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 Theatre Arts invites applications for a one semester visiting Artist/Scholar-in-Residence at the rank of assistant professor, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the theatre arts, beginning August 15, 2021.
The Artist/Scholar-in-Residence position invites guest teaching artists to the college for a short-term residency. The goal of the program is to amplify the Theatre Arts Department’s focus on diversity, justice, global engagement, and intercultural competency. The guest faculty member, depending on disciplinary interests, can teach, direct, design, lead workshops, and interact with the Westmont and Santa Barbara communities. Artists and scholars from a broad disciplinary focus are welcome to apply, including dramaturges, directors, designers, playwrights, actors, and other theatre specialists.
Responsibilities include teaching a seminar course focusing on race, ethnicity, and gender on the American stage, a foundational Great Literature of the Stage course with a special focus on diversity, justice, and equity, and one other course or production suited to the professional focus of the artist/scholar and the needs of the department. In addition, the faculty candidate may be asked to mentor student projects. The residency program is a full-time, one-semester position. The Artist/Scholar-in-Residence will have faculty status.
Candidates must have a terminal degree (either an M.F.A. or a Ph.D.) in hand, or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment. Professional experience as a director, playwright, designer, performer, and/or performance-maker is preferred.
Successful applicants will be supportive of the Christian mission and vision of the college and interested in exploring the integration of the theatre arts and the Christian faith.
Use this link to access the application. Questions may be addressed to Mitchell Thomas, chair, Department of Theatre Arts: firstname.lastname@example.org Review of applications will begin February 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by this date will be assured full consideration.
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science invites applications for a tenure track position in Computer Science. 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.
Westmont College is seeking faculty members (of assistant or associate rank) for its new mechanical 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. The ideal areas of specialization are thermo and fluid dynamics and/or control systems. Candidates should also have a desire for interdisciplinary collaboration and a track record of excellent and innovative teaching.
This is a tenure-track position. The anticipated teaching load is 3 courses per semester with one or 2 possibly in May Term instead. Candidates with an active research program are desired; a regular professional presence in engineering could also serve as scholarly activity. Benefits include a generous faculty housing program that makes living in beautiful Santa Barbara affordable.
The Mathematics and Computer Science Department of Westmont College invites applications a one-year position in mathematics at the rank of assistant professor, effective fall 2021. We are seeking applicants with a Ph.D. in mathematics, applied mathematics, or statistics but strong candidates with a masters degree and teaching experience will also be considered.
A successful hire will exhibit a passion for teaching, 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, chair of Mathematics and Computer Science, at email@example.com. Review of applications will begin in March, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.
The Physics Department at Westmont College 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 undergrad physics courses, and the capacity to direct undergraduate research.
Westmont College is a national liberal arts college in the evangelical Protestant tradition, seeking faculty with a vital and informed commitment to the Christian faith. Applications from underrepresented groups and women are especially encouraged.
Use this link to access the application. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Kenneth Kihlstrom, chair of Physics, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin in September 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.
The Department of Physics and Engineering invites applications for a non-tenure-track, 12-month faculty position responsible for laboratory teaching and providing instructional and technical support for students and faculty members in the Physics and Engineering Department. The ideal start date is May 1st, 2021. A master’s degree or specialized manufacturing experience is required.
The candidate must have significant experience in manufacturing, including proficiency in wood and metal manufacturing machines such as a lathe, welder and mill. Experience in basic mechatronics such as the use of Arduinos as well as familiarity with CAD and 3-d printing would be advantageous. The successful candidate will run the Physics and Engineering manufacturing/prototyping facilities, instruct students on the use of these facilities, and help students in labs and in building prototypes of their designs.
The teaching portion of the position involves teaching lower-division Physics labs and an engineering class in Manufacturing Processes with the possible opportunity to teach upper-division labs in one’s specialty. This involves teaching between 10-14 units per year. The candidate will develop and enforce the lab safety program and the manufacturing training program. The instructional and technical support portion of the position involve supporting other Physics and Engineering faculty in course labs and research projects in a wide variety of ways, such as making arrangements for overnight field excursions, setting up lab stations, ordering, calibrating and maintaining equipment, and maintaining appropriate inventory of general lab supplies. Summer responsibilities would include working on student outreach and equipment needs.
A commitment to the mission of Westmont as a liberal arts college in the evangelical Christian tradition is essential. The candidate should also have an engaging presence in the classroom, a commitment to teaching excellence, and an openness to learning and improving with feedback. Furthermore, they should have a desire and ability to serve the needs of others while maintaining focus on safety, and an ability to multi-task with accuracy and reliability.
Use this link to access the application. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Ken Kihlstrom, chair, Department of Physics at email@example.com, or to Dr. Dan Jensen, director of engineering at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Psychology Department at Westmont College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant/associate professor level with a start date of fall 2021. Candidates must have a PhD and evidence of scholarly activity and a focused research program in one or more of the following areas: cognitive, learning (human and/or animal), and industrial/organizational psychology.
We seek applicants with a serious commitment to high-quality undergraduate teaching in a Christian liberal arts setting. Courses to be taught include: introductory psychology, cognitive psychology with lab, capstone course for senior research, and other areas based on need and interest. Candidates must be willing to supervise student research and conduct research that involves students collaboratively.
Use this link to access the application. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Ronald See, chair of Psychology, at email@example.com. Review of applications will begin in September 2020 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.