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Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Oberlin College and Conservatory
Ohio, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 18, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Geology & Earth Sciences, Other Science & Technology
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time non-continuing faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will be for a term of 2 semesters, beginning fall semester of 2022, and will carry the rank of  Visiting Assistant Professor.

Founded in 1833, Oberlin is a private four-year, selective 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. For more information, go to 
The Environmental Studies Program is a robust, interdisciplinary academic unit. Environmental Studies is one of Oberlin’s most popular majors, and the program seeks to guide students in understanding the causes and consequences of our environmental predicaments, as well as developing creative problem-solving skills to design a more sustainable relationship between humans and the rest of the natural world.

The incumbent will teach a total of five courses including two courses required for the ES major and three elective courses.  The first required course is Environment and Society (ENVS 101), an interdisciplinary introductory course that serves as both a gateway to the ES major and a popular course for non-majors.  The second required course is Environmental Policy (ENVS 208), which provides an introduction to US environmental policy and politics. While this is an open search, our ideal candidate would have the disciplinary background to focus upper level electives on topics related to Environmental Justice and Public Health. We are especially interested in candidates with a focus in urban studies. We welcome applications from researchers who utilize a broad range of methodologies in the natural and social sciences.

Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D degree (in hand or expected  by first semester of academic year 2022). 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.


To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at A complete application will be comprised of 1) a Cover Letter describing your teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and service, detailing any connections to supporting an inclusive learning environment; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) an unofficial graduate transcript; 4) a statement detailing your commitment to and experience in diversity and equity in teaching; 5) a research statement that includes how you will support undergraduate research and, if applicable, how you might incorporate undergraduate students into your research program; and 6) Letters of Reference from three recommenders.*   
*By providing three (3) Professional References (names and email addresses), you agree that we may contact them through our applicant web portal. Reference writers will be asked to submit an electronic Letter of Recommendation on behalf of the applicant.

Review of applications will begin on February 22, 2022, and will continue until the position  is filled. Completed applications received by the February 22 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.   Questions about the position can be addressed to: Jay Fiskio, Director of  Environmental Studies,
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