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. 

Anthropology Adjunct

Whittier College invites applications from interested and qualified candidates for a part-time adjunct position to teach two classes in the Anthropology of Asia (central, south, or east) or the Asia/Pacific to begin in September of 2019. The appointment will be for one semester, but may be renewed for Spring semester 2020 based on classroom performance. The successful candidate will teach two courses. The first, Peoples and Cultures of Asia (MWF, 11:00-11:50) is a general first-year/sophomore-level course that should introduce students to sociocultural anthropology, and to past and present cultural issues in the Anthropology of Asia or the Asia/Pacific. The second course, currently named Topics in Asian Culture (MWF, 2:30-3:20), is also at the first-year/sophomore level, but may focus on the successful candidate’s specific area of interest (the name of the course will be changed once the hire is made to better reflect the course content). 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 Anthropology, but ABD or the Ph.D. is preferred. We will be considering applicants from all specialties within the Anthropology of Asia and the Asia/Pacific. We will not, however, consider applications from specialists in other world regions. Please send 1) a no more than one page letter of interest, 2) a curriculum vitae including the names and contact information for three referees, 3) a summary of recent teaching evaluations, and 4) a past syllabus for an undergraduate course you have taught. Compile your application into one PDF document and send it electronically to Ann M. Kakaliouras, Associate Professor of Anthropology at akakalio@whittier.edu
Review of applications will begin May 30th, and will continue until the 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. 


  • 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). 

Lecturer in Social Work/Director of Field Education

Whittier College and its Department of Social Work seeks a Director of Field Education with the rank of Lecturer. The successful candidate will provide the program and college with expertise in developing and administering the Field Education Program while also teaching and advising in the department.

The Whittier College Social Work Program. The Department of Social Work offers a baccalaureate degree accredited by the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation. The program attracts students of all backgrounds who are highly successful in advanced standing MSW programs and in professional practice. More than 90% of our students are admitted into advanced standing programs, graduate programs in other disciplines, or employed upon completion of their baccalaureate degree. The department works closely with approximately 50 majors, including 10-15 senior field placement students per year.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week
Exempt Status: Exempt
Full Time/Part Time status: Full Time
Salary Range: $60,000-$65,000; Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge. 

Reports to: Department Chair
Location/Department: Whittier College (Main Campus)/Social Work

Qualifications and Responsibilities

The preferred social work Director of Field Education will have completed an MSW in Social Work from a CSWE accredited program with a minimum of two years of post-graduate practice experience. Candidates who have current California LCSW credentials are preferred, but not required. The candidate should demonstrate competence in developing and sustaining field placements, supporting student’s readiness for field, ongoing monitoring of student progress, orientation and training of Field Educators. Candidates should possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and have a demonstrated ability to use instructional and/or assessment technologies. 

Teaching is distributed over fall and spring semesters in addition to a January Term. The Field Director will teach field practicum seminars, micro practice classes, and content that fits program needs and faculty expertise. The Director of Field Education must be an excellent teacher, dedicated advisor to undergraduate students, contribute with service to the college, and participate in the programs CSWE reaffirmation of accreditation process. The Director of Field Education receives a 25% reduction teaching load to account for the administrative load associated with the position. The position therefor calls for teaching 18 units per year.

Application Deadline: Until Filled

The position is based in Whittier, California. To be considered for this position, Applicants should email (PDFs preferred) curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching success, sample syllabi, three to five references who are familiar with your teaching and/or professional performance, unofficial transcripts of all graduate work, and evidence of field education leadership or practice supervision to osolis@whittier.edu or mail to:

Olivia Solis, Administrative Assistant
Whittier College-Platner Hall
13406 E Philadelphia Street 
Whittier, CA  90601

Complete applications will be reviewed beginning July 1, 2019 and will 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. 


  • 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 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.