Assistant Professor of Geology

Oberlin College and Conservatory
Oberlin, Ohio
Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications.
Closing date
Nov 3, 2021

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Earth and Space Science Informatics
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The Geology Department at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of 4 years, beginning fall of 2022, and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor.

The Geology Department consists of five faculty, a lab manager/GIS instructor, and a staff member who provides technical support for teaching and student research, and about 40 majors. 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 is available elsewhere on campus. Oberlin is a member of the Keck Geology Consortium, and the 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. Applicants should have a disciplinary focus on tectonics including but not limited to: tectonics, tectonic sedimentology, structural geology, 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 incumbent, contributing to our physical geology course, and an intermediate- or advanced-level course with or without laboratory in an area of the applicant’s expertise. 

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 research statement that includes how you will support undergraduate research and, if applicable, how you might incorporate undergraduate students into your research program; (5) Statement of Teaching Philosophy (6) Diversity Statement, and (7) Letters of Reference from three recommenders.* 

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

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the November 15th deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.  
Questions about the position can be addressed to: or Amanda Schmidt, Chair of Geology, at 440-775-8342.

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