Eric Estes is vice president and dean of students at Oberlin College. He joined the Oberlin community in 2004 as an associate dean and director of the Multicultural Resource Center. In 2009, his position was restructured to encompass additional responsibilities related to curricular and faculty diversity when he became an associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. He also is an assistant professor in comparative American studies and affiliated with the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies.
Prior to Oberlin, Estes held faculty and administrative positions at Duke and Syracuse universities. While at Duke, he chaired a presidential task force on LGBT matters, served on a presidential commission focused on the status of women, and worked as a faculty affiliate of the Center for LGBT Life. At Syracuse, he worked as a consultant on professional development programs for graduate and junior faculty focused on undergraduate teaching. He was a Fulbright doctoral fellow to Germany, and has received grants from the Mellon and Ebert foundations, GHI, and DAAD. At Duke and Oberlin, he has taught classes on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, sports and U.S. culture, and connections between Oberlin's early missionary history in China and Asian American student activism at the college. Estes earned a MA and PhD in history as well as a Certificate in Advanced Studies in women's studies at Syracuse University, and a B.A. in history from Trinity College. He is a member of the Oberlin Shansi Board of Trustees.
Dean Estes oversees the Division of Student Life that supports students by creating more seamless connections between curricular and cocurricular experiences, developing life skills and inter/personal growth, and building and bridging intellectual and personal communities.
Offices within the division include the Counseling Center, Concert Sound, Dining Services, Disability Support Services, the Edmonia Lewis Center for Women and Transgender People, ID Card Office, Multicultural Resource Center, Residential Education, Safety and Security, Student Academic Services, Student Health Services, Student Union, Student Wellness, Summer Conferences, and Religious and Spiritual Life. Important resources such as class deans, club sports, judicial system, First Year Experience, honor system, and the Emergency On-Call System are also part of the division.