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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, all growing out of a vital and informed commitment to the Christian faith. Westmont seeks to enrich its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.  Women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

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.

Full-Time Faculty Application, PDF Part-Time Faculty Application, PDF

Open Positions

Anthropology Biology Communication Studies Economics and Business
English Kinesiology Library Director Mathematics Physics

Anthropology

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is now accepting applications and nominations for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor position in Cultural Anthropology, effective fall of 2016. The department seeks a globally-engaged scholar who is broadly trained in anthropology, with an excellent teaching record and an active research agenda. Specialty and geographical area are open. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in anthropology. Candidates should be prepared to teach introductory courses in cultural anthropology, theory and research methods, and upper-level courses in their fields of specialization. Candidates must demonstrate willingness to contribute to interdisciplinary dialogue and collaborations, Westmont’s Global Education program, and other locally or globally engaged initiatives found on campus.

As a department, we are particularly committed to diversity in personnel and perspective, so persons of color are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should send the following: a letter of application, a CV, names of three references, and a Full-Time Faculty Application with accompanying personal statements to Dr. Felicia Song, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 (or fsong@westmont.edu). In the cover letter, applicants should indicate specific ways in which they can actively embrace the identity and mission of the college. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Biology

The Biology Department invites applications for a tenure-track position in biology at the rank of assistant professor, to begin Fall 2016. An earned Ph.D. in cellular/molecular biology (or related field), along with relevant post-doctoral work, is required.  Preference will be given to candidates in the specific areas of neurobiology, plant/animal developmental biology, or genomic/proteomic studies. Teaching assignments will include an introductory biology course and a course in the applicant’s specialty, and may also include biochemistry and/or molecular biology. Applicants will be expected to establish and maintain a research program involving undergraduate students.

Applicants should send the following: a letter of application, a CV, names of three references, and a Full-Time Faculty Application with accompanying personal statements to Dr. Steve Julio, Department of Biology Chair, at sjulio@westmont.edu. Review of applications will begin in October 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies seeks a creative scholar who can teach some combination of courses that involve criticism, analysis, and argument.  We welcome a variety of areas of research specialization.  Potential courses may include communication criticism, mass communication, argumentation, new communication technologies, international approaches to the study of communication and rhetoric, and the representation of marginalized groups in public discourse and media.  We are looking for a colleague who is interested in developing mentoring relationships with students, desires conversation about teaching and scholarship, and has a deep appreciation for good humor.

Ideal candidates will want to develop mentoring relationships with students, desire conversation about teaching and scholarship, and have a deep appreciation for good humor.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Communication at the time of appointment.

Our new faculty member will join three other full-time colleagues who embrace a range of humanistic and social scientific perspectives.  Our department mission is to help students improve in both “wisdom and eloquence,” a centuries-old but still contemporary ideal. Students develop facility in communication theory and skills, gain an understanding of rhetoric as part of the human experience, and bring Christian values to bear on communication as a moral act.

Class sizes range from 12 (in writing intensive courses and seminars) to 25 (for most lecture courses).  A full-time teaching load is 24 units (three four-unit courses per semester).  All faculty have advising and committee responsibilities, and actively engage in scholarship.

Initial letters of inquiry should include a statement as to why you are interested in teaching at a Christian liberal arts college such as Westmont. With your letter of inquiry, please include your C.V. and names of three references.  Candidates advanced to the next stage will also submit a Full-Time Faculty Application with accompanying personal statements. Send all materials and inquiries to Professor Lesa Stern, Ph.D., Communication Studies, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 (or lstern@westmont.edu).

 

Economics and Business

The Department of Economics and Business invites applications for a tenure-track assistant/associate professor position in Economics and Business to begin in August 2016. The preferred candidate will have an MBA and a PhD or DBA in business from an AACSB-accredited business school.

Teaching will include both lower division and upper division economics and business courses.

A minimum of 2 to 3 years of teaching experience is preferred.  The candidate should have a demonstrated proficiency in teaching, a strong commitment to teaching and serving in a Christian liberal arts context, and a record of research in management, marketing or business strategy. Teaching will include both lower division and upper division economics and business courses.

Among the specific courses which are desired to be covered are principles of management, principles of marketing, international marketing, international business policy, and business strategy. The faculty member will also engage in research in the economics and business field, advise economics and business majors and minors, serve on campus-wide committees and task forces, and be a full participant in departmental assessment and planning work.

Applicants should send the following: a letter of application, a CV, names of three references, and a Full-Time Faculty Application with accompanying personal statements to Professor Rick Ifland, Economics and Business department Chair, at rifland@westmont.edu. Review of applications will begin in October 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

English: American Literature

Approved tenure-track position in American literature (Minority or Multiethnic Literature) at the assistant professor level, to begin August 2016. This position requires expertise in one or more areas of Minority American Literature (e.g., African American, Arab American, Asian American, Caribbean, Latino/a, Native American, Pacific Islander, or multiethnic American literature). The successful candidate will be expected to teach a 3/3 load (24 units per year), which will include a variety of upper- and lower-division literature and writing courses, including core classes in literatures beyond British and Anglo-American traditions.

Minimum qualifications: (1) an earned Ph.D. in English, American Studies, Comparative Literature or another appropriate field by the date of appointment; (2) a record of an active research agenda with specialization in American literature from underrepresented traditions; (3) a demonstrated excellence in the college-level teaching of literature as well as composition.  Preferred qualifications: (1) experience in 19th century or early American literature; (2) interest in interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching.

To apply, please send a cover letter, a CV with three references, and a Full-Time Faculty Application (without Personal Statements) through Interfolio ByCommittee to Dr. Paul Willis, Search Committee Chair. In the cover letter, applicants should indicate specific ways in which they can actively embrace the identity and mission of the college.

Review of applications will begin on October 15 and continue until the position is filled. Each applicant will receive a personal e-mail response. Semifinalists will be interviewed at the MLA Convention in Austin, TX, in January 2016. Finalists will be scheduled for campus visits to follow.

English: Anglophone Literature (Global South)

Approved tenure-track position in Anglophone literature (Global South) at the assistant professor level, to begin August 2016. The position requires expertise in one or more areas of the Global South (e.g., Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, South Asia, the South Pacific). The successful candidate will be expected to teach a 3/3 load (24 units per year), which will include a variety of upper- and lower-division literature and writing courses, including core classes in literatures beyond British and Anglo-American traditions.

Minimum qualifications: (1) an earned Ph.D. in English, Comparative Literature, or another appropriate field by the date of appointment; (2) a record of an active research agenda with specialization in Anglophone literature of the Global South; (3) a demonstrated excellence in the college-level teaching of literature as well as composition.  Preferred qualifications: (1) experience in literary theory; (2) interest in interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching.

To apply, please send a cover letter, a CV with three references, and a Full-Time Faculty Application (without Personal Statements) through Interfolio ByCommittee to Dr. Paul Willis, Search Committee Chair. In the cover letter, applicants should indicate specific ways in which they can actively embrace the identity and mission of the college.

Review of applications will begin on October 15 and continue until the position is filled. Each applicant will receive a personal e-mail response. Semifinalists will be interviewed at the MLA Convention in Austin, TX, in January 2016. Finalists will be scheduled for campus visits to follow.

Kinesiology

The Kinesiology Department at Westmont College 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, 2016. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and demonstrated excellence in undergraduate classroom teaching and research.

Applicants should send the following: a letter of application, CV, names of three references, and a Full-Time Faculty Application with accompanying personal statements to Dr. Gregg Afman, Kinesiology Department, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 (afman@westmont.edu). Review of applications will begin on October 15 and will continue until position is filled.

Mathematics

The Deparment of Mathematics and Computer Science invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position in mathematics at the rank of assistant professor, effective fall 2016. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in mathematics or a mathematical science. The area of specialization is open. Selected applicants will be interviewed at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Seattle. Applicants should send the following: a letter of application, a CV, names of three references, and a Full-Time Faculty Application with accompanying personal statements to Dr. Ray Rosentrater, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 (or rosentr@westmont.edu ). Review of applications will begin in October 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Physics

The Deparment of Physics invites applications for an anticipated tenure-track post in Experimental Physics. The candidate must have a PhD in physics (postdoctoral experience preferred), a desire to teach undergraduate students, and the capacity to direct undergraduate research.

Applicants should send the following: a letter of application, a CV, names of three references, and a Full-Time Faculty Application with accompanying personal statements to Professor Ken Kihlstrom, Physics Department Chair, at kihlstr@westmont.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.