Occidental’s interdisciplinary and multicultural focus encourages a hands-on approach to learning and includes one of the country’s best undergraduate research programs.
Occidental is a highly selective and diverse liberal arts college in the city of Los Angeles. Founded in 1887, it is one of the oldest liberal arts colleges on the West Coast. Its 1,850 students from 45 states and 24 countries have compiled an impressive record of winning national awards. Occidental’s location ensures easy access to top research institutions including Caltech, UCLA, USC, the Huntington Library, and the Getty Research Institute.
Occidental is a founding member of the Southern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. The HERC website makes possible simultaneous searches for available positions at 21 colleges, universities, and graduate institutions, as well as seven community colleges.
Occidental College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor in Cognitive Science. We seek someone working in computer science, with scholarly or research interests in artificial intelligence (broadly construed to include areas such as robotics, computer vision, natural language processing, computational linguistics, human-computer interactions, reasoning under uncertainty, or other areas at the intersection of computation and cognition). A strong commitment to teaching and research at a liberal arts institution is essential. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in computer science or a related field by the start date of August 2015. The successful applicant will help strengthen our computer science minor, teach introductory courses in programming, fundamentals courses in computer science, upper-level courses in computer science, courses in cognitive science, and involve undergraduate students in research.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest which includes an explanation of the candidate's desire to work at a liberal arts college; a statement of teaching philosophy that specifically addresses the ability to teach in a socioeconomically, ethnically and culturally diverse environment and to engage students in an ongoing research program; areas of teaching interest; a statement regarding plans for research; a curriculum vitae; evaluations of undergraduate teaching or other evidence of teaching effectiveness; samples of scholarly work; and three letters of recommendation, with at least one discussing the candidate’s teaching ability or potential.
These materials should be submitted in electronic form to:
Computer Science Search Committee Coordinator
Ms. Patricia Micciche at firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about the position can be directed to the
Department Chair, Dr. Saul Traiger, at email@example.com.
Application deadline is December 5, 2014.
The Department of Theater at Occidental College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are looking for a skilled acting instructor and director with expertise in literature and history. Some background in movement training is of interest to us in evaluating a candidate’s strengths as an acting instructor. We will consider many possible accompanying academic specialties in the search, including contemporary theater and film, cultural and cross-disciplinary studies, and verbatim theater. The candidate will be expected to teach four courses a year and direct one full-length play. The courses will include Acting 1, Theater History, a bi-annual course for the College’s CORE general education program, and courses that can rotate each year between literature/theory and performance. A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment (Fall 2015). Occidental College is committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women and members of minority groups.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest describing areas of teaching and scholarly interest and experience, and demonstrating a commitment to academic excellence in a diverse liberal arts environment. The letter of application should also describe the candidate’s current scholarship, methods and approaches to the study and practice of theater, and areas of teaching interest and experience.
Please submit this letter along with a current curriculum vita, a sample of scholarship, and three letters of recommendation electronically to: Professor John Bouchard, Chair of Theater
c/o Ms. Beatrice Gonzales at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review of applications will begin in early September 2014 and continue until the position is filled.
The Music Department at Occidental College invites applications for a regular tenure-track assistant professorship in Composition and Instrumental Music starting in fall of 2015. Candidates are expected to have completed a D.M.A. or Ph.D. degree by August of 2015. The College is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching, performance, and service. We seek candidates who demonstrate a strong commitment to liberal arts education and a commitment to the pedagogy and practice of varied instrumental repertoires. This would include the art music (including jazz) of national and international composers. The new appointee will be expected to teach five courses in a year, which would include courses in composition, instrumental conducting, and instrumental literature, as well as other courses in the appointee’s area of expertise. In addition, this faculty member would oversee the instrumental program and take primary responsibility for some ensemble direction. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to and excellence in undergraduate teaching as well as significant professional achievement in composition and practical experience as an instrumental conductor. Candidates with professional conducting and/or chamber music experience and a demonstrated willingness to engage scholarship from other subfields of music inquiry are particularly encouraged to apply.
Applicants should submit the following:
~a letter of interest that demonstrates a commitment to excellence in musical practice and pedagogy in a liberal arts environment; the letter should include performance and composition experience, areas of teaching interest, and a statement of teaching philosophy, including how the candidate will support and enhance the College’s goal of building a strong educational environment in classrooms that have an ethnically, socio-economically, and culturally diverse student body.
~a curriculum vitae
~audio or video samples of professional work
~evaluations of undergraduate teaching or other evidence of teaching effectiveness
~three confidential letters of recommendation, to be sent directly by the recommender or a dossier service
All of these materials, as well as any application-related questions, should be sent to the Music Search Committee at: email@example.com.
All written materials should be attached as PDF files. All materials are due by November 10, 2014.
“The mission of Occidental College is to provide a gifted and diverse group of students with a total educational experience of the highest quality—one that prepares them for leadership in an increasingly complex, interdependent and pluralistic world. The distinctive interdisciplinary and multicultural focus of the College's academic program seeks to foster both the fulfillment of individual aspirations and a deeply rooted commitment to the public good.”
The Sociology department at Occidental College welcomes applicants for a two-year, full-time, non-tenure track position with a 3/3 teaching load. Area of specialization is open, but preference will be given to someone who can teach Sociological Theory or Qualitative Research Methods. Candidates should have completed a Ph.D. in sociology at the time of appointment.
Interested candidates should submit the following items to firstname.lastname@example.org: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, evidence of excellence in teaching, and three reference letters. Review of applications will begin on January 12, 2015.
Inquires about the position can be directed to the search chair, Prof. Lisa Wade, at email@example.com.
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