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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

Mission Statement of Westmont College

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.

About Westmont

Westmont College is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in the Protestant evangelical tradition. Faculty are expected to wholeheartedly embrace the mission of the college, relating their faith to their teaching, to their scholarship, to their mentoring, and to their lives. The college has a strong commitment to build a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber.

With a limited enrollment of 1200 students, the college is selective in admissions and emphasizes excellence in undergraduate teaching and scholarship. The college sponsors domestic and international programs that allow students to study in environments that are culturally and ethnically different from their own. Applicants with the expertise and experience to participate in these activities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Westmont is an EEO employer, seeking to be diverse in people and programs consistent with its mission. For more detailed information about the college, visit About Westmont.  

How to Apply for Faculty Positions

Applicants should send their application with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names of three references (unless otherwise indicated) to the individual department chair, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108.

Full-Time Faculty Application, PDF

Part-Time Faculty Application, PDF

Open Positions

CHEMISTRY:  Organic Chemistry

WESTMONT COLLEGE, a top-tier national liberal arts college, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Organic Chemistry. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and a genuine desire to teach chemistry at the undergraduate level, to direct undergraduate research, and to pursue extramural funding. Postdoctoral experience preferred.

As a college rooted in the worldwide, evangelical Protestant Christian tradition, we are seeking candidates personally committed to this faith tradition. Applications from underrepresented groups and women are especially encouraged. Westmont is an EEO employer, seeking to be diverse in people and programs consistent with its mission.

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 with high-quality instrumentation including 400 MHz NMR, FTIR, GC, GC/mass spec, HPLC, anda solvent purificationsystem.

Application Materials

Submit a CV, a description of research plans, three letters of recommendation, and the full-time faculty application to Dr. Michael Everest, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 (meverest@westmont.edu).

Review of applications begins in September and will continue until the position is filled.

COMPUTER SCIENCE: Assistant or Associate Professor

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science invites applications for a tenure-track position in Computer Science at the assistant or associate professor level.  We seek a new faculty member with a Ph.D. 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 faith tradition.  The diversity of Westmont's student body is increasing, with 29% of this year's student body self-identifying as students of color; the department is committed to broadening the participation of students of color and women in computer science.  Thus we seek candidates with knowledge of the unique experiences of these students and an ability to teach and mentor students of diverse backgrounds.

The ideal candidate:

0. is serious about following Jesus;

1. wants to impact the lives of students;

2. has a vision for using her or his PhD in computer science in service of #1;

3. sees computer science as central to the liberal arts;

4. has a research agenda that includes opportunities for undergraduate students to participate;

5. thinks and solves problems creatively.

The computer science program at Westmont grows out of the 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.

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a full-time faculty applications (see link to PDF above), and the names and contact information of three references to Patti Hunter, Chair, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, or to phunter@westmont.edu.  The cover letter should explicitly address the applicant's interest in and experience teaching and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds.  Review of applications begins October 1.  Westmont is an EEO employer, seeking to be diverse in people and programs consistent with its mission.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES: Assistant/Associate Professor

The Department of Religious Studies invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position in Christian theology at the rank of assistant professor or associate professor, effective fall 2015. Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree with a specialization in theology. Secondary expertise in another area of religious studies is desirable. Selected applicants will be interviewed at the AAR/SBL meeting in San Diego. Applicants should send the following: a letter of application, a CV, names of three references, and a Faculty Employment Application with accompanying Personal Statements (see http://www.westmont.edu/_academics/pages/provost/faculty_application.pdf) to Dr. Telford Work, Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 (or email:rsdept@westmont.edu). Review of applications will begin in October 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Westmont is a national liberal arts college in the evangelical Protestant tradition. We seek faculty who are committed to undergraduate teaching, to a program of scholarly activity, and to the mission of liberal arts education, all growing out of a vital and informed commitment to the Christian faith. Westmont is an EO employer, seeking to be diverse in people and programs consistent with its mission.