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Visiting Assistant Professor and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Food Justice

Oberlin College
Oberlin, Ohio
Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications
Date posted
Jan 11, 2024

Job Details

Applications are invited for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship with a focus in food and racial justice beginning fall semester 2024 at Oberlin College. This is an open-field search within the humanities and humanistic social sciences that will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor. Potential areas of expertise include but are not limited to: Black agrarianism; Indigenous food sovereignty; agriculture and climate resilience; immigration, labor, and farmworkers’ rights; or urban and community studies. The position is supported by an endowment created with a 2000 grant from the Mellon Foundation and challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Fellow will join an initiative supporting the development of a food studies concentration at Oberlin College and collaboration on food justice with Lorain County Community College and local food and environmental justice organizations. Through commitments to understanding and supporting Black agrarianism, Indigenous food sovereignty, immigrant workers, incarcerated citizens, and environmental and food justice, Oberlin’s food studies curriculum centers analysis of ethics, justice, reparations, and decolonization, and practices of storytelling, community organizing, hospitality, and social care.

The postdoctoral Fellow will be based in Oberlin’s interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program and have the potential to affiliate with a humanities department and contribute to Oberlin’s Presidential Initiative on Racial Equity and Diversity. The fellow will work closely with a team of faculty from Oberlin College and Lorain County Community College as well as community organizations and undergraduate research assistants. The Fellow will teach a 1-1 course load per year, including courses at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced level, and will help facilitate a speaker series and mentor student researchers. The Fellow will be supported in developing the fellow’s own research and publications, including offering a public lecture in the Fellow’s area of expertise as part of the speaker series.

Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree from a U.S. university awarded no earlier than 2021 but in hand by 1 July 2024. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching and an active research program in food justice and racial justice. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Oberlin College is committed to student, faculty, and staff 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.

Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the February 15, 2024 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.

Questions about the position can be addressed to: Danielle Skeehan, Chair of English and Director, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies.


Founded in 1833, Oberlin is a private four-year, highly selective national liberal arts college near Cleveland, Ohio and is also home to an outstanding Conservatory of Music. Together, the two divisions enroll approximately 2900 students. Oberlin College was the first college in the US to make interracial education and co-education central to its mission. The College continues to view a diverse, equitable and inclusive educational environment as essential to the excellence of its academic program. Among liberal arts colleges, Oberlin is a national leader in successfully placing graduates into PhD programs.

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