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Antioch College Begins Faculty Recruitment

Update: November 9, 2010

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – November 1, 2010 – Antioch College has begun a search for faculty to teach in its undergraduate program beginning in the fall of 2011.

The first tenure-track positions are in Spanish; organic chemistry; cultural anthropology; philosophy; 3-D art; and literature. Visiting distinguished teaching posts will be available in history, psychology, mathematics and biology. The College will also conduct searches for adjunct faculty in mathematics and the arts.

“Without the shared commitment of the alumni, former faculty and staff, and the community at large, Antioch College would not have been the inspirational and transformational place it was,” Interim President Matthew A. Derr said. “As we continue to rebuild our college and community, we welcome and encourage qualified applications, including those from the former faculty and alumni.”

A private, independent nonprofit institution, Antioch College will offer a four-year, liberal arts residential college experience beginning in the fall of 2011. The Antioch College curriculum puts equal emphasis on rigorous liberal arts learning and work. Upon graduation, students will have completed an individualized major based on one of 11 concentrations as well as a language minor. The institution, originally founded in 1850, operates completely independent of Antioch University, the multi-campus system it founded.

Faculty search effort is being led by Tom Kirk, the former library director and coordinator of information services at Earlham College. Kirk has been temporarily appointed interim academic administrator at the College. He is charged with establishing review panels to screen and interview applicants, who will ultimately be appointed by the College president.

Review panels will be comprised of alumni, former and emeriti faculty and other subject-matter experts who have a connection to Antioch College, understand its history and mission, and are familiar with a model for the liberal arts that includes cooperative education.

As panels of three to five individuals are assembled and job descriptions are finalized, positions will be posted on the College’s website and in higher education publications, such as Inside Higher Education, the Chronicle of Higher Education and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Review of candidates will begin as they are completed and interviews will be scheduled in the first quarter of 2011.

The first available position is a tenure-track post in cultural anthropology. A PhD in anthropology or a related interdisciplinary field is required. The successful candidate will teach general education courses that introduce anthropology and sociology, and upper-level topical courses, including those that support student self-designed majors in the area of concentration in Self, Society and Culture. The successful candidate’s experience will determine rank and salary.

Kirk served as science librarian at Earlham from 1965-1980, and then served at Berea College from 1980-1994 as library director. He returned to Earlham in 1994 as library director, a position he held through 2001. He was library director and coordinator of information services from through 2009. He also sat on the faculty affairs, campus administrative leadership and curricular policy committees, among many others.

Gariot P. Louima 

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