Clayton Koppes was hired as a history professor in 1978, was chair of the department (1987-1991), acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (1996-1997), Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (1997-2000, 2001-2004), acting President (2000), and Provost (2004-2005). Now he's a history professor again.
As Provost, Koppes gained infamy for canceling the London Program (which has now returned, albeit merged with that of Grinell), and received strong criticism from students and faculty alike for doing so by circumventing the faculty governance procedures required by the College's bylaws.
According to Obie Leaks, he is the highest paid Oberlin College professor.
- opinions from LiveJournal (9 Apr 2006)
- "'Not in Kansas Any More...' Here's Clayton Koppes of Oberlin", profile in Around the Square (fall 1997)
- "Koppes enjoys job at Oberlin", in the Review (14 Feb 1997)
- "Clayton Koppes chosen as dean of the college", in the Review (13 Dec 1996)
- "Koppes discusses curriculum concerns with students", in the Review (22 Nov 1996)
- "Koppes Named Acting Dean", in OAM (summer 1996)