Social/Behavioral Sciences (501192)

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Jose
  • San Jose, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
Part Time Education and Training

Job Description


Department Summary:

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 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 Spring '22 Semester:

Teaching opportunities are available for the following courses in the Environmental Studies and Global Studies programs. The semester begins on January 24, 2022 and concludes May 27, 2022.
  • 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. - Online, synchronous Mode
  • 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. - Online, synchronous Mode
  • 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. - In person Mode
  • EnvS 124-Environmental Law. Development, interpretation, application and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and legal policies by legislatures, courts, administrative agencies and citizens. Examination of air and water quality, hazardous materials, workplace, land use and wetlands regulation, international, ethical and efficacy issues. In person Mode
  • 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. In person Mode
  • 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. Visiting professors will collaborate with instructor. In person Mode

Required Qualifications:

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.

Important Notes:

  • 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.

Application Procedure

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,

Conditional Offer

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 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.

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley - one of the most innovative regions in the world - San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural, and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area, and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

San José State University enrolls more than 36,000 students - many are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university's commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, SJSU is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and community can benefit from different and divergent cultural and identity perspectives.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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