Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

Located in the vibrant community of Walla Walla, WA, Whitman 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 Department of Hispanic Studies seeks applicants for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor beginning August 2024 with expertise in Hispanic musical cultures and/or poetry from any period. An interest in teaching courses in secondary specializations, such as Spanish as a heritage language or Spanish for the professions, is highly desirable as our department expands our curriculum to address diverse student interests. The successful candidate must be able to teach across all levels of Spanish instruction. Applicants must have a Ph.D. by the start of the position.

The successful candidate will offer courses in language at all levels and in specialty areas relating to Hispanic musical cultures and/or poetry, as well as courses that contribute to the College’s general education requirements. Our department is invested in community-engaged work with Walla Walla’s significant Spanish-speaking population alongside innovative student-centered research projects. 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. The successful candidate will demonstrate potential to sustain an active scholarly or creative research agenda and to participate in faculty governance, mentorship, or other forms of service that contribute to the overall functioning of the college.


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 and help Whitman promote antiracist, systemic change. 

To apply, go to The online application will prompt you to submit all of the required materials: a cover letter; curriculum vitae; separate statements addressing the candidate’s teaching interests and scholarly/performance agenda; graduate transcripts; 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 December 1, 2023.

Salary Range: $74,000-$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 – Dependent Children, after eligibility requirements; 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.

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