Bennington College is a small residential liberal arts college in southern Vermont, long distinguished for its progressive approach to higher education. The College was founded in 1932 on the principle of active engagement in learning, which is manifest in individualized plans of study developed by students together with faculty. Bennington's open curricular structures facilitate innovative teaching across traditional disciplinary boundaries and small class sizes enable student-centered and engaged learning within the classroom. Faculty members at Bennington are teacher-practitioners whose professional work is in ongoing dialogue with their teaching and advising. Full-time faculty teach five courses per year, and fully engaged student advising is an expectation.
Bennington serves a diverse student population inclusive of members of ethnically/racially minoritized, international, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities as well as diverse gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and political beliefs. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse and intersecting backgrounds and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and responsive to these differences in the service of building community that promotes student and employee success. Each individual (faculty, staff and students) will be accountable for upholding these values. The College's approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value, power, and privilege through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply.
In recognition of the employment challenges sometimes faced by academic couples in small communities, the College will also consider applications to share equally a single full-time faculty position. Applicants must each submit an individual application and indicate in their cover letters that they are applying jointly.
Candidates should apply online below by submitting: 1) a letter of application; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of teaching philosophy that includes descriptions of three potential course offerings; 4) a statement of research interests and plans; 5) links to, or examples of, relevant recent professional work; 6) a brief statement on the candidate's potential to contribute to an increasingly diverse and inclusive environment through teaching, research, and/or service; and 7) contact information for three references.
Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. This position requires the successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.
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