Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer in Restoration Ecology

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Santa Clara University
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Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer in Restoration Ecology

Santa Clara University

Department, Program, Center: Environmental Studies and Sciences

Specialty or Subdiscipline: Restoration Ecology

College or School: College of Arts and Sciences


The Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, is receiving applications to teach one upper-division level lecture section and two associated lab sections of the course entitled ENVS 151: Restoration Ecology Lecture & Lab during Spring quarter 2018.

This course focuses on the science and practice of restoring degraded ecosystems, with an emphasis on plant ecology. Through field trips to restoration projects and examination of case studies from the literature, students will grapple with basic questions: How do we decide what to restore? How do we restore it? And how do we know if we're finished? Emphasis on reading and writing scientific papers, performing data analysis, and critically judging the success of restoration projects in meeting goals of biodiversity and ecosystem function.

Course goals

1. Students will understand the major scientific and management challenges to successful ecological restoration of degraded areas, with an emphasis on Bay Area issues.

2. Students will feel comfortable reading, summarizing, critically reviewing, and orally presenting experimental studies from the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

3. Students will design experiments, collect data and perform analyses relevant to current practice in the field of ecological restoration.

4. Students will gain familiarity with local natural history and will be able to identify common plants and animals, and species of conservation interest, in area habitats.

5. Students will reflect on the value of scientific evidence to restoration and monitoring, as well as the underlying philosophy of intervention in restoration projects.

This course is currently scheduled for M/W/F 10:30 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. with labs scheduled on Mondays from 11:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Salary: $13,200 per course (one lecture & two labs)

Basic Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in Biology, Ecology, or other closely related field is preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

Undergraduate teaching experience strongly preferred.


Faculty responsibilities are specified by the Santa Clara University Faculty
Handbook (sec. 3.6). Duties include but are not limited to:
A. Teaching one lecture and two lab sections of ENVS151 during Spring 2018 (04/03/18 – 06/14/18).
B. Fulfilling all responsibilities associated with the assigned course, including:
1. Conducting and appearing at all assigned class meetings in a timely and prepared way;
2. Assigning and evaluating assignments that align with the course description and course learning outcomes, and providing timely feedback to students;
3. Holding regular weekly office hours on campus;
4. Submitting student grades that are appropriate, accurate and fair measures of student performance to the Office of the Registrar by the designated deadline;
5. Administering numerical and narrative evaluations for all courses;
6. Fulfilling other instructional or academic duties as may be assigned by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences or the Chair of the Department.

Work Authorization:

Santa Clara University does not sponsor any visa applications for this position. The successful candidate must be able to provide evidence of identity and legal authorization to work in the United States.

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Additional Information:

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About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s, Ph.D., and law degrees.

Distinguished by the highest retention rate and ranked second among all master’s universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is California’s oldest operating institution of higher-education. The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

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