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 Biology Department of Westmont College invites applications for a full-time (11 month) lab coordinator and instructor. The position comes with faculty status but is non-tenure-track. Candidates must have at least a Master’s degree in biology or specialized biological science. At least 2 years of additional laboratory, technical, teaching experience is desired. Responsibilities include teaching lower-division general biology labs, supporting other Biology faculty in lab instruction through preparing solutions and setting up lab stations, ordering reagents, maintaining laboratory equipment and computers, supervising student employees, promoting and maintaining laboratory safety, supporting Biology faculty in research, and participating in departmental program review and assessment. The opportunity to teach other lab courses in specialty also exists. Ideal candidates would be collaborative, energetic, well organized, and committed to Christian liberal arts education.
Use this link to access the application. Questions may be addressed to Professor Elizabeth Horvath, Chair, Department of Biology, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Westmont is an EEO employer, seeking to be diverse in people and programs consistent with its mission.
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 email@example.com. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018 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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin in October 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
The Department of Political Science at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of associate or assistant professor in International Relations. The appointment will begin in August 2020. Candidates should be able to teach broadly in international relations, with preference given to those who can also offer courses in comparative politics and introductory research methods. Applicants must have a Ph.D., evidence of excellence in scholarship and teaching, and a commitment to mentoring undergraduate students. A normal teaching load includes three 4-unit courses per semester, committee assignments, and academic advising.
Westmont College is a nationally ranked, selective liberal arts college in the evangelical Protestant tradition. We desire faculty who are animated by a serious Christian faith, are able to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue and pedagogy, and who share a commitment to justice, citizenship, and service. Westmont has a strong commitment to cultural and academic diversity that is increasingly reflected in its student body, curriculum, and faculty. We seek a colleague who shares these commitments and will contribute to their rich applications in political science.
Use this link to access the application. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Jesse Covington, chair of Political Science via e-mail: email@example.com. Review of applications will begin in June 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.
For priority interview consideration, applications should be received by August 1, 2019.
Open Part-Time Positions
The Psychology Department at Westmont College invites applications for an adjunct faculty position in Child Development to begin January 2020. Preference will be given to applicants with a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in psychology and demonstrated excellence in undergraduate classroom teaching. ABD will also be considered. Experience with online course management systems (e.g., Canvas) is preferred. The Psychology Department is highly regarded for its ability to prepare students for successful postgraduate study and meaningful careers. Please review the Community Life Statement and the Articles of Faith of Westmont College. The application requires candidates to submit a statement describing their ability to work in the context of a community that affirms the Community Life Statement and the Articles of Faith.
Use this link to access the application. Questions may be addressed to Professor Ronald See at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin May 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.
If you are interested in a part-time teaching positions not posted here, 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.