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Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer in Geospatial Science, Department of Environmental Studies/Sciences (3 year position)

Position Title:
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer in Geospatial Science, Department of Environmental Studies/Sciences (3 year position)

Position Type:
Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Salary Range:

HIRING RANGE: $75,320 – $79,800 for 7 courses; $96840 – $102,600 for nine courses.

The salary will be based on the number of courses available to be taught, as well as the candidate’s years of College teaching experience; benefits eligible.


PURPOSE: The Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences (ESS) at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, invites applications for an Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer (three-year, non-tenure-track) in Geospatial Science. Anticipated courses will include Introduction to GIS (ENVS 116); Intermediate GIS (ENVS 117), and Remote Sensing (ENVS 198), as well as other classes that are important for the major, including the senior capstone courses (ENVS 100 and ENVS 101), the professional development seminar class (ENVS 198), and My Environment (ENVS 5). Specific teaching assignments will be made according to the academic qualifications of the individual and programmatic need. The successful candidate will teach seven to nine courses each year, with at least one each quarter during the fall, winter, and spring quarters of the academic year. Laboratory courses count as 2 course equivalents if the candidate teaches the lecture (1 class) and 2 sections of labs at 0.5 each., and classes that meet half time, such as ENVS 100 count as 0.5 of a regular course. The quarter is 10 weeks long, with an 11th week set for final examinations. This position starts September 1, 2024.

This position is for in-person instruction, however, the successful applicant may have to provide temporary on-line instruction should the county health or university health situation so require.


(1)Terminal degree (Ph.D) in geosciences or closely-related environmental science field, and skills in remote sensing and GIS. Applicants who are ABD or possess a Master’s degree, accompanied by commensurate academic experience in environmental biology (5-7 years of college or professional teaching) will be considered.

(2)Demonstrates excellence in teaching environmental biology at the college level.

(3)Excellent communication skills.


(1) Experience with inclusive pedagogical practices that advance SCU goals of diversity and equity.

(2) Experience teaching and mentoring a diverse population of undergraduate students.

RESPONSIBILITIES: TEACHING (95%) Fulfilling all responsibilities associated with teaching the assigned courses, including:

a.Conducting and appearing at all assigned class meetings in a timely and prepared manner that demonstrates a command of the discipline and skill in presenting it effectively;

b.Assigning and evaluating assignments that align with the course description and course learning outcomes, and providing timely feedback to students;

c.Holding regular weekly office hours on campus;

d.Submitting student grades that are appropriate, accurate and fair measures of student performance to the Office of the Registrar by the designated deadline;

e.Administering numerical and narrative evaluations for all courses;

f.Where applicable, teaching from an approved syllabus for the University Core courses assigned or working with the Chair to design an appropriate syllabus for submission for approval from the relevant Faculty Core Curriculum Committee;

g.Serving as an advisor to a reasonable number of students, commensurate with the full-time equivalency of the appointment, by providing informed advice to those students;

h.Developing courses for which they are responsible and contributing to general curriculum development.

SERVICE (5%) Faculty Handbook section defines service as “fostering and advancing the mission and goals of the department, the University, or the profession through contributions other than teaching and scholarship or creative work such as service on committees, participation in professional organizations and activities, and community service performed in virtue of their professional expertise or association with the University.” Service may more specifically include attending department meetings, serving on committees, advising student organizations and honor societies, taking part in student recruitment/orientation efforts, and contributing to the accreditation or program assessment. To respect the time and commitment of AYAL faculty members, service expectations must be commensurate with the full-time equivalency of the appointment. Service is typically evaluated as 5% of the appointment. Additional service must be included through an assignment letter as part of the faculty member’s formal written appointment. Other minimal instructional or academic duties may be assigned by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences or the Chair of the Department.


1. Academic CV;

2. Sample syllabi, and teaching evaluations from previous courses;

2. A short cover letter that describes why you want to work at Santa Clara University, and how your hire might advance our departmental goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion;

3. Contact information for 2 professional references.

This job ad will remain posted until Thursday, May 2 2024.

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