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 Department of Biology at Occidental College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Computational Biology at the Assistant Professor level to expand its teaching and research offerings in the understanding of living systems through analytical and quantitative techniques. The ideal candidate will apply computational approaches to analyze large, complex data sets in biology, possibly including functional and evolutionary genomics, proteomics and protein folding, systems biology, eco-informatics (such as geospatial analysis), neurobiology, bioengineering, modeling, or bio-imaging informatics.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Biology or related field (with postdoc experience preferred) and a strong commitment to educating undergraduates through teaching and research. The successful candidate will participate in teaching an introductory or intermediate level biology course as well as an intermediate or upper level course in the area of specialty, and to develop a rigorous, externally fundable research program involving undergraduates.
Occidental is a nationally ranked small liberal arts college, located in the culturally-rich Los Angeles neighborhoods of Eagle Rock and Highland Park, near Caltech, the Jet Propulsion Lab, the Natural History Museum, and other major research institutions. The College's location allows convenient access to marine and terrestrial research facilities. Occidental is recognized for its diverse student body and its outstanding undergraduate research program. The neighborhood surrounding the College is family friendly, walkable, and home to a wealth of urban amenities, with major cultural attractions nearby.
Applicants should submit the following: (1) a letter of interest demonstrating a commitment to academic excellence in a liberal arts environment (2 pages suggested), (2) a statement concerning instruction in a socioeconomically, ethnically, culturally and intellectually diverse environment, (3) a statement of research interests (2-3 pages), (4) a statement of teaching philosophy (2-3 pages), (5) evidence of teaching effectiveness, if available, and (6) a curriculum vitae. At the end of the cover letter, please include contact information for three references. Letters are not needed at this time and will be requested after an initial screening. Application materials should be addressed to: Dr. Dan Pondella, Chair Computational Biology Search and sent by e-mail to: email@example.com. Review of applications will begin on October 13, 2014.
Occidental College is an equal opportunity employer. The College is committed to academic excellence in a diverse community and supporting interdisciplinary and multicultural academic programs that provide a gifted and diverse group of students with an educational experience that prepares them for leadership in a pluralistic world. www.oxy.edu/biology
Urban and Environmental Policy Department The Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College invites applications for a senior scholar at the associate or full professor level. The position includes an appointment with tenure. The position will begin in the fall of 2015.
We invite candidates from a range of disciplines, including urban planning, economics, sociology, political science, environmental studies, geography, law, public health, history, and others. Candidates are expected to hold the Ph.D. degree or terminal degree in their field and have a significant track record of successful research, publication, grant-funded projects, and teaching. We are also open to considering non-traditional candidates with extensive professional and community experience with demonstrated research and teaching but who may not have a Ph.D. or other terminal degree.
As an interdisciplinary department in an urban liberal arts college located in Los Angeles, we are interested in candidates who understand problems such as global climate change as deeply linked with increased inequality and how these stresses exacerbate existing social, economic, and political divisions. Policymakers at local, state, national and international levels face the challenge of developing policies that address existing inequities while simultaneously ensuring a long-term approach to the environmental and economic sustainability that has equity and democratic governance at its core. We want to attract a teacher-scholar who can help students understand the global aspects of our economic and environmental problems and also understand how addressing these problems involves practical solutions at the community, local, state, national, and global levels. At all these levels, the inter-related issues of jobs, community development, the built environment, and natural resources (water, oil, etc) come into play. Central to these concerns is how to create jobs that improve the standard of living without exacerbating environmental harm. “Green economy” and “green jobs” are the concepts typically used that seek to address these concerns. How to develop the built environment – including the location of jobs, housing, and transportation – that can reduce energy use and the negative impacts on the environment and public health are also connected to these concerns.
The ideal candidate will be one who can connect the global and the local and expand our community-based learning and research opportunities for students through courses and conduct research related to the built environment, food systems, green jobs and sustainable development, poverty and labor issues, climate justice, and progressive regional and/or community economic development. We are particularly interested in senior candidates who can help us build our department’s focus on making cities more livable, democratic, and just.
Our new colleague will be expected to teach four courses a year. We are open to our new colleague creating new courses as well as teaching (and revising) some of our existing courses, such as the intro-level Environment and Society (UEP 101), UEP 301 (Urban Policy and Politics), and our two-semester senior comps courses (UEP 410 and 411) in which students undertake a year-long applied research project, often with a community “client” or partner. There are opportunities for team-teaching with faculty within our department and in other Occidental departments. Although we expect our new colleague to develop his/her own courses, we are interested in candidates who can teach some combination of the following elective courses in our department: Community Economic Development, Workforce and Employment Policy, Urban Political Economy, Poverty and Labor, Sustainable/Green Development, Food and Natural Resources, Urbanization and Natural Resources, Climate Adaptability and Resilient Cities, and the Built Environment and Urban Design.
Our new colleague will help further the college’s goals related to urban and community engagement. We pride ourselves on giving our students lots of opportunities for experiential learning and internships. Our department has helped lead efforts on campus, along with the Center for Community Based Learning, to link the college’s academic program with community involvement, including expanding community internships and community-oriented research projects for our students. Our faculty and students also work with our applied research center, the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI). UEPI has a staff of nine researchers and advocates who conduct social justice research and administer programs that advance its social change mission. It has become an institutional hub for many community engagement initiatives on campus, in Los Angeles, and nationally.
The successful candidate would join a strong department with four full-time faculty members as well as affiliated faculty in other departments and practitioners who serve as adjunct faculty who teach a variety of applied courses. The UEP Department has approval to conduct another search, for a candidate at the assistant professor level, in 2015-2016 to begin teaching in Fall 2016. Our new senior colleague will play a role in this search. You can find a description of our department and its existing courses in our catalog at this link: http://www.oxy.edu/urban-environmental-policy.
We seek candidates who will contribute to our socioeconomically, ethnically, culturally, and intellectually diverse academic environment through their teaching, research and service. US News has consistently ranked Occidental as one of the liberal arts colleges most committed to diversity. We rank near the top of very selective liberal arts colleges in terms of the proportion of students with Pell Grants. Occidental College is an equal opportunity employer. The College is committed to academic excellence in a diverse community and supporting interdisciplinary and multicultural academic programs that provide a gifted and diverse group of students with an educational experience that prepares them for leadership in a pluralistic world. Underrepresented minorities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply.
Submission of Applications
Applicants should submit in electronic form a letter of interest that demonstrates a commitment to academic excellence in a diverse liberal arts environment. That letter should include a statement of teaching philosophy, areas of teaching interest, plans for research, and a statement about how the candidate will support and enhance the College’s goal of building a diverse educational environment for all students; a curriculum vitae; samples of scholarly work; evaluations of undergraduate teaching or other evidence of teaching effectiveness; names of three references.
Please submit these materials to: Ms. Sylvia Chico, Search Committee Coordinator, Urban & Environmental Policy Department, firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries about the position can be directed to the search chair, Prof. Peter Dreier: email@example.com
All materials are due by 5:00 on Friday, November 14, 2014. We will contact finalists in January to schedule interviews on campus during February 2015.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
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