School of the Environment, Adjunct

Position summary:

Seeking Adjunct Instructors to Teach Two School of the Environment Courses in Spring 2022


Washington State University Vancouver’s School of the Environment is seeking applicants for Adjunct Faculty to teach the following courses: “Natural Resources and Natural Hazards (SOE 105)” and two sections of “The Ecosystem (SOE 404),” one Vancouver-based section (partly or entirely face to face and synchronous) and one WSU Global (entirely on-line, asynchronous) section during the Spring 2022 semester (January 10 – May 10).  The appointment(s) will be effective January 1 through May 15.  Applicants can apply for multiple courses in the same application.

SOE 105 [PSCI] Natural Resources and Natural Hazards 3 credits with two weekly lectures; this introductory undergraduate course for both ES majors and non-majors includes a survey of key natural resources, the physical processes by which nature and society produce those resources, and the processes of related natural hazards. Instructor will have access to existing course material. Currently scheduled for in-person delivery with lectures meeting Monday and Wednesday 12:05-13:20, but could be taught in person on campus or in a hybrid format (some online and some in person instruction). Course Prerequisites: MATH 103 or higher with a C or better, or a minimum ALEKS math placement score of 45%. Compensation: $4,605 (Master’s) or $4,824 (Ph.D) for a 3-credit lecture course.

SOE 404 [CAPS] [M] The Ecosystem: 3 credits with two weekly lectures; this upper-division undergraduate “writing in the major” and “capstone” course covers ecosystem organization and processes; theory and applications to contemporary environmental problems. Instructor will have access to existing course material. Currently scheduled for in-person delivery in Vancouver, with lectures meeting Monday and Wednesday 13:30-14:45, but could be taught in person on campus or in a hybrid format (some online and some in person instruction). Course Prerequisites: SOE 110; BIOLOGY 106; BIOLOGY 372 or concurrent enrollment; junior standing. Compensation: $4,605 (Master’s) or $4,824 (Ph.D) for a 3-credit lecture course.

We also seek an instructor to teach a WSU Global Section of SOE 404, which would be offered asynchronously, cover the same material, and require the same prerequisites.  The instructor for this course may be the same individual who teaches the Vancouver-based version of the course.  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 15 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 (


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