Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at Oberlin College

The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time, visiting faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year beginning in the fall semester of 2014 and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor.

We seek a candidate able to integrate the technical, social, political, cultural, and ecological issues surrounding energy acquisition, use and impacts.  The ideal candidate will combine training in the physical and social sciences (and/or applied fields such as engineering, architecture, systems dynamics, and energy technology), and will have cross disciplinary interests and experiences.  Disciplines in which an incumbent might be cross-trained could, for example, include urban planning and design, ecological design, transportation policy and planning, climate change policy, sociology, or psychology.

The faculty member occupying this position will teach five courses, including Environment and Society (an introductory course required for all majors), Energy and Society (an intermediate level course) and additional intermediate or upper level courses appropriate to the individual’s area of specialization.  Oberlin’s Adam Joseph Lewis Center for environmental studies provides rich opportunities for teaching energy issues and ecological design.  Candidates with interest in teaching upper level courses on sustainable cities and/or ecological design are particularly encouraged to apply.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in hand or expected when the appointment begins and should demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching.  Successful teaching experience at the college level is highly desirable. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To be assured of consideration, complete materials including a letter of application, a general teaching statement, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts, and at least three letters of reference should be sent electronically to by February 21, 2014.  Application materials received after that date will be considered until the position is filled.  While electronic documents are preferred, hard copy can be sent to John Petersen, Director, Environmental Studies Program,A.J. Lewis Center, 122 Elm Street, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio  44074 (Fax to 440-775-8946).

Oberlin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating an institutional environment free from discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, marital status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, family relationship to an employee of Oberlin College, and gender identity and expression.

Oberlin is a four-year, selective liberal arts college in northern Ohio that is also home to an outstanding Conservatory of Music. Together, the two divisions enroll approximately 2800 students. Oberlin College was founded in 1833. It was the first college in Americato make interracial education and co-education central to its mission – traditions that live today within a commitment to positive social engagement. Oberlin College has earned a reputation of excellence based on the quality of its richly diverse student body, outstanding faculty, and excellent facilities and academic and technological resources. For more information, go to

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