This posting was updated on April 20, 2022
The Department of Environmental Studies was founded in 1970. We grant B.S., B.A., and M.S. degrees and serve over 325 undergraduate majors and minors, and 40 graduate students. There are 10 full-time faculty members, complemented by approximately 12 lecturers per semester who teach specialty classes.
Visit the Department website at http://www.sjsu.edu/envs/ to see Department information, range of courses we offer, the schedule of classes and course materials.
Description of Duties
- The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.
- Faculty shall organize all their classes within the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS).
- All classes must be offered and meet as scheduled throughout the entire semester or term, in the mode assigned and listed in the schedule of classes (i.e., asynchronous, synchronous, bichronous, in-person, or hybrid).
Lecturer Opportunities for the '22-'23 Academic Year:
Teaching opportunities vary depending on the semester and student enrollment. There are frequent teaching opportunities in both the Environmental Studies and Global Studies courses. The fall semester begins on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 and concludes December 19, 2022. The spring semester begins on Monday, January 23, 2023 and concludes May 26, 2023. Below is a list of courses that we anticipate a potential need for:
• EnvS 01—Introduction to Environmental Issues. What effects are human activities having on the natural environment and our quality of life? Discover the technical and social causes of environmental degradation; learn how your personal and career choices can protect the environment for current and future generations. Develop your critical thinking skills through written and oral argument. Modes: In person and online (synchronous).
• EnvS 10—Life on a Changing Planet. An introduction to basic knowledge and theory in the life sciences, focusing on the theme of environmental change. Examines challenging issues in biology and methods for evaluating conflicting data and claims. Develops students’ analytical and writing skills. Modes: In person and online (synchronous).
• EnvS 117—Human Ecology. Diversity and similarity of human adaptation, cultural evolution, cultural change and environmental modification in African, Asiatic, Oceanic and Latin American cultural groups. Emphasis: traditional non-Western conservation practices and their lessons for the modern-day resource manager. Mode: In person.
• EnvS 127—Community-Based Participatory Research. This course integrates interdisciplinary theory and practice in developing a situated understanding of community-based participatory research (CBPR) toward redressing environmental inequities. Students will apply these theories and practices in their own environmental research and advocacy projects regarding local environmental issues. Mode: In person
• EnvS 128—Water uses and supplies; water resource measurement methods; hydrology; erosional processes; sediment production and transport particularly on Northern California coastal watershed; flood hazards and methods of control; groundwater and groundwater aquifers; water quality.
• EnvS 150 —An introduction to significant works in the field of environmental studies. Topics covered include preservation, conservation, biocentrism, environmental justice, eco-feminism, deep ecology, and environmental activism.
• GlSt 1b—Introduction to Global Studies (Science-focused). Presents scientific ways for understanding global phenomena and for developing policy to achieve positive outcomes of globalization. Interdisciplinary approaches require new analytical models. Modes: In person and online (synchronous)
The Environmental Studies Department seeks candidates for part-time lecturer instructional positions to teach lower and upper division courses.
- Applicants must have at least an M.S./M.A. (Ph.D. preferred) in Environmental Science/Studies or a related field. University-level teaching experience is preferred.
- Professional experience, in addition to the master’s degree, will also be considered. Applicants must be well-organized, energetic, and able to provide a supportive learning experience to a diversity of students.
- Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.
- Lecturers teaching 6 or more units in a semester are eligible for benefits from the University.
- Instructors selected will be provided course materials to help with class design, as available.
Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
- A letter of interest, including professional experience, courses in the Department that you are qualified to teach, and specific qualifications that prepare you to teach those courses;
- A CV with names of three professional/academic references;
- Teaching evaluations (if available);
- An informal copy of your graduate transcripts.
This is a continuing open position. For more information, email the Department Chair, Dr. Katherine Cushing, firstname.lastname@example.org
The work for this faculty position is located in the State of California. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Proof of immunization against COVID-19 or proof of a medical or religious exemption and compliance with testing protocols is required for employment. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.
Appointment is contingent upon budget and enrollment considerations and subject to order of assignment provisions in the collective bargaining agreement between California State University and California Faculty Association. These provisions state the “Order of Work,” or the order in which available courses must be assigned to faculty, starting with tenure line faculty and ending with new lecturer appointees.
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