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 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.


Biology Laboratory Instructor

The Biology Department is accepting applications for a Laboratory Instructor position to teach introductory level laboratories in Cell and Molecular Biology.  Candidates must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in biology and demonstrated proficiency with basic molecular techniques.  The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate teaching.  

Salary Range: $38,000-$48,000

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 directly by the letter writers to Erica Fradinger, Chair, Biology Department, Whittier College, via email to efrading@whittier.edu. Review of applications will begin in early March and continue until the position is filled.


Visiting Assistant Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology

At this time, the Biology Department is accepting applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Cell and Molecular Biology with the possibility of renewal based on curricular need and performance. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or an M.S. (with significant college-level teaching experience) in molecular and cellular biology and preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in genetics. 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 be dependent on the candidate’s areas of expertise, but may include both introductory and upper-level biology laboratory courses, and courses for our liberal arts curriculum.  

Salary Range: $48,000-$56,000

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 directly by the letter writers to Erica Fradinger, Chair, Biology Department, Whittier College, via email to efrading@whittier.edu. Review of applications will begin in early March and continue until the position is filled.


Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

The Whittier College Chemistry department, an ACS-approved program, is looking for up to two one-year Visiting Assistant Professors for the 2019-2020 academic year (full-time, non-tenure track) with the potential for renewal.  One position is in Organic Chemistry and the other position could be in any sub-discipline of chemistry.  A successful candidate will have earned a Chemistry Ph.D., an M.S. with significant college-level teaching experience, or ABDs may also be considered.  Teaching responsibilities for the Organic Chemistry position will include two semesters of Organic chemistry, one semester of General Chemistry, and a course for non-majors.  Teaching responsibilities for the second potential position include two semesters of General Chemistry and a course for non-majors.  

Salary Range: $54,000-$57,000

Please send a cover letter, CV, a philosophy of teaching, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, have three references send confidential recommendation letters to Devin Iimoto at diimoto@whittier.edu. Review of applications will begin February 25.  


Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

The program in Environmental Science at Whittier College is accepting applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in Environmental Science.  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, the development of sustainable energy strategies, the challenges of maintaining biodiversity, the handling and disposal of hazardous materials, and managing risks associated with large-scale natural phenomena such as earthquakes, floods, and fires.

Salary Range: $50,000-$54,000

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or a M.S. (with significant college-level teaching experience) in any area of Environmental Science.  However, preference will be given to candidates whose area of expertise is in any of these fields: geographic information science, biology of climate change, environmental change in general, or sustainability science. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate teaching excellence and the potential to develop at least one new upper division course in his or her area of expertise. This one-year, full-time visiting position carries a 24 units teaching load per year.  Course responsibilities will include teaching our flagship Introduction to Environmental Science course, a course on long-term environmental change, an interdisciplinary course on science and society and the possibility of a new intermediate level course in the candidate’s area of expertise.

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 directly by the letter writers to David Mbora, via email to dmbora@whittier.edu. Review of applications will begin in early March and continue until the position is filled.


Visiting Assistant Professor of Human Anatomy and Physiology

The Biology Department is accepting applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Human Anatomy and Physiology with the possibility of renewal based on curricular need and performance.  Candidates must have a minimum of a Master’s level education in Biology or any health related field.  The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate teaching excellence. Specifically, this one-year, full-time visiting position carries a 24 unit teaching load.  Course responsibilities will include two sections of Human Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory and a connections course supporting our liberal arts curriculum.

Salary Range: $48,000-$56,000

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 directly by the letter writers to Erica Fradinger, Chair, Biology Department, Whittier College, via email to efrading@whittier.edu. Review of applications will begin in early March and continue until the position is filled.


Visiting Instructor 

The College Writing Program at Whittier College invites applications for 1, and possibly 2, full-time, non-continuing instructor positions. Appointment to these positions will be for the fall term 2019 and will carry the rank of Visiting Instructor.

Salary Range: $50,000-$56,000

Qualifications for the position include:

  1. an M.A. or higher in Composition and Rhetoric, or a similar field; and,
  2. a minimum of two years successful experience teaching college-level composition.  

Applicants with an M.A. or higher in Creative Writing, Literature, Linguistics, or Communication Studies and substantial expertise in current writing pedagogy are also welcome.  Experience with both traditional writing pedagogy and composition across modes and media will be especially desirable. The successful candidate will teach four sections of our First Year Writing Seminar, INTD 100. 

At Whittier College, writing, learning, and student engagement with faculty and peers are very tightly integrated. All first year students at Whittier College enroll, in their first semester, in writing seminars primarily designed to introduce them to the expectations for college writers. These seminars consist of not more than 15 students, emphasize writing as a process, combine elements of Collaborative, Rhetorical, and Critical pedagogies, and are organized around substantive academic topics.

To be assured of consideration, the candidate should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, graduate academic transcripts, and at least two recent letters of reference* to:

Charles Eastman, Director of College Writing Programs
Whittier College
13406 East Philadelphia St. 
Whittier, CA 90608-0634
or electronically to: ceastman@whittier.edu  by Monday April 15th, 2019. 

*By providing these letters you agree that we may contact your references.