Welcome to Pitzer College

PITZER COLLEGE is a member of the consortium of institutions known as The Claremont Colleges. The Claremont Colleges are a cluster of five undergraduate residential schools, two graduate institutions, and a central services institution called TCCS (The Claremont Colleges Services), all on adjoining campuses. Each is independent, with its own faculty, student body, administration, board of trustees and curricular emphasis. Yet each is enriched by the presence of the others. The Colleges also combine efforts to provide many central services, programs, and facilities that help accomplish the group’s common goals.

Our staff and faculty assist Pitzer College and our joint programs in attaining their educational and service goals.An important common purpose is to maintain and improve Pitzer as a distinctive place in which to learn, teach, and work. Your competence and resourcefulness in supporting this purpose will be essential in building and maintaining a strong institution.

We hope this site provides you useful information about employment, benefits and opportunities available to Pitzer College staff and faculty.

  • Mission Statement

    Pitzer College produces engaged socially responsible citizens of the world through an academically rigorous, interdisciplinary liberal arts education emphasizing social justice, intercultural understanding and environmental sensitivity. The meaningful participation of students, faculty and staff in college governance and academic program design is a Pitzer core value. Our community thrives within the mutually supportive framework of The Claremont Colleges, which provide an unsurpassed breadth of academic, athletic and social opportunities.

    Last updated: 6/1/12

  • Community Values

    These aspirations for all members of our community are not enforceable requirements but rather ideals that promote ethical practices in a diverse community built upon trust.

    We come together to live and work in a shared learning environment where every member is valued, respected, and entitled to dignity and honor founded upon the following rights and responsibilities:
    Diversity: We learn from the rich and complex histories, view points, and life experiences in our community. We value and celebrate the synergy created by our differences and similarities.

    We support the thoughtful exchange of ideas to increase understanding and awareness, and to work across difference without intimidation. We have the right to be heard and the responsibility to listen. Communication, even at its most vigorous, should be respectful and without the intent to harm.

    We prize the powerful possibilities of learning and the principles reflected in our educational objectives including our dedication to access and justice, civic involvement and environmental sustainability, and our respect for pluralism, freedom of expression, and the sustained effort necessary to achieve academic excellence.

    These values are mere words until we practice them. We expect to see them evidenced, hear them named, debate their integrity, and demand change on their behalf. We are committed to the hard work and dedication this will demand.

    This is a living document to be revisited annually by the community to affirm and measure its progress; to suggest new aspirations; and to support demands for institutional change. We prize the conversation, and even tension, that may arise from contradictions at the heart of these values, for this is where they first might inspire action.

    Last updated: 6/1/12

  • The Claremont Colleges

    Claremont Graduate University (CGU), founded in 1925, offers advanced work in the humanities, fine arts, mathematics, social sciences, education, management, executive management and information science. It is a graduate-only institution, granting masters and doctoral degrees.

    Claremont McKenna College (CMC), founded in 1946 as Claremont Men’s College, offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in 26 fields, often combined by students into dual majors. Most of the College’s students choose a major or part of a dual major in economics, government, or international relations. CMC is unique among liberal arts colleges in that it actively supports faculty and student research and publications through nine research institutes.

    The Claremont Colleges Services (TCC Services, formerly the Claremont University Consoritum), founded in 1925, is the central coordinating body of The Claremont Colleges and the nucleus of the cluster plan. TCC Services is responsible for the development and administration of central resources and programs, inter-collegiate organization and coordination, and for the establishment of new colleges and professional schools within the group.

    Harvey Mudd College (HMC), founded in 1955, is the coeducational, liberal arts college of engineering, science and mathematics. HMC’s curriculum is designed to create engineers and scientists with unusual breadth in their technical education and a firm academic grounding in the humanities and social sciences.

    Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), founded in 1997, offers professional masters’ degrees in applied life sciences and plans eventually to grant interdisciplinary Ph.D. degrees. Its curriculum interweaves engineering and the life sciences, and emphasizes project-based learning.

    Pitzer College, founded in 1963, is a coeducational college of the liberal arts and sciences that blends classroom instruction with fieldwork to engage a student’s mind, heart and spirit by integrating educational resources on-campus, abroad and in the local community. Pitzer offers a curriculum that spans 40 major fields and focuses on interdisciplinary, intercultural education with an emphasis on social responsibility and service.

    Pomona College, founded in 1887, is the founding member of the group. Pomona College is an independent, coeducational college offering instruction in all major fields of the arts, humanities, social, and natural sciences. Strongly committed to the value of a residential educational community, it emphasizes both liberal arts and paraprofessional training, providing students with considerable exposure to a wide range of fields and first-rate preparation for future professions.

    Scripps College, founded in 1926, by newspaper publisher and philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps. The mission of Scripps College is to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars. Scripps emphasizes a challenging core curriculum based on interdisciplinary humanistic studies and rigorous training in the disciplines, as the best possible foundation for any goals a woman may pursue.

    Last updated: 2/1/18

  • Affiliated Institutions

    Claremont School of Theology traces its history back to 1885 with the founding of the Maclay College of Theology in San Fernando, California, and moved to its present Claremont site in 1957. The School is an ecumenical and globally oriented graduate school of the United Methodist Church, whose mission is to teach and learn within a tradition that stresses the quest for knowledge. In confidence that faith and reason should be inseparable, the School’s goal is educated and faithful leaders equipped to serve God in church, society, and higher education.

    Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, founded in 1927 and located in Claremont since 1951, offers a graduate program in Botany in cooperation with Claremont Graduate University. The graduate education places its main emphasis on the systematics and evolution of higher plants with an active research focus on native California plants and their conservation. Graduate classes and research work are conducted at the 86-acre Garden facility adjacent to the main Claremont Colleges campus.

    Tomás Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI), founded in 1985, was established to conduct and disseminate objective, policy-relevant research, and its implications, to decision makers on key issues affecting Latino communities. To fulfill the mission, TRPI directs research and analyses on issues related to political and civic engagement, education, and the economic wellbeing of the Latino community. The Institute has attained a reputation as the nation’s premier Latino think tank with its successful history of identifying data that addresses key policy issues, analyzing and interpreting that data, formulating appropriate policy recommendations, and providing constituents with findings to facilitate informed decision making.

    Last updated: 6/1/12