Faculty Opportunities

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Whittier College is committed to attracting and retaining a high quality, diverse faculty with a shared passion for student-centered teaching and mentoring. 

Distinguished by small class sizes, high-impact pedagogies, and an innovative liberal arts curriculum, it is a nationally recognized model for inclusion and diversity. With over 65% students of color, Whittier is both an HSI and AANAPISI. Founded in 1887, it is an independent, four-year liberal arts college with about 1,700 undergraduates, ideally situated in the scenic hills 18 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

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.

Whittier College invites applications for an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Department of Chemistry from August-December 2022.

The Adjunct will teach two sections of the first semester of general chemistry lecture and two sections of the first semester of general chemistry laboratory. The minimum qualifications for the position include a Ph.D. or Master’s degree in chemistry or related science and effective communication skills.

Interested candidates should submit a CV, a one-page teaching philosophy, and three confidential letters of recommendation to Carla Palagonia-Schwindt (cpalagon@whittier.edu), Administrative Coordinator for Chemistry. All application materials and letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically (PDFs preferred). Review of applicants will begin on Friday, 5 May 2022.

Graduate Class: EDUC 501: Teaching Diverse Learners

Fall Semester 2022

Tuesdays 5 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.
August 24, 2022 through December 7, 2022

Undergraduate Class: EDUC 401: Teaching Diverse Learners

Spring Semester 2023

Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
January 11, 2023 through April 29, 2023

Course Description

This course provides theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for working with culturally diverse K-12 students, families, and communities. It includes an analysis of alternative viewpoints on current educational goals, practices, and issues, as well as methods for building a just and democratic classroom culture where all students have the opportunity to experience success.

Goals of This Course

  1. To become more consciously aware of and thoughtful about how your own values and beliefs are rooted in your own cultural experiences and knowledge.
  2. To understand how your cultural values and beliefs can affect students' learning and achievement.
  3. To understand more fully how students' cultural backgrounds and home/community experiences influence their school learning and achievement.
  4. To identify personal commitments and practices necessary for you to provide all students with access to knowledge and promote a just, democratic society.

Qualifications

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

Compensation

$4650.00 per section

Applications

Please send your CV to Linda Brennan at lbrennan@whittier.edu. The review process will begin on June 1, 2022, and continue until the position has been filled.

Fall Semester 

Tuesdays 5 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.
August 24, 2022 through December 7, 2022

Course Description

Candidates will examine formal and informal assessments used to effectively evaluate the academic, functional, and behavioral needs of students with and without disabilities for the purpose of making an informed instructional, intervention, and placement decisions. Emphasis is placed on cultural and linguistic considerations for appropriate assessment administration and the use of various approaches to assessing the developmental, academic, behavioral, social, communication, and life skills of students. Fieldwork required: 10 hours.

Prerequisite/Corequisite: EDUC 300. One semester, 3 credits

Required Reading

Salvia, Ysseldyke, & Bolt (2017). Assessment in Special and Inclusive Education (13th edition). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. 

Gibb, G. S., & Dyches, T. T. (2000). Guide To Writing Quality Individualized Education Programs: What's Best for Students with Disabilities?

Allyn & Bacon, 160 Gould St. Needham Heights, MA 02494-2130. 2 Easy CBM

Course Objectives

To prepare candidates to demonstrate knowledge and skills related to using and communicating the results of a variety of individualized assessments and evaluation approaches appropriate for multidisciplinary teams to make informed decisions regarding special education services and placement decisions. To prepare candidates to collaborate in the development of an individualized education plan that includes a clear and accurate present level of academic and functional performance, measurable goals and benchmark objectives, instructional and testing accommodations and modifications as well as progress reports, services, placement in the least restrictive environment, and if needed, transition services beyond high school.

Qualifications

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

Compensation

$4650.00 per section

Applications

Please send your CV to Linda Brennan at lbrennan@whittier.edu. The review process will begin on June 15, 2022, and continue until the position has been filled.

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, a bilingual authorization, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching program. 

The focus of this lecturer 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 focus on the preparation and development of teachers for linguistically and culturally diverse students. Field supervision in diverse 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 multilingual 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

  • Ph.D., or Ed.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 programs (e.g., undergraduate and graduate programs).

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. Additionally, applications should include 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 Linda Brennan, Administrative Assistant at: lbrennan@whittier.edu. Application questions can be submitted to Dr. Ivannia Soto, Search Chair, at isoto@whittier.edu.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Interviews will begin in mid-January and February. Lecturer position will begin Fall 2022. 

Wednesdays, 5 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.
January 31, 2022 – May 13, 2022

Course Description & Goals 

Advanced instructional planning and teaching methods for Single Subject candidates in core academic subject areas, with separate course sections for candidates in the area of Spanish. Focuses on appropriate subject-matter-specific methods for planning and teaching a comprehensive program that enables students to achieve state-adopted academic content standards. Topics for candidates in all subject areas include supporting English language learners, responding to student diversity, developing a wide repertoire of teaching methods, and effectively using instructional resources including technology. 

Certificate of Clearance required in order to complete 10 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.

Pre/Co-Requisite 300/500 or 401/501.

At the end of the course, students should be able to: 

  • Prepare units and lessons using Understanding by Design in the context of Spanish
  • Practice designing learning opportunities to meet the needs of all students, including English language learners, students receiving special education services, and students with other identified needs.

 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). 

Applications

Please send your CV to Linda Brennan at lbrennan@whittier.edu.

Review process will begin November 15, 2021 and continue until position has been filled.

The Biology Department at Whittier College is accepting applications for a Lecturer of Anatomy & Physiology starting August 2022.

This appointment is for one year, but is renewable subject to satisfactory performance. Preference will be given to candidates who hold a Masters or Ph.D. in anatomy and/or organismal physiology or related fields, but individuals holding degrees in health professions (e.g., RN, PA, MD, DO, etc.) are also encouraged to apply. Successful candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to inclusive and culturally responsive undergraduate teaching excellence that employs innovative and effective teaching to prepare a diverse student body for future success. Teaching responsibilities will include both lectures and laboratories.  

The Biology Department seeks to provide broad training in the biological sciences, preparing students for a variety of careers including education, research, health, and business.

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy (1-page), and three professional references (contact information) to Hector Valenzuela, Biology Department Chair, Whittier College, 13406 E. Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA 90608. Please email inquiries and submissions to Dr. Hector Valenzuela, hvalenzu@whittier.edu and to Dr. Sylvia Vetrone, svetrone@whittier.edu. Review of applications will begin June 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. 

Whittier College is an equal opportunity employer, affirms the values and goals of diversity, and strongly encourages applications from women and candidates from groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

Whittier College invites applications for a Lecturer in Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design. This will be a full-time position for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.

Tenure Status: Non-tenure track
Exempt Status: Exempt
Hours: Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week
Full Time/Part Time status: full-time
Salary Range: $60,000; Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge. 
Reports to: Department Chair, Art and Visual Studies
Location/Department: Whittier College, Art and Visual Studies

Whittier College’s Art and Visual Studies department is accepting applications for the position of Lecturer in Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design, beginning August, 2022. We seek a candidate with teaching experience, substantial professional design experience, a strong portfolio, and an MFA in hand. The successful candidate will teach courses in graphic design, typography, brand identity design, web design and 2-dimensional design. The ideal candidate should also be able to teach at least one of the following topics: illustration, motion graphics, animation, web development, or UI/UX design. Though not necessary, experience in the fine arts would be an asset, as there is room for collaboration between the department’s studio and graphic design tracks. The successful candidate will teach six courses per year, will serve as an academic advisor and will help the department in supporting the graphic design track.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest addressing experiences that correspond to the duties and qualifications articulated above; a CV; a professional portfolio or link to a portfolio site; a portfolio of student work or a link to a student work site; the names, titles and contact information of three references (we will only contact the references of candidates in the final round). All application materials should be submitted to whittierGD2022@gmail.com. For full consideration, all materials should be submitted by June 1, 2022, though the position will remain open until filled.

The Department of Economics at Whittier College invites applications for a (non-tenure track) Lecturer position beginning fall 2022.

This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal, and the teaching load is seven courses during the year. We seek applicants who are committed to excellence in teaching in an undergraduate liberal arts setting.  

Tenure Status: Non-tenure track
Exempt Status: Exempt
Hours: Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week
Full Time/Part Time status: Full-time
Salary Range: $65,000; Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge. 
Reports to: Associate Dean of Faculty
Location/Department: Whittier College, Economics

C – Mathematical and Quantitative Methods

D – Microeconomics

F – International Economics

During the fall semester, the new hire will teach one section each of Intermediate Microeconomics, Introduction to Econometrics, and International Trade & Finance during the fall semester. During the spring semester, the new hire will teach two sections of Principles of Microeconomics and one section of an elective within the candidate's area of expertise that will be determined by the new hire in consultation with the department. One additional section of Principles of Microeconomics or Principles of Macroeconomics will be assigned during either the fall or spring semester. Candidates with experience teaching Microeconomics, Econometrics, and/or International Economics are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Candidates should send: a letter of application; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy; evidence of teaching effectiveness; graduate school transcripts; and contact information for three references. The deadline for the submission of complete applications is June 1, 2022, though the position will remain open until filled. Please direct all inquiries to econsearch@whittier.edu.

Whittier College invites applications for a Lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology beginning August 2022.

The faculty member will teach undergraduate courses in motor learning and control, research methods and statistics, and other courses in the department and courses that meet the interdisciplinary component of the curriculum.  Another potential course of instruction is sociology of sport. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to supervise senior seminar projects and help with advising students. The minimum qualifications for the position include: Ph.D. in kinesiology, motor learning or a closely-related field (ABD considered); a strong background in motor learning and control; successful teaching experience; and effective communication skills.  

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

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest addressing educational experiences that correspond to the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description; brief research and teaching statements; curriculum vitae; evidence of effective teaching; and the names and contact information of three individuals from whom you have requested confidential letters of recommendation.  All application materials and letters of support should be electronically (PDFs preferred) submitted to ncamacho@whittier.edu, Administrative Assistant for KNS.  For full consideration, all materials need to be submitted by March 15, 2022.

Whittier College invites applications for a Lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology beginning August 2022. 

The faculty member will teach undergraduate courses in biomechanics, research methods and statistics, and other courses in the department and courses that meet the interdisciplinary component of the curriculum. Another potential course of instruction is sociology of sport. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to supervise senior seminar projects and help with advising students. The minimum qualifications for the position include: Ph.D. in kinesiology, biomechanics or a closely-related field (ABD considered); a strong background in biomechanics; successful teaching experience; and effective communication skills.  

Whittier is distinctive by having a strong Department of Kinesiology (KNS) that is well respected within the College and has the second largest number of majors on campus.  The KNS major has been designed to fit within the context of the liberal arts program and allows for creativity in course content and design.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest addressing educational experiences that correspond to the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description; brief research and teaching statements; curriculum vitae; evidence of effective teaching; and the names and contact information of three individuals from whom you have requested confidential letters of recommendation. All application materials and letters of support should be electronically (PDFs preferred) submitted to ncamacho@whittier.edu, Administrative Assistant for KNS. For full consideration, all materials need to be submitted by March 15, 2022.

Whittier College invites applications for a lecturer position in Computer Science and Mathematics to begin in August of 2022.

A master’s degree or higher in Computer Science or related field, such as Mathematics or Applied Mathematics, by August 2022 is required. This is a primarily teaching focused position in computer science. The successful candidate will teach courses for our Interdisciplinary Computer Science program, such as Operating Systems, Computer Organization and Architecture, Data Structures and Algorithms, Computer Science I & II, and Discrete Mathematics, and may also teach some service courses at or below the calculus level. Salary is commensurate with experience.


To apply, please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of effective teaching, unofficial graduate transcripts, and three confidential
letters of reference (at least two of which address teaching ability) sent by the references electronically (PDFs preferred) to Nayeli Camacho, Administrative Assistant at: ncamacho@whittier.edu. Application questions can be sent to Professor Fred Park: mathchair@whittier.edu.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Biology Department at Whittier College is accepting applications for a one-year appointment as Lecturer in Biology starting August 2022.

Subject to performance, this position will be renewable. Successful candidates will hold a Ph.D. within the Biological Sciences, but we will also consider candidates who have achieved ABD status within the biological sciences. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in marine, invertebrate, and organismal biology. Teaching load will include lower and upper division courses that emphasize evolutionary approaches to the study of invertebrate organisms. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to inclusive and culturally responsive undergraduate teaching excellence. 

The Biology Department seeks to provide broad training in the biological sciences, preparing students for a variety of careers including education, research, health, and business.

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy (1-page), and three professional references (contact information) to Hector Valenzuela, Biology Department Chair, Whittier College, 13406 E. Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA 90608. Please email inquiries and submissions to Dr. Hector Valenzuela, hvalenzu@whittier.edu, and to Dr. Sylvia Vetrone, svetrone@whittier.edu. Review of applications will begin June 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. 

Whittier College is an equal opportunity employer, affirms the values and goals of diversity, and strongly encourages applications from women and candidates from groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

Whittier College invites applications for a Religious Studies Adjunct. This will be a part-time position for the Fall semester in the 2022-2023 Academic Year. 

Tenure Status: Not tenured 
Exempt Status: Exempt
Hours: Varies
Full Time/Part Time status: Part-time
Salary Range: $1,550 per credit; Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge. 
Reports to: Department Chair, Religious Studies
Location/Department: Whittier College, Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies at Whittier College seeks an adjunct or adjuncts to teach three courses this coming fall semester: REL 201 Monotheisms (M W F, 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.); REL 222 Judaism (M W F, 1:30 p.m. to  2:20 p.m.); and REL 331 Islam (M W 3 p.m. to  4:20 p.m.). REL 201 Monotheisms is an introductory survey of major texts, beliefs, and practices of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. REL 222 Judaism surveys the major issues, themes, and practices of the Jewish religion and civilization. REL 331 Islam is an upper division course that explores varies themes in Islamic cultures and societies. Pending budgetary approval, the department supports class trips to religious establishments in the SoCal area to facilitate understanding of lived religions. 

Requirements

The successful applicant should hold at least an MA degree in a relevant field. 

Application Deadline

Until Filled. Letter of interest, CV, and names and contact information for two references should be emailed to Jason A. Carbine, Department Chair (jcarbine@whittier.edu). Position(s) will remain open until filled. In conversation with the Department Chair, the successful candidate(s) can design and/or draw on previous departmental syllabi for these courses

The Department of Theatre, Film, and Communication Arts seeks a Lecturer in Design and Technology to serve as production season scenic and lighting designer. 

Tenure Status: Non-tenure track
Exempt Status: Faculty; Exempt; 10 months.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 40 hours per week plus occasional evenings and weekends (technical rehearsals, load-ins, strike, etc.).
Full Time/Part Time status: Full-time
Salary Range: $57,000 annually; Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge. 
Reports to: Chair, Department of Theatre, Film and Communication Arts
Location/Department: Whittier College, Department of Theatre, Film, Communication Arts, Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts

Whittier College seeks a qualified, collaborative, and well-motivated individual to fill a ten-month (renewable) position in theatre design and technology for the 2022-2023 academic year. The person selected for this position will serve as the Technical Director and Scene Shop Supervisor for the Department of Theatre, Film, and Communication Arts, and Scenic/Lighting Designer for the three faculty-directed productions, as well as provide technical support for the annual Film Festival, and oversee Theatre/Film 050, an experiential learning opportunity for students at Whittier College.

The Lecturer with an emphasis in Theatre Design and Technology will serve as the Department’s staff technical director under the supervision of the Chair of the Department of Theatre, Film, and Communication Arts; provide technical direction and supervision for three faculty-directed productions and technical support and supervision for other events in the department that might include several student productions, guest artist presentations, etc. The qualified candidate will also design three productions and oversee Theatre/Film Practicum, a 1-credit experiential course offered each semester in conjunction with the Department’s production season.

Specific duties as Technical Director will include the following responsibilities: 

  • provide overall supervision of scenery and properties construction and stage rigging for department productions; 
  • serve as a hands-on scene shop supervisor; serve as lead scenic carpenter, head stage technician, and master electrician as necessary; 
  • hire, train, instruct and supervise a part-time, work-study paid student technical staff (typically 15 to 20 students) and also 20 to 30 laboratory students in scenery construction as a part of the Department’s Theatre Practicum course and other design courses;
  • painting, stage properties, and lighting technology; oversee basic lighting and sound technical support for department productions; 
  • supervise load-in and strike for each production;
  • coordinate purchases and rentals for scenery, lighting, sound, and stage properties;
  • maintain scene shop inventory and equipment; 
  • maintain the lighting and sound equipment for the department’s 100+ seat studio theatre and for three department productions in the performing arts center’s 400-seat proscenium theatre; 
  • rigorously maintain a safe working environment and safe working practices as part of supervising technical support for the department; 
  • supervise student crews as needed during shop hours, technical and dress rehearsals and performances, and additional work calls; 
  • serve as the department’s chief technical liaison with the college-wide faculty, staff, and students; 
  • monitor and approve student employees’ bi-weekly time sheets, working within the constraints of the allotted funding for student workers;
  • attend Department meetings and other functions, as scheduled by the Department chair.

Specific duties related to Scenic/Lighting Design:

  • design (scenic and lighting) three faculty directed productions: Detroit ’67 by Dominque Morriseau, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly by Lauren Gunderson and Margo Melcon, and She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen; NOTE: it is possible the Department Chair will identify a current student to design lights for any given show based on a student’s training and preparation. In this instance, the time dedicated for design will be shifted to provide mentorship for the student lighting designer;
  • collaborate with faculty directors and designers (including student designers)
  • participate in weekly production meetings
  • provide digital renderings of scenic elements for each production;
  • provide a floorplan for each production;
  • assist the student stage management team in 

The position is a full-time, 40 hours per week position, with weekly hours varying per week, depending on the production schedule, which can include five to six weekend workdays for each production. 

Previous Experience

Previous professional experience as a theatre technician and designer, as well as previous teaching experience is a strength.

Knowledge and Education

M.F.A. in theatre design and technology with demonstrated ability to design (and construct) scenery and stage lighting. Previous professional experience as a theatre technician and designer, as well as previous teaching experience is a strength.

Application Deadline

For full consideration, all materials should be submitted by June 1, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest addressing relevant experiences related to the position and duties listed above; a CV; a professional portfolio or link to a portfolio website (scenic, lighting, construction, technical direction or other related experiences); any related experience of collaboration with students or a link to a student-work website; the names, titles, and contact information of three references (references will only be contacted during the final round of the interview process). All application materials should be submitted to designtechlecturer2022@gmail.com. For full consideration, all materials should be submitted by June 1, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.