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Lecturer Part Time in Environmental Studies

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School / Campus / College: College of the Environment

Organization: Program on the Environment

Title: Lecturer Part Time in Environmental Studies

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington, Seattle, is recruiting for a Lecturer, Part Time in the undergraduate Program on the Environment (PoE) to serve as a core program instructor beginning December 15, 2023.  We seek applicants with environmental studies training and experience teaching composition/writing classes.  This 80-95% FTE instructional position has a 9-month academic year term with additional summer teaching also possible. This position is renewable, contingent on funding and curricular need. The course load/FTE for reappointments may be variable across years. This is a non-tenured position.



  • This position involves teaching five to six courses per academic year (one to two courses per quarter).  We seek applicants with a demonstrated ability to teach and mentor a student body that is diverse with respect to socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, culture, academic interests, and career paths.  A significant portion of that teaching involves core classes for PoE majors.  Typical course assignments include ENVIR 100 (Environmental Studies: Introduction); ENVIR 302 (Environmental Studies: Communication); and ENVIR 460 (Environmental Justice).  It may be possible for the successful applicant to develop and teach new courses in their area of expertise.
  • Teaching of Environment 302 will include multiple sections across any given academic year, likely one per quarter.
  • Instructional responsibilities include mentoring a portion of the Environmental Studies students participating in a 3-course Capstone project.  Through collaboration with their internship host, a faculty advisor, and the Capstone Instructor, students produce a tangible research project that is closely related to their academic study.  


Specifically, the successful applicant will be expected to:

  • teach, supervise and mentor diverse students (currently 450 majors) across a range of environmentally-related disciplines and interdisciplinary areas of study; 
  • teach and mentor students in rhetoric and composition, both written and oral skills
  • teach students in topics related to the intersection of sustainability and environmental justice.


The Program on the Environment (PoE) is an interdisciplinary environmental studies program that has been at the leading edge of interdisciplinary learning and teaching at the UW since 1998. The curriculum integrates a broad spectrum of social science, natural science, and humanities disciplines shaping the field of environmental studies. PoE offers a B.A. in Environmental Studies, and is housed within the UW’s College of the Environment, which provides a broad interdisciplinary and globally oriented position for education and for basic and applied research. 


PoE is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse student body, faculty and staff.  Our program is built upon an inclusive pedagogy that attempts to bring diverse voices together so that varied experiences, expertise, and perspectives can contribute to fostering resilient, equitable behaviors and solutions to address the health of our planet and its ecosystems.   The program strives to promote thoughtful dialogues that challenge and bridge differences within the classroom and across society as a whole.  Our undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies empowers its graduates to improve the world and provides well-trained professionals who can address challenging environmental issues. 


The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. The UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see 


Salary Range 

The base salary range for this position will be $7,000 - $8,000 per month, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.



Applicants must possess environmental studies training and a PhD or foreign equivalent in any relevant field, a minimum of one year of college or university-level teaching, including specifically the teaching of writing/composition classes, and a demonstrated ability to implement active learning pedagogy. 



Applicants should submit a complete application via Interfolio that includes the following:

  • Letter of application (max 2 pages)
  • CV
  • Statement of teaching philosophy, including experience with applied undergraduate learning and commitment to diverse audiences and inclusive approaches (max 2 pages)
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness, including summarized teaching evaluations and syllabi (max 10 pages)
  • 3 confidential letters of recommendation


Priority in review will be given to applications received by October 31, 2023.


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