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Visiting Assistant Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies

Whitman College
Walla Walla, Washington State
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Feb 29, 2024

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Located in the vibrant community of Walla Walla, WAWhitman College is home to an intellectually diverse, dynamic, and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty serving roughly 1,500 students from the local region and across the globe. With exceptional students, accomplished faculty and staff, and engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence as one of the top undergraduate, liberal arts colleges in the country.

The Geology Department and Environmental Studies Program at Whitman College are seeking candidates for a multi-year position with expertise in surficial geological processes and human interactions with the environment, at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor, beginning August 2024. A Ph.D. is required upon starting the position. The position may be renewed for two additional years pending positive evaluation of teaching.

The successful candidate will teach two interdisciplinary courses (Introduction to Environmental Studies and Environmental Studies Senior Seminar), as well as several courses in geology including Environmental Geology, Geomorphology, and an introductory geology course in the applicant’s area of expertise. The teaching load is five courses. The successful candidate will have the option of participating in the Geology Department's twice yearly, 4-day Regional Geology field trips. The Geology Department and Environmental Studies Program value creative approaches to integrating teaching and scholarship and cultivating inclusive learning environments.

Whitman College is committed to fostering an inclusive learning community that values diverse identities, experiences, and perspectives. In the cover letter, candidates should describe their interest in teaching undergraduates, majors as well as non-majors, at all levels of instruction. In doing so, candidates should address how their lived experiences and classroom and scholarly practices will advance equity and inclusion in the learning environment.

To apply, go to The online application will prompt you to upload all of the required materials: a letter of application; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy; and evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction. The committee will solicit three letters of recommendation from applicants who reach the interview stage.

Review of applications will begin February 15, 2024

Salary Range: $65,000-$70,000

Whitman College offers a competitive benefits package that is designed to attract qualified candidates and retain talented employees. Full-time employees enjoy the following benefits: Medical/Dental/Vision Insurances; basic life, accidental death and dismemberment and long term disability insurances with the capability to elect additional voluntary coverage; 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan with a 10% matching contribution after eligibility requirements are met; employee tuition waiver for one Whitman course per semester; and an Employee Assistance Program. New faculty receive reimbursement for moving expenses based on the distance of relocation and are compensated $1,500 for attending a required New Faculty Orientation.

Whitman College is cultivating a community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge, and insights from lived experience can add to the college’s working and learning environment.

Whitman College is an EEO employer. The college shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. 


Whitman is an independent, co-educational, non-sectarian residential liberal arts and sciences undergraduate college, founded in 1882. Whitman College is renowned for combining academic excellence, an unpretentious Northwest culture, and an engaging community with approximately 1,500 students from 45 states and 30 nations. Nearly 70 percent of Whitman students live on campus and 98 percent of tenure-track faculty hold a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree in their field. During recent years the faculty has garnered honors and fellowships from Battelle Research Institute, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Fulbright Fellowships, Hughes Medical Institute, PEW Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Whitman College is located in historic Walla Walla in the scenic southeastern corner of Washington, two-and-a-half hours from Spokane, four hours from Portland, and four-and-a-half hours from Seattle. For more information visit

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