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 in Physical Chemistry

The Whittier College Chemistry department, an ACS-approved program, is looking for an adjunct in Physical Chemistry for the Fall 2018 semester. A successful candidate will have either earned a Chemistry Ph.D., or be ABD, or have a MS.  The visitor will teach a 4 credit semester course of Physical Chemistry lecture (thermodynamics and kinetics).   

Salary: $1550 per credit.

Review of applications will begin March 26, 2018. Please send a cover letter, CV, unofficial graduate transcript, and arrange for two references to send confidential recommendation letters to Priscilla Bell at pbell@whittier.edu. Whittier College is a Hispanic serving institution and invites applications from underrepresented minorities and is an EOE.


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.  


Visiting Assistant Professor in Cellular Biology 

The Biology Department at Whittier College is accepting applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Biology. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or an M.S. (with significant college-level teaching experience) in any biological science but preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in molecular and cell biology. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate teaching excellence and the potential to teach a variety of cellular level courses. Specifically, this one-year, full-time visiting position carries a 24 unit teaching load.  Course responsibilities will include introductory and upper-level cell and molecular biology laboratory courses and courses for non-majors.  The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to develop a new upper level course in cellular or molecular biology. 

Whittier College is a residential four-year liberal arts institution that prepares students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society. Inspired by a Quaker heritage, the Whittier education equips students to be active citizens and effective communicators who embrace diversity and act with integrity. 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: $54,000

Please submit (in PDF format) a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief statement of teaching philosophy and three letters of recommendation to Hector Valenzuela, Chair, Biology Department, Whittier College, via email to hvalenzu@whittier.edu. Review of applications will begin May 30 and continue until the position is full (pending final approval).


Visiting Assistant Professor in Organismal Biology 

The Biology Department at Whittier College is accepting applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Biology. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or an M.S. (with significant college-level teaching experience) in any biological science but preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in organismal biology. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate teaching excellence and the potential to develop a new upper division course. This two-year, full-time visiting position carries a 24 unit teaching load per year.  Course responsibilities will include a non-major’s biology course, introductory organismal biology laboratory courses, comparative vertebrate anatomy, and animal physiology.  The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to develop a new upper level course in organismal biology. 

Whittier College is a residential four-year liberal arts institution that prepares students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society. Inspired by a Quaker heritage, the Whittier education equips students to be active citizens and effective communicators who embrace diversity and act with integrity. 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: $54,000

Please submit (in PDF format) a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief statement of teaching philosophy and three letters of recommendation to Hector Valenzuela, Chair, Biology Department, Whittier College, via email to hvalenzu@whittier.edu. Review of applications will begin May 30th and continue until the position is full (pending final approval).


Visiting Instructor of Mathematics and Computer Science

The Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at Whittier College invites applications for one full-time, non-continuing instructor position. Appointment to these positions will be for the Fall 2018 semester and will carry the rank of Visiting Instructor. Applicants for the Visiting Instructor position should have at least a Master's degree, or Ph.D., in mathematics, statistics, or a related field. The successful candidate for this position will teach courses like Transition to College Mathematics, College Algebra, and Precalculus Mathematics, and also support the assessment of those courses. The usual visiting teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester.

Salary Range: $25,000 - $28,000

Please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate transcripts, and at least two confidential letters of reference sent by the references to mathchair@whittier.edu (PDFs preferred).

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