Assistant Professor of Astronomy

Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman’s beautiful tree-lined campus 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, along with a fiercely loyal and growing

number of engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for

academic excellence as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

The Department of Astronomy seeks applicants for a tenure-track position beginning August

2023 at the rank of assistant professor. Area of research open, with preference given to those

able to teach Observational Astronomy. Applicants must have a Ph.D. by the start of the


The successful candidate will offer courses at all levels of the Astronomy curriculum as well as

courses that contribute to the College’s general education requirements. The ability to guide

student research projects is expected. The standard annual teaching load is five courses. The

College provides a generous pre-tenure sabbatical leave program and professional

development support for both research and teaching.

Whitman College is committed to cultivating an inclusive learning community. Applicants should

be able to demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and articulate how

their classroom and scholarly practices work to advance antiracism in the learning environment.

This statement can be included in the cover letter or the teaching statement. In their cover letter,

candidates should address their interest in working at a liberal arts college with undergraduates,

majors as well as non-majors, at all levels of instruction.

To apply, go to https://whitman.bamboohr.com/careers/246. BambooHR will prompt you to

submit all of the required materials: a letter of application; separate statements addressing the

candidate’s teaching interests and scholarly/performance agenda; curriculum vitae; contact

information for three references; graduate transcripts; and evidence of demonstrated or

potential excellence in undergraduate instruction.

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.

Salary Range: $73,000-$82,000

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; Tuition Remission for Dependent Children (conditions apply); employee

tuition waiver for one Whitman course per semester; and an Employee Assistance Program.

After two semesters of teaching, tenure-track faculty are also eligible for paid family leave and

paid short-term disability. New faculty receive reimbursement for moving expenses based on

the distance of relocation and are compensated $1,500 for attending a required New Faculty


For full application instructions and position description, visit https://whitman.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=246&source=bamboohr