Assistant Professor of Geosciences
Oberlin College & Conservatory, Ohio, United States
Start reviewing process: 1 September 2023

Job Summary

The Department of Geosciences at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences in general area of deformation and tectonics. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four years, beginning fall semester of year 2024, and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor.

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.

The Geosciences Department consists of five permanent faculty, a lab manager/GIS instructor, a staff member who provides technical support for teaching and research, and on average 14 majors graduating per year. Students actively participate in research with faculty and routinely present at national meetings and co-author papers. Facilities and equipment include surveying and GPS equipment, a variable pressure Tescan Vega 3 LMU scanning electron microscope with SE, BSE, and CL detectors with an Oxford EDS/EBSD system, petrographic microscopes for teaching and research, rock and thin-section preparation facilities, and four germanium detectors (two broad energy). Instrumentation for spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction are available elsewhere on campus. In addition, Oberlin College has competitions for small research grants each semester. For more information on the department, candidates can visit our web page at:

We seek a colleague with a passion for teaching Earth Sciences to undergraduates and increasing the diversity, equity, and inclusion of both the department and our field. The successful candidate will teach the standard teaching load (4.5 courses per year) in the general area of deformation and tectonics including but not limited to: tectonics, tectonic sedimentology, structural geology, geodynamics, or geophysics. Applicants’ research should not substantially overlap with existing members of the department. The successful candidate will teach four and a half courses each year, including a 200-level course with a laboratory on tectonics (Earth’s Interiors). Other classes will include some combination of 1-2 topical introductory courses proposed by the successful candidate, contributing to our physical geology course, and an advanced-level course with or without laboratory in an area of the applicant’s expertise.

The successful candidate will also be expected to engage in sustained scholarly research and/or other creative work appropriate to the position and participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including academic advising and service on committees.

Among the qualifications required for appointment is the PhD degree (in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2024). Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Oberlin College is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. The successful candidate 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.

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Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a competitive benefits package.

Special Instructions to Applicants
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 (or statements) on your teaching philosophy and expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion; 5) a research statement that includes how you will support undergraduate research and how you might incorporate undergraduate students into your research program; and 6) Letters of Reference from three recommenders.* All application materials must be submitted electronically through Oberlin College and Conservatory’s online application process at:

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

Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the September 1 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.

Questions about the position can be addressed to: or Amanda Schmidt, Chair of Geosciences, at 440-775-8342.

Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group