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Environmental Science & Management Adjunct Faculty Pool

Position Announcement

Position Details

Proposed Start Date 09/16/2017
Working Title Environmental Science & Management Adjunct Faculty Pool
Department 220900 - ESR Environmental Sci PhD
Position Number D97752
Representation AP - AFT, Local 3571

Position Summary

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept

Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation’s most livable cities, Portland State has an innovative approach to education that combines academic rigor in the classroom with field based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University’s 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State’s commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 124 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU’s motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe.

The Portland State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides the intellectual foundation for the liberal and professional education of students at Portland State and for the enhancement of the quality of life in the metropolitan area. The College consists of departments across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Environmental Science and Management (ESM) is the study of the interactions between society and the physical, chemical, ecological and biological processes that structure and maintain ecosystems. Our work is critical to understanding and developing sustainable ecosystems, human societies and economies. ESM offers undergraduate degrees in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies, three Master’s degrees, and a joint PhD in Earth, Environment, and Society through the School of the Environment.

Position Summary

The Department of Environmental Science and Management (ESM) at Portland State University (PSU) invites applications for Adjunct Instructors with expertise in Environmental Science and Management to teach undergraduate and graduate courses. Successful applicants will be expected to teach service courses and possibly some core courses (see PSU Bulletin for individual course descriptions).

Undergraduate courses, such as:

Environmental Science; Orientation to Environmental Sciences and Management; Introduction to Environmental Systems; Applied Environmental Studies; Methods of Data Collection, Analysis, Representation, and Modeling for Environmental Managers; Research Methods in Environmental Science; Field Methods; Understanding Environmental Sustainability; Natural Science Inquiry; Teaching Everyday Science; Energy and Society; Water in the Environment; The Science of Women’s Bodies; Environmental Sustainability

Upper division undergraduate and graduate courses, such as:

Ecological Toxicology; Watershed Hydrology; Ecology of Streams & Rivers; Watershed Biogeochemistry; Urban Ecology; Environmental Institutions & Management; Forest Ecology; Old Growth Forest Ecology; Climate Change Impacts; Water Quality Policy & Management; Investigating Ecological & Social Issues in Urban Parks & Natural Areas; Phytoplankton Ecology; Aquatic Vascular Plants; Ecology & Management of Bio-Invasions; Environmental Regulation and Non-regulatory Approaches; Environmental Sustainability

Minimum Qualifications

To teach Undergraduate level courses: Master’s or advancement to candidacy for a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Science and Management (or closely related field).

To teach Graduate courses: Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management (or closely related field) and professional activity sufficient to assure awareness of current advances in the discipline or profession. An MS and extensive work experience aligned with course content may be used in lieu of degree, at the discretion of the department.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management (or closely related field).
Previous teaching experience.

Key Cultural Competencies

• Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
• Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
• Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement
• Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

Environmental Stewardship
Required Professional Standards of Conduct

At Portland State University, all employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner which maintains a safe, respectful, and productive environment for faculty, students, administrators, and staff. It is the responsibility of every member of the Portland State University community to conduct themselves in accordance with our PSU Professional Standards of Conduct which are available at

Compensation Adjunct instructors are paid per credit hour, per the AFT Collective Bargaining Agreement, and are hired on either a per term or academic year basis.

Application Instructions

Additional Information

Applicants should upload:
- A curriculum vitae
- A statement of interest which includes
o Statement of teaching interest not to exceed one page
o Evidence of any teaching experience and effectiveness (for example, any of the following: summarized evaluations, letter or statement from a supervisor/person familiar with candidate’s teaching, a positive assessment, an award, etc.)
o Courses interested in teaching
o Any significant constraints on availability
- Names and contact information for two professional references with knowledge of the candidate’s teaching qualifications.
Review of applications will begin upon receipt, and will be on-going as new adjuncts are needed.
Details about compensation and other components of the AFT Collective Bargaining Agreement can be found at
For questions, please contact the Environmental Science and Management Department at and enter “Adjunct Faculty Application” in the subject line.

Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle? No
Background Check Required No

Search Details

Posting Close Date
Projected Close Date for Posting Open Until Filled

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you first find out about this position?
    • PSU Website
    • HERCJobs
    • Urban League of Portland
    • Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber
    • Oregon Employment Department
    • Social Media
    • Person Referral
    • Career Builder
    • Glass Door
    • Other - Please describe in the next Question
  2. If you selected Other, please describe.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Statement of Interest
  3. Professional References
Optional Documents