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Assistant or Associate Professor of Health Sciences with Pre-nursing advising

Whitworth University
$57,010.00 - $68,459.00 Annually

Assistant or Associate Professor of Health Sciences with Pre-nursing advising

Whitworth University

Salary: $57,010.00 - $68,459.00 Annually

Job Type: Faculty (tenure track)

Location: Whitworth University Campus

Department: Health Science


Position Summary

The Health Sciences Department invites applications for a tenure* track Assistant or Associate Professor. The undergraduate Department of Health Sciences is one of the largest on campus and is housed in the newly formed School of Health Sciences. The department offers majors in health science, pre-athletic training, and pre-occupational therapy as well as a direct pathway to a bachelor of science in nursing in partnership with Washington State University. This position will complement the current faculty by teaching courses in health and wellness, community health, human physiology, and/or exercise/rehabilitative science. This position also includes dedicated time to advising pre-nursing students.
*A clinical doctoral degree will be considered terminal for compensation but will be placed on a non-tenure track faculty appointment.

The mission of the Whitworth Health Sciences Department is to equip its graduates to serve humanity through study of the form and function of the human body and the body's connection to health and wellness. Through a curriculum that integrates theory and practice, graduates will be able to appreciate this relationship both critically and creatively and will learn to apply it to various health-related fields. The curriculum includes courses such as human anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, structural and mechanical kinesiology, nutrition, personal health, community health, evidence-based health science, as well as general biology and chemistry. Health Science majors pursue a wide variety of health-related graduate programs and careers such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, nursing, medicine, physician assistant, pharmacy, chiropractic, nutrition, exercise physiology, and public health. For a further description of the Health Sciences Department please see

Core Responsibilities

Teach up to six courses a year, which directly support the undergraduate Health Sciences Department. This may include teaching the following topics, depending on the applicant's area of expertise: personal health, community health, anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, evidence-based health science (research methods), and health policy. The faculty member is expected to serve as a mentor and advisor to pre-nursing students, engage in scholarship within the discipline, and participate in university and departmental activities and governance, professional activities, faculty assemblies, development days, retreats, and committees.

Possibility of developing new courses that contribute to the university's innovative, interdisciplinary Shared Curriculum, faith-learning integration, and/or service-learning.

Qualifications | Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Doctoral degree (e.g. PhD, DrPH, DHSc, DNP, EdD) or ABD in a health-related field. *A clinical doctoral degree will be considered terminal for compensation but will be placed on a non-tenure track faculty appointment
  • Evidence of promise in effectiveness at college-level teaching
  • A personal commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith and learning
  • Strong potential for an ongoing stream of research in the candidate's area of specialization
  • Professional certifications in wellness, exercise, and/or rehabilitation fields are an asset but not required
  • Demonstrated growth in cultural competence, awareness of societal and structural inequities, and proven experience in effectively establishing relationships and positive communications with students and other constituents across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, varying abilities, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, class or religious perspectives
  • A commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth University as a comprehensive Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church

  • Position Details

    Assistant Professor, Health Sciences
    Term: 9 months (academic year)
    Hiring Range: $57,010 - $63,718
    Commensurate with years of credited service. 1.75% increase to the minimum salary is granted for each year of credited service at the rank of Assistant Professor.

    Associate Professor, Health Sciences
    Term: 9 months (academic year)
    Hiring Range: $61,253 - $68,489

    Commensurate with years of credited service. 1.75% increase to the minimum salary is granted for each year of credited service at the rank of Associate Professor.

    STARTING DATE: July 1, 2024

    To complete an application we will ask for the following:

  • A letter of application addressing your qualifications for the position and interest in teaching at a Christian liberal arts university with an increasingly diverse student body,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Your teaching philosophy,
  • A short personal essay describing your personal Christian faith. This essay is intended to be a statement in your own words that will help the committee to understand your interest in joining Whitworth's community of Christian scholars. (Click here for guidance on writing the faith essay),
  • Three most recent student feedback surveys (if available),
  • Names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least three academic references (one or more additional non-academic references who are able to speak to your qualifications for the position may also be included).

  • ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: A background check, sexual misconduct check, and confirmation of degrees earned will be required of the successful candidate.

    You are on this webpage because a position at Whitworth sparked your curiosity. If you find yourself questioning hitting the apply button because you might not meet 100% of the qualifications, we think you should do it! Research continues to show that women and BIPOC candidates are less likely to hit the apply button unless they meet all the listed qualifications. One way we are working to overcome this trend is every search committee at Whitworth has a trained Equity Advocate (EA) serving on the team. Our EAs are trained to make space for committees to consider each candidate's unique and relevant skills and attributes. So, when you click apply, please know that your application is reviewed by a committee of real, living, and breathing human beings who want to understand your experience and skills to find ways you relate to the key competencies needed for success in the position.

    Looking for resources to help with writing a faith statement? Check out our faith statement resource page for more information.

    Learn more about our shared work to achieve and sustain inclusive excellence HERE.

    Whitworth complies with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws that are applicable to religious nonprofit institutions and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, sex, or disability. With our Christ-centered commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community, the university encourages applications from populations underrepresented at Whitworth including members of racial/ethnic communities, women, and persons with disabilities.

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    It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.

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