Office of the Provost Open Positions
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.
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.
Open Full-Time Positions
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science invites applications for a tenure track position in Computer Science, commencing Fall 2019. 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:
0. is serious about following Jesus, and wants to impact the lives of students
1. has a vision for using her or his PhD in computer science in service of #0
2. sees computer science as central to the liberal arts
3. has a research agenda that includes opportunities for undergraduate students to participate
4. 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. Russell Howell, chair, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.
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 email@example.com. Review of applications will begin in October 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
The Department of Education invites applications for a tenure-track position in elementary and/or secondary education, to begin August 2019. The position requires a relevant doctorate and minimum of three years full-time K-12 teaching experience, including experience in public schools. Area of specialization relatively open, but strengths in literacy, second-language acquisition, and/or special education are of particular interest. Expertise and/or experience with accreditation and state and national standards for the profession a plus.
Candidates must be willing to develop a range of classes in a small student-centered program, and have demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and intensively with a small team of departmental colleagues. Normal teaching load includes three four-unit classes or equivalent student teaching supervision per semester. Ability to contribute to the larger mission of a Christian liberal arts institution, to build relationships with local K-12 schools, and to pursue an independent scholarly agenda essential. Applicants with the expertise and experience to participate actively in promoting an environment that celebrates cultural and socio-economic diversity are particularly encouraged to apply.
Use this link to access the application. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Andrew Mullen, Department of Education (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications will begin October 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.
The Department of Modern Languages invites applications for a tenure track position in French, starting August 2019. Candidates must have the ability to teach a second language other than Spanish, with preference given to Arabic. We seek a dynamic and promising teacher and scholar who will invigorate our existing program in innovative ways. Candidates must have a Ph.D., a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, to scholarly research, and to department and college service. Applications from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.
Modern Language faculty teach six 4-unit courses per year (lower and upper-division), advise students, and contribute to departmental growth and development.
Use this link to access the application. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Mary Docter, chair of Modern Languages, at email@example.com. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.
The Kinesiology Department invites applications for two tenure-track positions commencing Fall of 2019. Each candidate must have a doctoral degree in kinesiology or exercise science, a desire to teach undergraduate kinesiology 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. Gregg Afman, chair, Kinesiology Department, firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin October 17, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.
Westmont College is seeking innovative and collaborative candidates for their open position of Director of the Westmont in San Francisco (WSF) Program. WSF is located in the Clunie House, a Victorian mansion on the San Francisco panhandle, and is one of longest-running off-campus programs at the college. It runs semester-long and summer programs in which students live in community, participate in intensive internships, and take classes which are all embedded in the vibrant context of the city. The director will provide leadership by setting the vision, developing curricula, and encouraging quality and innovation. They will supervise a staff of 2-3 and implement a successful marketing and recruitment program that will bring in 20-24 students per term. The director will be a staff member with faculty status, teaching 1-2 classes a semester (approximately 10-12 units a year) including a 1-unit interdisciplinary seminar focused on the city of San Francisco and a course that would attract economics and business major students. While the director will be located in San Francisco, travel to the main campus in Santa Barbara and to other collaborators will be required. Candidates must hold a PhD, MBA, or other advanced degree that would support the curricular offerings of the program. To apply, go to the staff openings page here.
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position in mathematics at the rank of assistant or associate professor, effective fall 2019. We are seeking applicants with a Ph.D. in statistics or applied mathematics, but exceptional candidates in pure mathematics with a demonstrated ability to teach applied courses will also be considered.
A successful hire will exhibit a passion for teaching, a good aptitude for research (including with undergraduates), and a delight in the opportunity to be a role model of a Christian scholar to young and eager maturing adults.
Use this link to access the application. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Russell Howell via e-mail: email@example.com. Review of applications will begin in January, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.
Westmont College is seeking its founding faculty member for a new engineering major. Candidates must hold a PhD in engineering and have training or significant experience in mechanical engineering. A strong commitment to shaping an engineering curriculum to fit a Christian liberal arts context is essential. Candidates should also have a desire for interdisciplinary collaboration and have a track record of excellent and innovative teaching. This is a tenure-track position. The faculty member will also serve an administrative role as Director of an Engineering program. While a teaching load of 20-24 units will be required, the first year will involve a lighter teaching load to allow time to refine the engineering curriculum, design new courses, and recruit additional engineering faculty and technical support. Candidates with an active research program are desired; a regular professional presence in engineering could also serve as scholarly activity. Candidates should complete the Westmont faculty application found here. Nominations and inquiries can be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Eileen McMahon McQuade, Associate Dean of the Faculty, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chemistry Department seeks applications for its Lab Instructor and Stockroom Manager. This is a full-time, non-tenure-track faculty position. Responsibilities include: 1) teaching and preparing for four General Chemistry lab sections per week (teaching duties may vary depending on departmental needs and candidate qualifications) ; 2) supervising student employees related to preparing and teaching the General Chemistry labs; 3) supervising student employees related to stockroom management and maintenance; 4) coordinating the maintenance and repair of departmental computers and instruments; 5) assisting faculty in coordinating laboratory preparation; 6) managing and maintaining the chemical inventory via the inventory management system; 7) ordering chemicals and lab supplies for the Chemistry Department; 8) receiving, entering, and storing chemicals as they enter the building; 9) tracking chemicals from the time they enter the building to the time they are disposed of; 10) managing and disposing of chemical waste for the Chemistry Department; 11) providing occasional safety training and monitoring safety compliance in all labs; 12) regularly inspecting safety equipment such as hoods, emergency showers, and eye wash stations.
A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in chemistry is required. A master’s degree is preferred. The candidate should have good organizational skills, as well as good teaching and communication abilities. The candidate should be willing and able to easily learn systems of chemical inventory, storage, lab safety, instrument maintenance, and waste disposal.
If you are interested in a part-time teaching position at Westmont, please contact the chair of the appropriate academic department. A list of department chairs can be found here. Contact information can be found here.
If you need an application for an open position created, please contact the executive assistant in the provost's office.