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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 2018.  We are particularly interested in the following areas: Management and Organizational Behavior, Strategic Management, as well as other management electives.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Management in hand by September, 2018. 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 six 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 education program. Additional responsibilities include an active professional development agenda, student advising, and service to the Department and College. 

Salary Range: $63,000 - $80,000

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 (PDFs preferred). The deadline has been extended.  Review of applications will continue and interviews will be scheduled in February; the position is open until filled.

Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture 

The Art & Visual Studies department at Whittier College announces a new tenure-track faculty position for an Art Historian with a focus in the History of Latinx Photography and Visual Media. A Ph.D. is required and should be in hand by December 2018. We seek a candidate who focuses on intersectional approaches to contemporary U.S. Latinx/Chicanx photography, art, and visual media.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to design and teach a number of courses including Intro to Visual Culture/Media, History of Photography, Contemporary Art, Modern and Contemporary Latinx Visual Culture, and Media Theory. The applicant will have the opportunity to develop courses based on her/his own research interests and is also expected to contribute to the College writing program. The teaching load is 20 credits with a normal load of six courses per year. We seek an instructor with the ability to create collaborative opportunities and interdisciplinary partnerships both within the College and beyond in the metropolitan Los Angeles area. In addition to teaching, the candidate is expected to be an active scholar in his/her field, mentor students, and engage in service to the Department and the College including committee work.

The instructor occupying this position will work with the studio faculty and studio art majors as well as the existing art history faculty to develop and shift the focus of the current art history program to a new focus on photography and contemporary visual media, broadly construed to include such topics as digital media (web, data, social media, etc.), moving image (video, film, animation, etc.), and other emerging or experimental forms of visual culture.

Salary Range: $63,000 - $70,000

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • PHD in Art History/Visual Culture
  • ABD Considered with the understanding that degree should be in hand by December 2018
  • Ability to Teach Specific Courses Listed in Ad
  • Active Research Agenda

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to teach to diverse student populations
  • Ability to contribute to wider lib ed program
  • Two years of teaching experience

Required Application Material

  • Letter of Interest
  • CV
  • Sample Syllabus for “Intro to Visual Culture/Media” course
  • 3 Confidential Letters of Recommendation will be requested once candidates advance to short list.

Recommended But Not Required

  • Research Statement or Plan
  • Writing Sample
  • Summary of Student Evaluations
  • Teaching Philosophy

Required application materials are due January 15th. Please send materials in PDF form to the chair of the Art & Visual Studies Department, Associate Professor Danny Jauregui,

The department will conduct interviews at the CAA conference in Los Angeles. Please indicate in your application if you plan on attending the conference.

Assistant Professor of Education (Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy)

The focus of this position is teacher education with a specialization in reading/language arts and/or social studies. Additional experience in the area of special education or bilingual education desired, but not required. Strong candidates would also have ability to teach courses in diversity and/or education psychology. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses; this includes both the elementary and secondary credential programs as well as the master’s level program. All 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. Student advisement, scholarly research in education and publishing, and college service are also important components of the position and essential for retention, tenure and promotion.

The Department of Education and Child Development is seeking a colleague committed to innovative teacher education in a student-centered liberal arts college. Because we serve a student body and larger community that is diverse in many ways, we are serious about seeking qualified candidates who have 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 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.

Salary Range: $63,000 - $70,000


Candidates will be expected to teach courses that contribute to the college’s graduate program as well as the college’s undergraduate liberal arts program. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • One or more of the following:
    • Literacy Development in Elementary schools
    • Multiple Subject (elementary) Curriculum & Pedagogy: Language Arts w/Social Science and Visual & Performing Arts
    • Single Subject (secondary) Curriculum & Pedagogy: English/History Content Area Literacy
    • Children’s Literature
  • Education Research Methods

According to California law [Education Code Section 44227.5 (a) and (b)], teacher education faculty are also required to participate actively in public elementary and secondary schools and classrooms at least once every three academic years.


  • Ed.D. or 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.


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, unofficial graduate transcripts, a dissertation abstract, and three confidential letters of professional recommendation (sent directly from the reference). Applicants must submit materials electronically (PDFs preferred) to Dr. Shannon Stanton, Department of Education & Child Development, Whittier College, at

Review of completed applications will begin October 15, 2017 and will close November 3rd (late applications may be considered).

Assistant Professor of Film Studies 

Whittier College, a private, independent, liberal arts college located in the Los Angeles area, seeks qualified applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Film Studies position in the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts. The College has 1650 students, with approximately 50 theatre majors and 30 film minors. The Department is housed in the Ruth B. Shannon Center of the Performing Arts, a modern facility that includes two theatres and excellent support facilities. Video production facilities are housed elsewhere on campus. The Department offers a major (with an emphasis in either Design or Performance) and minor in Theater and a minor in Film Studies.

Salary Range: $63,000 - $70,000


The successful candidate must carry a teaching load of 20 credits per year:

  • teach courses in introduction to film, history, criticism & theory, and in video production
  • serve as adviser to students who minor in Film Studies, who are incorporating film studies into their self-designed majors through the Whittier Scholars Program, and to first-year students
  • support the College through service including serving on a faculty committees
  • support the Liberal Arts curriculum by teaching a first-year writing seminar every other year and/or developing a paired course taught in connection with a Whittier College colleague
  • maintain an active and sustainable portfolio of peer-reviewed scholarship and creative activity (through publication, conference presentations, and/or productions) in addition to other forms of professional development
  • be dedicated to the education of students in the context of a liberal arts college with a diverse student population


Required: An M.F.A. or a Ph.D. in Film Studies or related field. The successful candidate must have demonstrable background to teach the following courses: Fundamentals of Cinema; Film Theory & Criticism (the two required core Film Studies courses); Introduction to Video Production; Advanced Video Production; as well as other history & genre focused film courses. Applicants must have excellent college-level teaching experience, and have (or show promise of) publications.

Application Details 

Application materials must include the items listed below. Applicants should fully describe qualifications and experience, since the initial review will serve to evaluate applicants based on documented, relevant qualifications and professional work experience.

For an application to be considered complete, please include the following:

  • Cover or application letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • evidence of teaching success (including sample evaluations with an evaluation summary)
  • 3 confidential letters of recommendation sent to search chair by references, not applicant
  • unofficial transcripts from graduate work
  • research statement or plan (that includes collaboration with undergraduates)
  • sample syllabi
  • writing & film/video samples

Applications must be submitted electronically (PDFs preferred), and letters of recommendation should be confidential and sent directly from the recommenders to:

Or by mail to:

Professor Jennifer S. Holmes, Chair
Dept. of Theatre and Communication Arts
Whittier College
13406 E. Philadelphia St.
Whittier, CA 90608

Review of completed applications with begin on January 10, 2018.

Visiting Assistant Professor in Anthropology

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Whittier College seeks a sociocultural anthropologist to serve as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Anthropology for a one-year term. We prefer individuals with ethnographic experience in Africa and/or the African Diaspora (Latin America, North America, or the Caribbean). Research specialization is open, but we would be 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. The position requires a Ph.D. in hand by August of 2018, and the term of the appointment may be extended to two years depending department need and classroom performance.

Salary: $53,000

Our review of applications will begin April 1st. Please send cover letter, cv, a statement of teaching philosophy, and recent course evaluations in PDF form to Ann Kakaliouras, Associate Professor of Anthropology at

Visiting Assistant Professor of English 

Whittier College is offering a two-year, sabbatical-replacement position for the 2018-2020 school years to teach courses in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century British literature, and sections of Introduction to Literature. The load is 24 credits (8 courses over the year). Applicants must have the Ph.D. in hand by Fall 2018.

Salary: $53,000

Our review of applications will begin February 2. Please send cover letter, vita, statement of teaching philosophy, summary of teaching evaluations and dossier to Tony Barnstone, Chair, Department of English, Whittier College, 13406 Philadelphia St, PO Box 634, Whittier CA 90608 (