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. 


Biology Laboratory Instructor

The Biology Department is accepting applications for a Laboratory Instructor position to teach introductory level laboratories in Cell and Molecular Biology.  Candidates must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in biology and demonstrated proficiency with basic molecular techniques.  The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate teaching.  

Salary Range: $38,000-$48,000

Please submit (in PDF format) a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief statement of teaching philosophy 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. Review of applications will begin in early March and continue until the position is filled.


Education and Child Development Adjunct

The Department of Education and Child Development routinely seeks adjuncts to teach in their Teacher Education Program. We seek a colleague who is also committed to teaching college students of diverse backgrounds, and preparing future teachers to work effectively with diverse students, parents, and communities. Thus, the applicant should have experience teaching diverse learners, such as students in the process of learning a second language and/or students with special needs. Candidates are encouraged to identify their strengths and/or experiences in the area of equity and inclusion. Strongly preferred are candidates with demonstrated experience working with diverse student populations.

EDUC 402/EDUC 502 (cross-listed) - Literacy Development in Elementary School
3 credits
Tuesday/Thursday 1:00pm - 3:50pm
Session Dates: June 10th - July 18th 

Course Description:
Research and methodology for delivering a balanced, comprehensive program of instruction in reading, writing, and related language arts areas in linguistically and/or culturally diverse elementary classrooms. Topics include: basic word identification skills and comprehension strategies, literature-based instruction, on-going diagnostic strategies/interventions, content area literacy, and organizing for instruction. Certificate of Clearance required in order to complete 15 hours of fieldwork (placement provided by Director of Student Teaching). Individuals taking this course must earn at least a B- in order for the course to count towards preliminary credential.

Qualifications 

  • M.A., Ed.D., Ph.D. or candidates who have achieved ABD status. 
  • Valid teaching credential and successful teaching experience in a culturally/linguistically diverse public school (3-5 years) 
  • Evidence of experience and commitment to teaching college students of diverse backgrounds, and preparing teachers for diverse student populations (teaching evaluations). 

The Department of Education and Child Development has a tradition of preparing highly qualified elementary, secondary, and special education teachers. Offerings include undergraduate studies in child development, and graduate studies in elementary, secondary, and special education, including several credential programs and Master of Arts degree program.

Salary Range: $1,550 per credit

Please send your curriculum vitae to Linda Brennan at lbrennan@whittier.edu. Review of applications will begin and continue until position is filled. 


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. 

Qualifications 

  • 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

Applications 
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). 


Sociology Adjunct

Whittier College invites applications from interested and qualified candidates for a one-semester part-time adjunct position to teach two classes to begin in September 2019. Social Theory in Social Context is a four credit course capped at 20 students and will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:00pm to 1:20pm. Self and Society is a three credit course capped at 25 students and will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:30pm to 2:20pm. The appointment will be for one semester.

Self and Society is aimed at first and second year students and introduces students to the discipline of sociology. The course focuses on topic areas as case studies. The course pays careful attention to race/ethnicity, gender, inequality, sexuality, and the sociological imagination. The class should include extensive writing assignments, discussion opportunities, and a full-length monograph in addition to other readings.

Theory in Social Context is aimed at third year and fourth year students in the major. The course examines major figures and debates in the history of sociological theory. Original works of Marx, Durkheim, Weber, and more recent writers are read in conjunction with materials on the historical settings in which they wrote. The class should include extensive writing assignments, discussion opportunities, and critical reading exercises that focus on primary texts and building the skills to successfully interpret theoretical writing.

Teaching experience at the undergraduate level is essential, and expertise in writing and discussion intensive courses is highly desirable. 

Salary Range: $1,550 per credit

Applicants for the position should have a minimum of a Master’s degree in Sociology, ABD or Ph.D. strongly preferred.  We will be considering applicants from all specialties. Please send a brief letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a summary of teaching evaluations, and a syllabus for the course (or other syllabus from a course you have taught). Confidential letters of reference will be requested in the second step of the application process. Please send your complete application compiled into one document electronically to socsearch@whittier.edu

Review of applications will begin April 16th, and will continue until the position is filled. 


Visiting Assistant Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology

At this time, the Biology Department is accepting applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Cell and Molecular Biology with the possibility of renewal based on curricular need and performance. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or an M.S. (with significant college-level teaching experience) in molecular and cellular biology and preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in genetics. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate teaching excellence and the potential to teach a variety of cellular level courses. Specifically, this one-year, full-time visiting position carries a 24 unit teaching load.  Course responsibilities will be dependent on the candidate’s areas of expertise, but may include both introductory and upper-level biology laboratory courses, and courses for our liberal arts curriculum.  

Salary Range: $48,000-$56,000

Please submit (in PDF format) a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief statement of teaching philosophy 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. Review of applications will begin in early March and continue until the position is filled.


Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

The Whittier College Chemistry department, an ACS-approved program, is looking for up to two one-year Visiting Assistant Professors for the 2019-2020 academic year (full-time, non-tenure track) with the potential for renewal.  One position is in Organic Chemistry and the other position could be in any sub-discipline of chemistry.  A successful candidate will have earned a Chemistry Ph.D., an M.S. with significant college-level teaching experience, or ABDs may also be considered.  Teaching responsibilities for the Organic Chemistry position will include two semesters of Organic chemistry, one semester of General Chemistry, and a course for non-majors.  Teaching responsibilities for the second potential position include two semesters of General Chemistry and a course for non-majors.  

Salary Range: $54,000-$57,000

Please send a cover letter, CV, a philosophy of teaching, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, have three references send confidential recommendation letters to Devin Iimoto at diimoto@whittier.edu. Review of applications will begin February 25.  


Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

The program in Environmental Science at Whittier College is accepting applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in Environmental Science.  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, the development of sustainable energy strategies, the challenges of maintaining biodiversity, the handling and disposal of hazardous materials, and managing risks associated with large-scale natural phenomena such as earthquakes, floods, and fires.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or a M.S. (with significant college-level teaching experience) in any area of Environmental Science.  However, preference will be given to candidates whose area of expertise is in any of these fields: geographic information science, biology of climate change, environmental change in general, or sustainability science. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate teaching excellence and the potential to develop at least one new upper division course in his or her area of expertise. This one-year, full-time visiting position carries a 24 units teaching load per year.  Course responsibilities will include teaching our flagship Introduction to Environmental Science course, a course on long-term environmental change, an interdisciplinary course on science and society and the possibility of a new intermediate level course in the candidate’s area of expertise.

Salary Range: $50,000-$54,000

Please submit (in PDF format) a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief statement of teaching philosophy and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be submitted directly by the letter writers to David Mbora, via email to dmbora@whittier.edu. Review of applications will begin in early March and continue until the position is filled.


Visiting Assistant Professor of Human Anatomy and Physiology

The Biology Department is accepting applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Human Anatomy and Physiology with the possibility of renewal based on curricular need and performance.  Candidates must have a minimum of a Master’s level education in Biology or any health related field.  The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate teaching excellence. Specifically, this one-year, full-time visiting position carries a 24 unit teaching load.  Course responsibilities will include two sections of Human Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory and a connections course supporting our liberal arts curriculum.

Salary Range: $48,000-$56,000

Please submit (in PDF format) a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief statement of teaching philosophy 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. Review of applications will begin in early March and continue until the position is filled.


Visiting Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

The Department of Education and Child Development has a tradition of preparing highly qualified elementary, secondary, and special education teachers. Offerings include undergraduate and graduate studies in elementary, secondary, and special education, including several credential programs and Master of Arts degree program. 

The focus of this visiting position is teacher education with a specialization in teaching courses in the history of education and/or education psychology. Strong candidates would also have the ability to teach courses in diversity in educational contexts. Primary teaching responsibilities fall within the elementary and secondary credential programs, as well as master’s level coursework in educational research methods. All graduate and undergraduate level coursework focuses on the preparation and development of teachers for linguistically and culturally diverse students. Field supervision in multicultural urban environments is a standard component with the expectation of a strong commitment to equity and social justice values. 

We are seeking a qualified candidate committed to innovative teacher education in a student-centered liberal arts college, who also has a strong, demonstrated commitment to teaching and teacher education centered around constructivist and reflective pedagogy.  We seek a colleague who is also committed to teaching college students of diverse backgrounds, and preparing future teachers to work effectively with diverse students, parents, and communities. Thus, the applicant should have experience teaching diverse learners, such as English learners and students receiving special education services. Candidates are encouraged to identify their strengths and/or experiences in the area of equity and inclusion. Strongly preferred are candidates with demonstrated experience working with diverse student populations. 

Qualifications

  • Ed.D. or Ph.D. in Education. However, we will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status.
  • Ability to teach Educational Research Methods courses.
  • Teaching credential and successful teaching experience in a culturally/linguistically diverse public school.
  • Evidence of experience and commitment to teaching college students of diverse backgrounds, and preparing teachers for diverse student populations.
  • Contributions to college and liberal arts program (e.g., undergraduate and graduate programs).

Salary Range: $54,000 - $57,000

Applications

Applications should include a statement of the candidate’s philosophy of teaching, and conception of the well-educated teacher in a culturally/linguistically diverse society, as well as an application letter, curriculum vita, transcripts, a dissertation abstract, and three confidential letters of professional recommendation (sent directly from the reference). Whittier College is an AA/EOE employer. 

Applicants must submit materials electronically (PDFs preferred) to Dr. Lauren Swanson, Department Chair, at lswanson@whittier.edu.

Review of applications will begin June 10th, 2019 and continue until position is filled. Visiting position would begin Fall 2019. 


Visiting Instructor 

The College Writing Program at Whittier College invites applications for 1, and possibly 2, full-time, non-continuing instructor positions. Appointment to these positions will be for the fall term 2019 and will carry the rank of Visiting Instructor.

Salary Range: $50,000-$56,000

Qualifications for the position include:

  1. an M.A. or higher in Composition and Rhetoric, or a similar field; and,
  2. a minimum of two years successful experience teaching college-level composition.  

Applicants with an M.A. or higher in Creative Writing, Literature, Linguistics, or Communication Studies and substantial expertise in current writing pedagogy are also welcome.  Experience with both traditional writing pedagogy and composition across modes and media will be especially desirable. The successful candidate will teach four sections of our First Year Writing Seminar, INTD 100. 

At Whittier College, writing, learning, and student engagement with faculty and peers are very tightly integrated. All first year students at Whittier College enroll, in their first semester, in writing seminars primarily designed to introduce them to the expectations for college writers. These seminars consist of not more than 15 students, emphasize writing as a process, combine elements of Collaborative, Rhetorical, and Critical pedagogies, and are organized around substantive academic topics.

To be assured of consideration, the candidate should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, graduate academic transcripts, and at least two recent letters of reference* to:

Charles Eastman, Director of College Writing Programs
Whittier College
13406 East Philadelphia St. 
Whittier, CA 90608-0634
or electronically to: ceastman@whittier.edu  by Monday April 15th, 2019. 

*By providing these letters you agree that we may contact your references.