Adjunct Lecturer for MA in Environmental Sustainability & Management
Remote type: Online
Job type: Part-time (adjunct lecturer)
The Goucher College’s Graduate & Professional Studies seeks non-tenure track adjunct faculty to teach the following graduate courses listed below within the MA in Environmental Sustainability & Management (MAES) program. Some of these courses will be offered synchronous online (via zoom) and some will be offered in-person at Goucher College’s Towson, Maryland campus, depending on program needs. Courses are offered in spring, summer, and fall semesters. The instructor will be required to maintain a Canvas site for course resources. Of particular interest are candidates who have experience teaching and engaging students from diverse backgrounds. We are particularly interested in candidates who can deepen our students’ understanding of the interactions between humans and natural systems through active and experiential learning techniques, and candidates that are skilled at integrating the theoretical with the applied. Contracts for adjunct faculty are subject to renewal on a semester-by-semester basis, depending on factors such as enrollment, instructor availability, and student success.
- Climate Change: Science and Society – This course offers an integrative approach to climate change, providing an overview of the complex and multidisciplinary sciences underpinning climate change science and the challenges of social and political accommodation. As social and political implications of climate change have become increasingly apparent and communities across the globe struggle with impacts that include extreme weather and skepticism of causes, this course is designed to teach students to sort through the scientific, social, and political dimensions of climate change. Students will evaluate topics such as climate impacts, adaptation and mitigation, climate justice, and carbon management.
- Environmental Policy – This course examines environmental politics, policymaking, and policy analysis at various scales, including the relationship between society, politics, and the environment as well as the challenges and implications of decision-making, policy, and governance. Students will examine how environmental policy is developed and how laws are applied with the goal of better understanding the role of international agreements and federal and state laws and regulations on the sustainable management of environmental services.
- Environmental Sustainability & Resilience – Sustainability and resilience are key, integrative frameworks for environmental studies. Sustainability appeals to conservation, preservation, and mitigation efforts, while resilience prepares for change. This course is solutions-oriented and designed for students to examine and critically assess alternative approaches to environmental challenges and social change. Topics in this course will include scales of sustainability, adaptation, and mitigation; consumption and production; sustainable development goals; quality-of-life indicators (Genuine Progress Indicators) as alternatives to gross domestic product (GDP); life cycle analysis; the precautionary principle; and developing solutions focused on survival, security, and equity.
- Environmental Cost Benefit Analysis – This course examines how natural resources intersect with social and economic-development initiatives, focusing on the valuation of sustainable options to minimize environmental threats. This course provides students with a thorough understanding of the use of social benefits and social costs in traditional economic models to consider the effects of production and consumption on sustainability. Using cost-benefit analysis as a decision-making tool, students assess policy options intended to decrease or eliminate environmental threats while improving sustainable development and considering equity in environmental services.
A successful candidate would be able to begin teaching on January 29, 2024.
- A Master’s degree in a relevant field, such as environmental science, climatology, environmental economics, ecology, natural resources, sustainability, conservation, sustainability, environmental management, or environmental policy.
- Professional and/or scholarly experience in environmental science, climatology, environmental economics, ecology, natural resources, sustainability, conservation, sustainability, environmental management, or environmental policy.
- One year of college-level teaching experience.
- A Ph.D., J.D., or other terminal degree in a relevant field, such as environmental science, climatology, environmental economics, ecology, natural resources, sustainability, conservation, sustainability, environmental management, or environmental policy.
- The background to teach a wide variety of courses in sustainability and environmental management.
Interested candidates should submit the following materials:
- A curriculum vitae
- A cover letter that contextualizes the candidate’s teaching interests, research, and professional experience (please indicate for which course(s) you are applying to teach)
- Contact information for two references. Recommendation letters will be solicited if selected for an interview.
The review of applications will begin on October 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.
Goucher College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No visa sponsorship is offered for this position.
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About Goucher College
Since its founding in 1885, Goucher College has been a place of innovation and excellence. As a private liberal arts college, Goucher is dedicated to teaching students to be complex problem-solvers prepared for the jobs of the future. Small class sizes, a rigorous curriculum, and dedicated faculty and staff allow for personalized mentorship for each student. Named one of the most innovative colleges in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Goucher is a leader in global education and was one of the first colleges in the country to offer 100% study abroad. Approximately 1,100 undergraduate and 900 graduate students form the close-knit and vibrant Goucher community. Find out more about working at Goucher, please visit the human resources site.