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. 

Adjunct Faculty 

EDUC 401: Teaching Diverse Learners
Monday & Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Course Description & Goals

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 include:

  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. 


  • 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). 

Salary Range

$1,550 per credit


Please send your CV to Linda Brennan at lbrennan@whittier.eduReview process will begin as soon as possible and will continue until the position has been filled.

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 Child Development 

The Department of Education and Child Development at Whittier College announces a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the field of child development to begin fall 2020. We are particularly interested in the following areas: physical development, prenatal to infancy, and/or post-early childhood. The successful candidate is expected to teach 20-credits annually that contribute to both the Child Development major and the liberal arts education program. 

We are interested in a collaborative colleague in the following areas:  

  • Candidates should have a Ph.D. (ABD at time of application accepted) in Child Development / Child Psychology or a closely related field with a specialization in physical development and/or prenatal to infancy or middle childhood to adolescent age periods. 
  • Experience or potential and commitment to teaching college students of diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated evidence of a publication record or potential to publish in child development and/or education journals.
  • Potential for effective teaching.
  • Experience with advising and mentoring at the undergraduate level desired.
  • Ability to teach introductory, advanced, and methods courses in the field of child development, in addition to developing courses in area of specialization. 
  • Candidates who are currently completing a doctoral degree must submit evidence indicating completion of the degree prior to the date of appointment.

The Department of Education and Child Development has a tradition of preparing highly qualified students. We offer a full 4-year major that focuses on the study of children. 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. 


Applications should include the following: A letter of application, teaching philosophy, research statement, curriculum vitae, official or unofficial transcripts, and three confidential letters of recommendation (sent directly to the department contact). Teaching evaluations and syllabi of undergraduate-level courses are desirable if available. Candidates must submit material electronically to Linda Brennan, Administrative Assistant, Department of Education & Child Development, Whittier College at lbrennan@whittier.edu.  For questions specific to the position, please contact the chair of the search Nora Obregon at nobregon@whittier.edu. Review of applications will begin January 01, 2020 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 Ph.D. 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

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). 

Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Whittier College invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of English. This will be a full-time, one-year sabbatical replacement beginning September 1, 2020. 

Hours: Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week

Exempt Status: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time status: Full-time

Salary Range: $55,000.00; Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge. 
Reports to: Department Chair

Location/Department: Whittier College (Main Campus)/English


The teaching load for this position is four courses per semester, or 24 credits. The position entails offering core courses in the college writing program along with courses in creative writing, poetry and another genre literature.

Non-essential Functions of the Job

    1.    None identified at this time.

Position Specifications and Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

This position requires an M.A. or M.F.A. in English. Teaching excellence is of primary importance, so preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate prior teaching experience at a four-year liberal arts college.

Application Deadline

January 17, 2020

The position is based in Whittier, California. To be considered for this position, 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 to: jburton@whittier.edu. AA/AOE.

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