Introduction to Earth System Science, Adjunct

Position summary:

Washington State University Vancouver’s School of the Environment is seeking applicants for Adjunct Faculty to teach “Introduction to Earth System Science” (SOE 250) during the Spring 2022 semester (January 10 – May 10).  The appointment(s) will be effective January 1 through May 15.  Applicants for this position may also want to consider applying for other adjunct instructor positions currently available at WSU Vancouver (more information on other open positions available at:

SOE 250 [PSCI] Introduction to Earth System Science: 3credits with two weekly lectures; this “200-level” (lower division) undergraduate course focuses on introducing students to Earth’s major, fundamental systems: the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and anthroposphere.  It focuses on characteristics of these systems and how they are responding to global change. Course prerequisites are: SOE 110 or BIOLOGY 106, each with a C or better. It is also recommended that students have taken the following courses prior to enrollment in SOE 250: CHEM 101 or 105. (Formerly ENVR SCI 250). The instructor will have access to existing course material. SOE 250 is currently scheduled for in-person delivery with lectures meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:05-1:20, but, if needed/desired, could be taught partly in-person and partly on-line ( a “some online” format).

Compensation: $4,605 (Master’s) or $4,824 (Ph.D.) for a 3-credit lecture course.

Minimum requirements:

Candidates must possess a M.S. or Ph.D. in a related discipline.  Preferred qualifications include experience teaching undergraduate courses at a college level and situating content within core curriculum objectives, ability to relate specialty to non-majors, as well as proven competency in teaching hybrid courses and familiarity with Canvas. Applicants with a Ph.D. in a field closely related to the course material being delivered will be given preference in the selection process.  Successful candidates must demonstrate a commitment to working with diverse student and community populations. 

To apply:

Review of completed applications will begin on October 20 and continue until the positions are filled.

Interested applicants should send by email 1) a cover letter discussing training and experience as related to the required and preferred qualifications, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) contact information for three references, and (4) evaluations of past teaching experience, if available to:

Informational inquiries can be directed to the School of the Environment Program Leader, John Harrison (



Employment Verification and Background Checks will be completed by the office of Human Resources. Washington State University Vancouver has a long-standing background check policy. The Revised Code of Washington 28B.112.080 requires applicants, prior to an offer of employment, to complete a Sexual Misconduct Statement. Information about policies is available online (

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

In accordance with Washington State Governor’s Proclamation 21-14.1, as a condition of employment, all WSU employees must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Vaccination status or an approved accommodation for new employees will be verified prior to hire. Please reach out to Human Resource Services (HRS) at or 509-335-4521 if you have questions regarding this.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Washington State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259 (f), or