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Lecturer or Senior Lecturer Full Time in Environmental Studies

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School / Campus / College: College of the Environment

Organization: Program on the Environment

Title: Lecturer or Senior Lecturer Full Time in Environmental Studies

Position Details

Position Description

Job Title:                    Lecturer or Senior Lecturer Full Time in Environmental Studies

Department:              Program on the Environment

Start Date:                 June 2020

Degree Required:      Ph.D.

The University of Washington, Seattle, is recruiting for a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer, Full Time in the Program on the Environment to serve as a core program instructor and Associate Director beginning June 16, 2020.  This 100% FTE instructional position has a 9-month academic year term with additional possible full-term summer teaching, and will be for up to five years with possibility of renewal.  Appointment as Associate Director is for a three-year term and includes an administrative supplement and one month of summer salary for the term of the administrative role.  Rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.  This is a non-tenured position.


  • This teaching position requires teaching six courses per academic year (two courses per quarter).  A significant portion of that teaching involves core classes for PoE majors.
  • While serving as Associate Director (a rotating position), this individual will have a course reduction to three courses per academic year (one course per quarter), along with responsibility for oversight of the PoE curriculum and teaching faculty, and coordinate with the Program Director in managing PoE’s administration and operations.
  • 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 200+ majors) across a range of environmentally-related disciplines and interdisciplinary areas of study;
  • train and mentor students in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, including natural and social science methodologies, and human subjects data such as interviews and surveys;
  • train students in how to communicate research results and environmental knowledge to varied audiences, using traditional, digital, and social media.

As Associate Director, the successful applicant will be expected to:

  • coordinate faculty curricular conversations and retreats, including chairing the PoE Curriculum Committee;
  • coordinate curricular scheduling;
  • oversee hiring of graduate student and peer TAs;
  • participate with the Director in assessing teaching performance of PoE faculty and TAs;
  • build and maintain connections with faculty across campus teaching environmental studies courses;
  • serve on the College of the Environment Curriculum Committee;
  • supervise and collaborate with the departmental student advisor;
  • organize symposia and facilitate student community-building activities;
  • develop a record of interdisciplinary research with diverse collaborators and scholarly publications that involve undergraduate student participation.

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 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 an array of shared and varied experiences, expertise, perspectives and ideas can contribute to creating 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 and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience. The University of Washington provides a comprehensive benefits package.


PoE seeks applicants with environmental studies training, administrative experience and a PhD or foreign equivalent in any relevant field.  We seek applicants with a demonstrated ability to teach and mentor a student body that is diverse with respect to socio-economic status, culture, academic interests, and career paths.  Successful candidates will have a minimum of five years of post-Ph.D. teaching and research experience at the college level and a demonstrated ability to implement active learning pedagogy.


Applicants should submit a complete application via Interfolio that includes the following: 1) letter of application (max 2 pages), 2) CV, 3) statement of teaching philosophy, including experience with applied undergraduate learning and commitment to diverse audiences and inclusive approaches (max 2 pages), 4) writing sample (peer-reviewed publication), 5) evidence of teaching effectiveness, including summarized teaching evaluations and syllabi (max 10 pages), 6) three confidential letters of recommendation, to:  INTERFOLIO

Priority in review will be given to applications received by January 15, 2020.

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gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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