Academic Opportunities at Liberal Arts Colleges

Overview of October 9 event

This day-long event took place on October 9 and featured four college representatives from Middlebury and Williams Colleges who represented a consortium of liberal arts colleges from southern New England and western Massachusetts. These include Amherst, Connecticut, Hampshire, Middlebury, Mount Holyoke, Skidmore, Smith, Trinity, and Williams Colleges.

In the first hour, the group addressed broad concepts, such as working for liberal arts colleges, work load, teaching, the tenure process, and differences between liberal arts colleges and Research I institutions.  From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. the visitors broke up into discipline-specific workshops — arts and humanities, social sciences, sciences and general disciplines to address specific questions, such as teaching in the arts and humanities, living in small town environments, benefits packages, and balancing family and work.  In the afternoon, 37 students had signed up for individual informal sessions to discuss questions about a specific school or postdoctoral position. Some graduate students also used the opportunity as a prelude to formal job interviews later in the semester.

Handouts and downloadable PDFs

To assist you in your job and postdoctoral search most of the handouts from this event are available in PDF format. 

The college representatives suggest that if you are applying to a position at one of the institutions mentioned in item #4 below you may contact the diversity officer at that specific school to discuss your interest in a particular position.

1.    Article about research careers at liberal arts colleges (hardcopy available from my office)
2.    List of liberal arts colleges (PDF)
3.    Links to various consortium members’ human resources web sites that have faculty openings (PDF)
4.    List of Liberal Arts Colleges Diversity Offers (LADO), (PDF)
5.    Handout about the Bolin Postdoctoral Fellowship at Williams College (PDF)


Academic opportunities at additional liberal arts colleges and Research I universities

To further assist UC Berkeley graduate students who are on the job market for either academic or postdoctoral positions the following Academic Employment Resources have been assembled for your job search.

Academic Employment Resources

California Research I  Institutions

UC Berkeley
UC Davis (redirected to N. California HERC)
UC Irvine
UC Los Angeles
UC Merced
UC Riverside
UC San Diego
UC San Francisco
UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Cruz
Stanford University (redirected to HERC N. California)
USC (See individual departments)

California State University System

California State University Faculty Human Resources

Higher education search engines

Higher Education  Search Engine
Higher Education Recruitment Consortium-Northern California
Higher Education Recruitment Consortium-Southern California
Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (by region)

Ivy League schools 

Brown University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Harvard University
Princeton University
University of Pennsylvania
Yale University 

Sample of additional liberal arts colleges

Bryn Mawr
Carlton College
Claremont Graduate University
Claremont McKenna Colleges
Colgate University
Davidson College
Grinnell College
Hamilton College
Harvey Mudd College
Kenyon College
Lewis and Clark College
Macalester College
Morehouse College
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Reed College
Scripps College
Spelman College
St. Mary's College
St. Olaf College
St. John's University
Swarthmore College
Thomas Aquinas College
Vasser College

Southwest Colleges

Arizona State University
Rice University
Southern Methodist
Southwestern University
Texas A & M (See Departments)
Texas Women's University
University of Texas
University of Arizona
University of Houston
University of New Mexico
University of North Texas
UT Arlington
UT Austin
UT Brownsville
UT Dallas
UT El Paso
UT Pan American
UT Permian Basin
UT San Antonio
UT Tyler


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