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Westmont College
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Office: (805) 565-6007
Fax: (805) 565-7006
provost@westmont.edu

About Westmont

Westmont is a national liberal arts college in the evangelical Protestant tradition. We seek faculty invested in undergraduate teaching, a program of scholarly activity, and the mission of liberal arts education, whose work grows out of a vital and informed commitment to the Christian faith. Westmont is an EEO employer, seeking to be diverse in people and programs consistent with its mission.  The college seeks to enrich its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.  Women, candidates from historically underrepresented groups, and international scholars are especially encouraged to apply.

Westmont requires that all full-time faculty indicate full agreement with the Articles of Faith and support the standards enumerated in the statement on Community Life. Applicants will be asked to submit three brief (500 to 1500 words) statements describing their journey as a follower of Christ, their philosophy of Christian liberal arts education, and their view of the relationship between their faith and their professional/scholarly work.  

Westmont College does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, religion, marital status, military status, or veteran status.

Mission Statement

Westmont College is an undergraduate, residential, Christian, liberal arts community serving God's kingdom by cultivating thoughtful scholars, grateful servants, and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church, and world.

For more detailed information about the college, visit About Westmont.  

How to Apply for Faculty Positions

See the descriptions of open positions below for specific information about how to apply.

Department chairs: if you need an application for an open position created, please contact the administrative assistant in the provost's office.

Link to Part-Time Positions

 

Open Full-Time Positions

Biology

Chemistry, Open Rank

Computer Science

 
Kinesiology Kinesiology: Biomechanics Physics

Biology

Tenure-Track Position

The Biology Department invites individuals enthusiastic about undergraduate teaching and research to apply for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin Fall 2018. Hallmarks of Westmont’s Biology Department include innovation in classroom teaching (including inquiry-based lab and field experiences in cellular/molecular biology, ecology, and evolutionary biology), a commitment to robust faculty/student collaborative research, and dedication to the academic, social, and spiritual development of our students. A Ph.D. in cellular/molecular biology (or related field) along with relevant post-doctoral work is required. We are open to other specializations, but we are particularly seeking expertise in either neurobiology, plant/animal developmental biology, or genomic/proteomic studies. The successful candidate will teach a course in his/her specialty, introductory biology, biochemistry labs, and potentially molecular biology and/or microbiology. She/he will also be expected to establish and maintain a research program involving undergraduates, and to assist in this goal, startup funding will be provided. Existing faculty have been successful in attaining external funding, the college funds summer research students, and the Department has recently received a major grant for laboratory instrumentation. 

Use this link to access the application. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Steve Julio, chair, Biology Department, at sjulio@westmont.edu. Review of applications will begin in October 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

 

Chemistry, Open Rank

Tenure-Track Position

The Chemistry department invites applications for a tenure-track associate or full professor position in Chemistry to begin in the fall of 2018. The ideal candidate will have a trajectory of success in teaching chemistry at the undergraduate level, directing undergraduate research, and securing extramural funding.

The successful candidate will teach one or more courses in their area of specialty along with lower division lecture and laboratory courses.  They will also be expected to maintain an active research program that involves undergraduates.  In connection with the latter they will be expected to participate in the department’s summer research program, an endowed program which provides students with stipend support to conduct research with faculty over a ten week period each summer.  To help the successful candidate succeed, startup funding consistent with the needs of the candidate’s research program will be provided.

Westmont College is rooted in the worldwide, evangelical Protestant Christian tradition and candidates should be personally committed to this faith tradition.

Program Description

The chemistry department at Westmont College combines a rigorous academic program with the advantage of close faculty student interaction. We feature small classes, academic rigor, diverse degree tracks, modern facilities, a focus on undergraduate research, and an emphasis on the integration of science with Christian faith. Our students are routinely admitted to top graduate and professional programs.

Our laboratories are well equipped withhigh-quality instrumentationand synthesis facilities including 400 MHz NMR, EPR, FTIR, UV, CD, GC, GC-MS, ESI-MS, HPLC, FPLC, glovebox, and solvent purificationsystem, among others. 

Application Materials

Interested applications should visit this link for application instructions and to submit relevant documents.  Questions may be addressed to Dr. Stephen Contakes, Chair, Department of Chemistry, at scontakes@westmont.edu. Application will be reviewed in early 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

 

Computer Science

Tenure-Track Position

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science invites applications for a tenure track position in Computer Science at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor commencing in Fall 2018.  We seek a faculty member with a PhD in computer science who demonstrates professional and personal interests that extend beyond computer science, to include a commitment to life-long learning in the liberal arts and an ability to cultivate such learning in undergraduate students.  As a college rooted in the worldwide, evangelical Protestant Christian tradition, we are seeking candidates personally committed to this heritage.  Applicants should also share our commitment to greater inclusion of underrepresented groups in a field that sorely needs such diversity.

The ideal candidate:

  1. is serious about following Jesus
  2. wants to impact the lives of students
  3. has a vision for using her or his PhD in computer science in service of #1
  4. sees computer science as central to the liberal arts
  5. has a research agenda that includes opportunities for undergraduate students to participate
  6. solves problems creatively and enjoys thinking outside the box

The computer science program at Westmont reflects our assumption that a solid theoretical understanding provides the necessary basis for elegantly and efficiently solving problems – whether in research or development. With this pedagogical perspective in mind, the new faculty member will have opportunities to make significant contributions to the content and structure of the program.

Use this link to access the application. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Ray Rosentrater, chair, Mathematics & Computer Science Department, at rosentr@westmont.edu. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

 

 

Kinesiology

Tenure-Track Position

The Kinesiology Department invites applications and nominations for a position at the assistant or associate professor level to begin August 2018. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in kinesiology or a related field and demonstrated excellence in undergraduate classroom teaching and research. We are seeking candidates with an interest and vision for teaching core classes in the major such as foundations of kinesiology, senior capstone and the required internship program, as well as contributing to other areas in the discipline of kinesiology. Teaching responsibilities could include nutrition, public health, movement psychology, gerontology studies, health and wellness, or motor development. A qualified candidate would enhance faculty/student research in his/her chosen field. Proven administrative skills would be a welcome addition for future service in the Kinesiology Department. We are seeking department members who are committed to the overall development of students, as well as preparation for future goals. The Kinesiology Department is highly regarded for its ability to prepare students for successful postgraduate study and meaningful careers.

Use this link to access the application. Questions may be addressed to Professor Russell Smelley at smelley@westmont.edu. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

 

 

Kinesiology: Biomechanics

Tenure-Track Position

The Kinesiology Department invites applications and nominations for a position at the assistant or associate professor level, with expertise in biomechanics, motor behavior and research to begin August 2018. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in kinesiology or a related field and demonstrated excellence in undergraduate classroom teaching and research. She/he will be expected to maintain a research program involving undergraduates. To assist in this goal, startup funding will be provided, as well as funding for summer research students. Proven administrative skills would be a welcome addition for future service in the Kinesiology Department. We are seeking department members who are committed to the overall development of students, as well as preparation for future goals. The Kinesiology Department is highly regarded for its ability to prepare students for successful postgraduate study and meaningful careers.

Use this link to access the application. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Gregg Afman at afman@westmont.edu. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

 

 

Physics

Tenure-Track Position

The Physics Department invites applications for a tenure-track post in Experimental Physics or Astronomy. The candidate must have a PhD in physics (postdoctoral experience preferred), a desire and ability to teach undergraduate physics courses, and the capacity to direct undergraduate research. Applications from underrepresented groups and women are especially encouraged.

Use this link to access the application. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Ken Kihlstrom, chair, Physics Department, at kihlstr@westmont.edu. Review of applications will begin in October 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.