Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History, field of Islamic art, architecture, and material cu

Oberlin College and Conservatory
Ohio, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 01, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Art Department at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time non-continuing faculty position as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will be for a term of two years beginning first semester of 2021 and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor. The position is supported by an endowment grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and by a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The successful hire in Art History in the field of Islamic art, architecture, and material culture will be joining a department committed to diversity in the design of our curriculum and in the teaching of our various subfields. A specialist in Islamic art will allow us to continue our efforts to diversify our curriculum and to reach a more diverse student body. We seek a scholar who will help us expand our geographic and methodological coverage, forge connections to other departments and programs, and develop a research portfolio while at Oberlin. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be mentored in their teaching and research by Art History faculty at Oberlin. They will be eligible to apply for internal college grants to support teaching and research, including for student assistants and travel.

For information on the Oberlin Art Department, see: The Art Department is located next to the Allen Memorial Art Museum, which houses a small but rich collection of Islamic art. The Oberlin College Library holds a collection of Islamic manuscripts and the Cleveland Museum of Art, one hour away, actively collects Islamic art.

The incumbent will teach courses in the general area of Islamic art, architecture, and material culture from the seventh century to the present. The fellow will be expected to teach a 1-1 course load per year, including courses at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced (seminar) level, and conduct research. They are expected to take advantage of Islamic art in local collections in their teaching and build interdisciplinary bridges to other programs and departments across campus.


Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree from a U.S. university awarded no earlier than 2018 but in hand by 1 July 2021. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Oberlin College is committed to student and faculty diversity, equity and inclusion. The incumbent will bring understanding of or experience working with underrepresented and diverse academic populations. Oberlin is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service. Oberlin recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran’s status, and/or other protected status as required by applicable law.

A complete application comprises: 1) a Cover Letter describing your teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and service, detailing any connections to supporting an inclusive learning environment and plans for research and/or publication; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) an unofficial transcript; 4) a statement detailing your commitment to and experience in diversity and equity in teaching; and 5) contact information for three references.*

*By providing three letters of reference, you agree that we may contact your letter writers.

Review of applications will begin on March 26, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the March 26, 2021 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.

Questions about the position can be addressed to: Jamie Jacobs, Art Department Program Coordinator or Christina Neilson, Chair of Art History.