Wartburg College is a fully accredited four-year, coeducational liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It is dedicated to challenging and nurturing students for lives of leadership and service as a spirited expression of their faith and learning. The college celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2002. Wartburg has received excellent rankings in U.S. News & World Report's edition of America's Best Colleges. It is included in Best Midwestern Colleges, a publication of The Princeton Review and is one of 200 colleges in Peterson's Top Colleges for Sciences. Click here for more national recognition and fast facts.
Approximately 107 full-time faculty members are involved in the important tasks of teaching students and engaging in scholarly and creative activity. The student-faculty ratio is 12:1, and the average class size is 21. Faculty members are expected to be effective classroom teachers interested in students as individuals; scholars or artists who continue to develop professionally; and professional educators open to new ideas in curriculum development and pedagogy. We actively seek candidates who have appreciation and understanding of the church-related liberal arts college. The teaching load for full-time faculty is seven courses per academic year: three in Fall Term, three in Winter Term, and one in May Term.
Faculty members receive an excellent benefits package, including TIAA-CREF retirement, family health and dental insurance, a personal travel account, tuition remission for spouses and children, and access to college events at low or no cost.
The 118-acre Wartburg campus includes more than 30 buildings, many of which are connected by a system of skyways and covered walkways. Old Main, built in 1880 and renovated in 1986, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The college has opened 11 new facilities since 1990. The most recent are:
- The Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center (2008) is one of the largest NCAA Division III facilities of its kind in the nation and offers expansive facilities for college health and wellness programs and intercollegiate athletics.
- The Science Center (2004), which doubled the number of classrooms and laboratories available for the sciences and mathematics and includes the Platte Observatory on the northwest edge of the campus.
- Saemann Student Center (2004), which includes McCaskey Lyceum, a performance venue utilized by the theatre program and a variety of campus events.
- Walston-Hoover Stadium and outdoor athletic complex (2002), which includes a Field Turf playing field and all-weather track.
Students have access to open-access and departmental computing clusters throughout the campus. Classrooms and residence hall rooms are connected to the campus-wide network, and users can access file servers to distribute assignments, use e-mail, and browse Internet resources, including the library's online public access catalog.
The Wartburg Plan of Essential Education is designed to create liberally educated, ethically minded citizens for the 21st century. The plan emphasizes thinking strategies, reasoning skills, fundamental literacies, faith and reflection, health and wellness, and a capstone course. It encompasses inquiry studies courses with a broad range of topics, interdisciplinary course work, and a unique set of interconnected courses. In the hiring process, preference is given to candidates who express a willingness to teach in and develop curricula for the Wartburg Plan.
Wartburg's enrollment has experienced significant growth over the past decade, growing from 1.467 in 1997 to a current enrollment of about 1,800, including students from about 25 U.S. states and 45 countries. U.S. students of color and international students comprise 12 percent of the student body. The majority of students come from Iowa with significant numbers also from Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Click here for more demographic data about Wartburg students.
A community of 10,000 residents, Waverly is located in northeast Iowa, 20 minutes from the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area, which has a combined population of more than 100,000. Waverly is known statewide for its progressive businesses and industries and high quality of life. The college and the community are mutually supportive, and Waverly employers have demonstrated a strong commitment to helping spouses of new faculty members find suitable employment. A four-lane highway connects Waverly to the Waterloo Airport, which is served by Northwest Airlines and offers connections to Minneapolis/St. Paul. The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids is a 90-minute drive from Waverly and offers a wider range of airlines, including United, American, and Northwest, with connections through Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, and Minneapolis. Click here for travel information and directions to campus.