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Visiting Assistant Professor of Geosciences

Oberlin College and Conservatory
Oberlin, Ohio
Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications.
Closing date
Mar 9, 2024

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Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, Solid Earth Geophysics
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The Department of Geosciences 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 1 year, beginning Fall semester of the 2024-2025 school year, and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor.

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 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 three 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 a total of five courses in the general area of paleontology and / or sedimentary geology / stratigraphy. Applicants’ research should not substantially overlap with existing members of the department. The successful candidate will teach five courses a year, including a 200-level course on historical geology (Evolution of the Earth). Other classes will include some combination of 1-2 topical introductory courses proposed by the incumbent, contributing to our physical geology course, and/or an intermediate- or advanced-level course with or without laboratory in an area of the applicant’s expertise.

Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree (in hand or ABD). 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 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 March 8, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications, received by the March 8, 2024 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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