Eric Estes joined the Oberlin community as an associate dean and director of the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) in 2004. In 2009, his position was restructured to encompass responsibilities in both the Division of Student Life and the College of Arts and Sciences. He was appointed dean of students in July 2011. Dean Estes is also a faculty member in the Departments of Comparative American Studies and History as well as the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies.
Dean Estes holds a MA and PhD in History, and a CAS in Women’s Studies from Syracuse University, and a BA in History from Trinity College in Connecticut. Prior to his arrival at Oberlin, Estes held faculty and administrative appointments at Duke and Syracuse Universities and Le Moyne College. He was a Fulbright scholar to Germany and has received fellowships from Mellon, DAAD, GHI, and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. At Oberlin and Duke, Dean Estes has taught courses on athletics in American culture, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, and Oberlin’s early mission to China. He is also a member of the Oberlin Shansi Board of Trustees.
Dean Estes oversees the Office of the Dean of Students, which leads the division in supporting the educational mission of the college, particularly by creating more seamless connections between the curricular and co-curricular experiences of students, fostering mental and physical health and wellness by developing life skills and inter/personal growth, and building and bridging intellectual and personal communities for students. Offices within the division that share this vision are the Office of Student Wellness (OSWELL), Counseling Center, Edmonia Lewis Center for Women and Transgender People, MRC, Safety and Security, Student Academic Services, Student Health Services, Student Union, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Residential Education and Dining Services as well as important resources like the Class Deans, Club Sports, College Judicial System, First Year Experience, Honor System, and the Emergency On-Call System.