The Oberlin Review

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

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

Filed under Campus News, Recent Stories

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 Faculty Showcase Works in New Baron Gallery Exhibition

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 ...

College Implements Hiring Freezes

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...

Administrators Rush to Finalize Clusters

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...

¡Presente! Kicks Off with First Outreach Event

¡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...

Faculty Look to Achieve Carbon Neutrality

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...

Library Director Candidates Present to Students, Faculty

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

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

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...

Who’s New?

Who’s New?

September 11, 2015

CES Faculty Support Divestment from Fossil Fuel

Committee on Environmental Sustainability

May 1, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Oberlin Community: Faculty members appointed to serve on Oberlin College’s Committee on Environmental Sustainability unanimously support the student proposal that Oberlin College divest its holdings in the enumerated corporations whose operations are particularly counter to the College’s greenhouse gas emissions goal. In 2004, Oberlin College adopted a comprehensive environmental policy that called for a move towards zero net emissions of greenhouse gasses. The Committee on Environmental Sustainability was created through a motion by the General Faculty of Oberlin in 2006 with the express purpose of overseeing implementation of this environmental policy. In that same year the College was the first of its...

Faculty, Students Join Together to Perform Stirring Chamber Music

Faculty, Students Join Together to Perform Stirring Chamber Music

November 7, 2014

The Brass, Piano and Percussion departments combined forces this Sunday to present a quirky program of 20th-century music. This installment of the Faculty Chamber Series took place in Warner Concert Hall and included performances of music by Lutosławski, Gershwin and Bartók. The first piece on the program, Lutosławski’s “Mini Overture” for brass quintet proved to be an exciting gambit. The ensemble performed the piece’s complex rhythmic figurations admirably, with only the occasional...

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