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 (Management)

The Department of Business Administration at Whittier College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Management, which will begin in the Fall of 2019 to teach Management and Organizational Behavior and other Management and Leadership electives.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Management by September, 2019 from an AACSB-accredited institution (or equivalent). The successful candidate will demonstrate potential for outstanding teaching and excellence in scholarship. Business 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 Range: $80,000-$95,000

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, 2018. 


Assistant Professor of Anthropology

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Whittier College seeks a sociocultural anthropologist with ethnographic experience in Africa and/or the African Diaspora (Latin America, North America, or the Caribbean) for the position of Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Regional and research specialization are open, but we are particularly interested in candidates who focus on environmental, gender, social/political movements, community development, or health issues in their work. The successful candidate will be able to teach introductory courses, ethnographic methods, and upper level courses in the region and issues of their expertise. We are especially interested in candidates who could develop classes in both African and African diaspora issues. They will also be expected to teach other core courses in the Anthropology major, teach courses that contribute to the College’s Liberal Education program, and develop courses that serve other programs on campus (e.g., Gender Studies, Environmental Studies, Latino Studies, Public Health) depending on their research specialization.

Faculty members teach 20 units each year. We expect our faculty members to be excellent teachers, dedicated advisors to undergraduate students, contribute with service to the College, and demonstrate an active professional scholarship. This position will support the Sociology and Anthropology Department’s focus on the training of students in social research and ethnographic skills at the undergraduate level. The successful candidate, therefore, will also partner with the Department to support and provide research opportunities for students. 

Salary Range: $64,000-$70,000

We prefer candidates who have completed a Ph.D. in anthropology by September 2019. Please send cover letter, CV, a teaching philosophy, a research statement, and evidence of teaching success such as a summary of teaching evaluations, preferably combined into one PDF document to Julie Collins-Dogrul, Department Chair, anthsearch@whittier.edu. Review of applications will begin on November 15th.


Assistant Professor of Choral Music

Whittier College invites applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Music - Choral Activities position beginning September 2019. Primary responsibilities will be the direction of the choral curriculum within the Department of Music. The duties of the successful candidate will be: To direct the college choir and chamber choir and to teach courses in related musical areas as determined by qualifications, interests and the needs of the department.  Examples of such courses could be music survey courses for the Liberal Education Program (e.g. Music in Film), courses for the music major or minor (e.g. Intro. to Music Tech.), First-Year Writing Seminar, etc.  The minimum qualifications for the position include an earned doctorate of music (Ph.D., D.M.A., etc.) with significant experience as a choral director, preferably at the college/university level. ABD candidates will also be considered if the degree will be completed by September 2019.  Desired qualifications include experience with music technology, musical theater, piano skills and directing varied types of choral ensembles. 

The successful candidate will have a record of outstanding musicianship in rehearsal and performance, complemented by skills in communication and recruiting. Knowledge of choral repertoire, pedagogy, and commitment to vocal health through a thorough understanding of the singing voice is essential. The successful candidate will be comfortable programming a wide range of repertoire (e.g. classical, popular, gospel, world music, etc.) that meet the interests and needs of our diverse student body. Strong communication skills and the ability to coordinate with other faculty in the department and the college as a whole.

Salary Range: $62,000 - $66,000

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest addressing educational experiences that correspond to the duties and qualifications articulated in this position description; curriculum vitae; a statement detailing teaching philosophy; evidence of effective teaching (e.g. summary of teaching evaluations); exemplary examples of past concert programs; and the names and contact information of those writing confidential letters in support of the candidate.  Please arrange for three such recommendations to be submitted directly by the authors of those letters. All application materials and letters of support should be submitted electronically (PDFs preferred) to dlozano@whittier.edu, Chair of the Department of Music. Position is open until filled, but review of applications will begin on January 15, 2019.


Assistant Professor of Economics

We invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning fall 2019. The position includes teaching Intermediate Macroeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, elective courses, and general education courses. Candidates with a primary teaching and research specialization in Macroeconomics and secondary specializations in the area(s) of Health, Education and Welfare or Development are particularly encouraged to apply. The teaching load is 20 credits per year (i.e., equivalent to a 6 course teaching load). PhD must be completed by September 2019. We seek applicants who are committed to excellence in teaching, who can contribute to the College’s general education program and to interdisciplinary programs, who possess the potential for research productivity, and who are interested in involving undergraduates in their research agenda. 

Salary Range: $64,000-$74,000

Please submit a cover letter; CV; job market paper; statement of research agenda; evidence of teaching success such as a summary of teaching evaluations; statement of teaching philosophy; and unofficial graduate transcripts. Additionally, please arrange for three confidential three letters of recommendation to be submitted by the letter writers. All materials are to be submitted electronically via the American Economic Association’s JOE website (www.aeaweb.org/joe). Direct questions regarding this advertisement to econsearch@whittier.edu. The deadline for complete applications is November 11, 2018.


Assistant Professor of Kinesiology (Biomechanics)

Whittier College invites applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology beginning September 2019.  The faculty member will teach undergraduate courses in biomechanics, research methods, and courses that meet the liberal education component of the curriculum.  In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to supervise senior seminar projects and lead undergraduate research in biomechanics.  The minimum qualifications for the position include:  Ph.D. in kinesiology, biomechanics, or a closely-related field (ABD considered if degree finished by Sept. 2019); a strong background in biomechanics; successful teaching experience; achievements in scholarly research; 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 that is well respected within the College and has the second largest number of majors on campus.  The kinesiology major has been designed to fit within the context of the liberal arts program and allows for creativity in course content and design.

Salary Range: $62,000 - $72,000

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 (e.g. summary of teaching evaluations); and the names and contact information of your letters of recommendation writers.  Please arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be submitted directly by the letter writers. All application materials and letters of support should be submitted electronically (PDFs preferred) to ahickey@whittier.edu, Chair of the Department of Kinesiology.  Position is open until filled, but review of applications will begin on October 15. 


Assistant Professor of Political Science

Whittier College announces a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Political Science position beginning Fall 2019.   The Department seeks candidates specializing in Public Policy and American Politics, and capable of teaching a core course in Public Administration.  We would be particularly interested in candidates who might also be able to contribute to any of the following additional areas: race and politics, minority politics, environmental politics, state and local politics with an emphasis on California, and/or political theory.  

Candidates should have earned a Ph.D. in Political Science prior to September 2019. The successful candidate will demonstrate potential for outstanding teaching and excellence in scholarship. The Political Science Department has five full-time faculty and approximately 90 majors. Faculty members teach 20 units each year and are expected to teach college-wide courses such as First-year Writing Seminars and/or courses paired with faculty in other disciplines as part of our general education program. In addition, all faculty must be fully engaged in committee service and advisement of students.

Salary: $62,000 

Preliminary review of materials will begin September 10, and will continue until the appointment is made. If you plan to attend the American Political Science Association conference, please let us know, and send your c.v. and letter of application by August 1. We plan to meet with a limited number of applicants during the conference; however, all applicants will have equal consideration, regardless of attendance. Full applications should include: a letter of application, including discussion of teaching philosophy and research interests; a curriculum vitae; a summary of course evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness; unofficial transcripts; and at least three confidential letters of recommendation, sent by your references.  Please email (PDFs preferred) materials to Prof. Deborah Norden, Department Chair, at dnorden@whittier.edu.  Paper application and reference letters can be sent to Prof. Deborah Norden, Political Science Department; Whittier College; 13406 Philadelphia St.; Whittier, CA 90601.