The Oberlin Review

Oberlin Must Retain Professors Despite Financial Difficulties

Raavi Asdar, Contributing Writer

December 13, 2019

 I recently realized that all four of my professors this semester will not be on campus next year, and two of them are leaving the institution permanently after this semester. My situation is not unique; many students from various departments have echoed concerns of losing an advisor or faculty mentor.  There is a real and present fear among students that many of the faculty members who are leaving will not be replaced, leaving gaps in our curriculum and threatening certain students’ continuation in their courses of study. And though the One Oberlin plan makes the choice not to cut any departments outright, smaller departments losing faculty due to “attrition” is increasingly resembling an existential threa...

Lever Press Represents Lever for Change

Editorial Board

October 4, 2019

 The current generation of college students faces many existential challenges. For good reason, the fight against climate change has recently received significant attention in the national media and in this publication, but it is not the sole crisis that we must contend with. Another fight that has intensified in recent years is the one over access to information, particularly as threats to net neutrality and sources of publicly available information have mounted. For many colleges and universities around the country, October is Open Access Month. In recognition of this occasion, the Review chose to spotlight Lever Press, an important digital scholarship initiative led by a consortium of liberal arts colleges, inc...

Faculty Body Should Follow Junior Faculty Lead Through AAPR

Editorial Board

September 28, 2018

“We chose to begin our careers at Oberlin College for a variety of reasons. Chief among those are Oberlin’s commitment to fostering a research-engaged faculty of the highest caliber, emphasizing an outstanding and socially-minded liberal arts education, and supporting deep faculty engagement in the governing of the College. We write with concern that these commitments are currently being compromised, and we hope to work with other members of our community to ensure that the College’s mission remains intact.” So collectively wrote Oberlin College’s Assistant and Visiting Assistant Professors in a May letter sent to the entire faculty body, as well as the College’s senior staff, members of the Academic and Adm...

Professors Emily Barton and Tom Hopkins, new staff in the Creative Writing department, are quite proficient in the art of the selfie and taking family portraits around Oberlin.

Emily Barton and Thomas Israel Hopkins, Oberlin’s Newest Creative Writing Faculty

September 21, 2018

Professors Emily Barton and Tom Hopkins are the two newest faculty members of Oberlin’s Creative Writing department. Barton is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing — one of the two recently hired tenure-track faculty, the other of whom is Chanda Feldman, who was hired as a visiting assistant professor last year. Hopkins is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing. The professors are married with two children. Both Barton and Hopkins graduated from Harvard College. Ba...

Faculty Join National Advocacy Group Amid Personnel Changes

Gabby Greene, News Editor

September 7, 2018

Amid concern over the ongoing Academic and Administrative Program Review and staffing changes this summer, over 58 Oberlin College and Conservatory faculty members have joined the American Academy of University Professors. At 64 members, the AAUP of Oberlin does not have the numbers to become its own chapter. It does, however, have the power to become a faculty advocacy program. The AAUP is a national organization with local chapters in each state, which serve as either bargaining or advocacy chapters. A private college like Oberlin can only become an advocacy chapter, which would not allow the collective bargaining found in public university chapters like the AAUP branch at The Ohio State University. “Ideally w...

Visiting Assistant Professors Andrea Joki, Mimi Kato, Corrinne Teed, and Adjunct Instructor of Painting Donna Coleman present their artwork in The Visitors, a shared exhibit running until Nov. 10.

Visiting Faculty Showcase Works in New Baron Gallery Exhibition

October 27, 2017

As students cycle through college from their first year to graduation and faculty members arrive and depart, every semester at Oberlin becomes a unique, ephemeral moment on campus. But this semester’s new art exhibition, The Visitors, showcases continuity of Oberlin’s artists past and present through the the work of some current and former visiting faculty members in the Art department, bringing these artists’ works together while they are all here. The exhibit — which features works from ...

Professor of Geology Dennis Hubbard guiding students in an Earth’s Environments lab. The Geology department is one of the many departments facing staffing concerns after the College announced a hiring freeze this semester.

College Implements Hiring Freezes

September 29, 2017

Each fall, the College begins its faculty hiring process with departments submitting requests to the Education Policies and Procedures Committee, a subcommittee of the General Faculty Committee, asking for new tenure-track faculty positions. This year, however, some departments face unclear prospects following a temporary hiring freeze implemented by the administration. The Dean of Studies office recently informed all College department chairs that there would be a temporary freeze on permanent...

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Tim Elgren tours the unfinished space of StudiOC, which will house the course cluster program. With the March 10 deadline for faculty to submit course cluster proposals approaching, it is still unclear what multidisciplinary courses will be offered.

Administrators Rush to Finalize Clusters

February 24, 2017

The College will soon finalize proposals for the new course cluster program, kicking off this fall at the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center’s “StudiOC.” As the March 10 proposal deadline approaches for interested faculty members, students remain unaware which departments or course combina­tions will be available in the next course catalog released March 27. The course cluster program is intended to cover themes that extend beyond any one depart­ment or course. In the clusters, faculty members...

Board members of ¡Presente!: Naomi Campa, board social co- ordinator (left), Isabella Moreno, board president and Fabian Fuertes, board treasurer. The organization is the first Latinx faculty group on Oberlin’s campus.

¡Presente! Kicks Off with First Outreach Event

April 1, 2016

Oberlin’s Latinx employee group ¡Presente! is holding its first official student and faculty outreach event Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cat in the Cream. The group was formed in an effort to raise awareness and support for the Latinx community on campus. ¡Presente! has been active throughout the year in connecting faculty and employees; however, this is the first event to which students will be invited. The employee group has grown substantially from its modest start in January 2015, when...

The community-owned Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System plant generates and provides electric power to its 3,100 residential and commercial customers. Oberlin College is working toward its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025.

Faculty Look to Achieve Carbon Neutrality

March 11, 2016

With 20/20 hindsight, several major stakeholders in Oberlin College’s Environmental Policy Implementation Plan are working to find new ways to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. The plan, which was adopted in November, calls for a number of implementation strategies including further integrating education on environmental issues into the College’s curriculum. Although a number of these strategies have been realized, those charged with implementing the plan are pushing for a more intentional...

College Sophomore Gabe Steller assists a student at the front desk of Mudd Library. A new director of libraries will be chosen in the coming weeks after
candidates visit campus.

Library Director Candidates Present to Students, Faculty

February 26, 2016

Oberlin College is searching for a new director of libraries after the departure of Ray English, who retired at the end of the spring 2015 semester. English served as director for 25 years. The search is coming to a close as the three candidates arrive on campus to deliver talks over the next two weeks. The director of libraries heads all libraries on campus, including Mudd library, the Science Library, the Conservatory Library, the Clarence Ward Art Library and all special exhibits. Pablo...

GSFS Majors Need Permanent Faculty, Intro Course

Tory Sparks, Talia Nadel, and Tony Moaton

October 9, 2015

To the Editors: Oberlin’s Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies majors, minors and allies are asking for student support of our petition to the Dean’s office to hire a faculty member for the GSFS Institute (we currently do not have the status of a department or even a program). Oberlin College prides itself on the history of its stance on gender issues, and we believe that this legacy is not currently being maintained academically. Oberlin’s peer institutions have well-established Gender Studies departments, while Oberlin’s GSFS Institute has neither a permanent faculty nor enough institutional continuity for students or faculty. We believe that the appointment of a faculty member specifically trained...

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