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Environmental Studies Program - Adjunct Instructors

Date Opened: 3-28-2014
Closing Date: when filled

The Environmental Studies Program at Southwestern University seeks one or two individuals for an adjunct faculty position to teach one or two core Environmental Studies courses in the fall 2014 semester.  Introduction to Environmental Studies (49-104) will meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. and US Environmental Policy Course (49-364) will follow (10 – 11:15 a.m.).  In addition to classroom teaching, the adjunct faculty will be expected to hold office-hours and conduct other traditional components of college teaching (i.e. grading papers, assisting students as needed and adhering to all work practices established by the University). Compensation will be paid on a per course basis.  Course descriptions follow and more information about the Environmental Studies Program can be found here:

Course Descriptions: 

49- 104 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES. This course introduces students to the essential environmental issues of the 21st century. Students are introduced to core concepts in areas such as environmental degradation and pollution, resource extraction and consumption, urbanization, ecology, sustainable development, activism, and population geography. Each of these topics is taught from an interdisciplinary perspective that examines the interconnections and divisions inherent within the global human population and their relationship to the environment.

49-364 U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY. This course explores the development of environmental policy in the United States since the 1970s. The purpose of this course is to help students (1) conceptualize the economic, political, and cultural issues associated with policy, (2) become aware of the policy process, key actors, and important legislation, and (3) apply this knowledge as capable professionals, scholars, and engaged citizens. The last three weeks of the course traditionally focus on contemporary policy issues in Texas such as water use and planning, endangered species protection, and energy policy. Prerequisite ENV 49-104.

Required Qualifications:  Ph.D. in any number of environmentally-related disciplines preferred, though A.B.D candidates in those areas as well as working professionals (M.S./J.D. degrees for example) in the environmental arena are also welcome to apply for the position.  Candidates should demonstrate competency in the areas of study, express an interest in interdisciplinary teaching and possess excellent interaction and communication skills (verbal and written).  Candidates who have a strong commitment to enhancing diversity in academia are also preferred.

Southwestern University is a selective, undergraduate institution committed to a broad-based liberal arts, sciences, and fine arts education. Southwestern currently enrolls approximately 1,500 students and maintains a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.  In addition to a number of other national organizations, Southwestern University is a member of two consortia of liberal arts colleges, the Associated Colleges of the South and the Annapolis Group. Located in Georgetown, Texas, 28 miles north of downtown Austin, Southwestern is affiliated with The United Methodist Church.  Southwestern University is committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and encourages applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in academia.

To apply: Applicants should submit a single PDF document that includes: 1) a cover letter addressing the candidate’s interest in teaching in a liberal arts environment; 2) a description of how their professional qualifications and experience match the specific course(s) that they wish to teach; 3) a curriculum vitae; and 4) three names and contact information for references.  Applications should be emailed to Viola Hunt, Administrative Assistant (  Review of applications will begin on April 1st and continue until the position is filled.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of the University’s Background Check Policy process.  Please no third party submissions. Southwestern University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  EOE/M/F

Posted March 31, 2014.