental issues. The program guides students in understanding the implications across scales of global climate change, sustainability principles, the challenges of maintaining biodiversity, the effects of pollution, and managing risks associated with large-scale natural phenomena, earthquakes, floods, and fires.

Salary: $64,000

All application materials should be directed to: David N. M. Mbora, Coordinator, Program in Environmental Science at Whittier College, via email: dmbora@whittier.edu. To apply, please submit (in PDF) a letter of application, a curriculum vita, copy of graduate and undergraduate transcripts (combined as one document), a statement of teaching and mentoring philosophy and a statement of research. Additionally, arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be submitted directly by the letter writers via email to: dmbora@whittier.edu.

Application review will begin October 15th, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Assistant Professor of English 

The Department of English at Whittier College seeks to fill a tenure-track position for an Assistant Professor specializing in African-American literature and contributing courses in a wide range of early and nineteenth-century American Literatures. The English department features tracks in literary studies and creative writing and is developing new courses in media studies.  Department members also teach courses in subjects and modes of their own interest. A successful candidate will have a PhD in hand by August 2020, along with a commitment to culturally responsive and experiential teaching and advising.

Salary: $64,000

Applicants must submit a letter of application, graduate transcript, CV, three reference letters, a brief statement of teaching philosophy, and a twenty-page sample of their scholarship by October 18, 2019. Reference letters must be submitted by the referring parties and not come directly from the candidate. Preliminary interviews will be conducted by video conference in December and campus interviews will take place in late January. All material should be submitted electronically to Professor Jonathan Burton, Chair, at aolivas@whittier.edu.

Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry 

The Whittier College Chemistry Department, an ACS-approved program, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position specializing in Inorganic Chemistry (including bio-inorganic, organometallic, and other related disciplines) starting September 2020. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Chemistry, post-doctoral experience preferred. Teaching responsibilities will include General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Senior Capstone courses, and courses that contribute to the College’s liberal education program.  

Candidates will be judged primarily on their teaching ability and their dedication to close interaction with undergraduates. Advisement of undergraduate students and service to the department and the College is required. Maintaining an active research program with undergraduate students is expected.  

Salary: $64,000

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, a teaching philosophy, a research plan, unofficial under-graduate and graduate transcripts, and evidence of effective teaching to Christina Bauer: cbauer@whittier.edu. Also arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent by the references to the same address. PDFs preferred for all materials. Position open until filled; review starts 10/15/2019. Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Education and Child Development Adjunct 

Child development, a popular undergraduate major situated in the Education and Child Development Department, has an opening for adjunct faculty starting fall, 2019. The position requires expertise in social science research methods and observational methodologies, in addition to knowledge of childhood development. We seek a colleague who is committed to teaching college students of diverse backgrounds. Advanced graduate students are welcome to apply and previous teaching experience is highly desired (but not required) for the position. The Department of Education & Child Development at Whittier College takes an interdisciplinary approach to preparing students with diverse interests for professional careers in a variety of fields, including education, child advocacy, psychology, social work, counseling, and the law. 

CHDV 225 Research Methods & Lab
4 credits
Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:50
Thursday 11:00-11:50
Session Dates: September 4 – December 17, 2019; January 30 – May 12 

Course Description:
A core course for the major, this course explores research methods used to study children and/or development. Students will learn experimental, quasi-experimental, ethnographic, observational, survey and single-subject methods. Students write a research paper based on a study they conduct at the Whittier College laboratory school (Broadoaks) during the lab component.

CHDV 290: Selected Topics
3 credits
Meeting Times TBA
Session Dates: January 30 – May 12

Course Description:
An elective course for the major, this course engages students in a topical subject in child development selected by the instructor. Previous 290 topics included racial socialization, children’s creativity; attachment. 


  • M.A., Ph.D. or candidates who have achieved ABD status. 
  • Evidence of experience and commitment to teaching college students of diverse backgrounds preferred

Salary Range: $1,550 per credit

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter explaining your teaching approach and relevant experience in social science research methods and/or child development to Kay Sanders (ksanders@whittier.edu).