Adjunct Faculty: Environmental Racism & Inequity

Institution Description:

The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) is a division of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU). As the nation’s oldest and one of the most prestigious research universities, Johns Hopkins offers high-quality master’s degrees and post-baccalaureate education to students in the mid-Atlantic region and online. In addition to the online programs, AAP also offers master’s degrees and graduate certificate programs at its Washington, DC Center and at the Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD. AAP has approximately 18,000 enrollments each academic year. JHU is committed to hiring candidates who, through their teaching and service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Position Description:

The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) division seeks non-tenure track adjunct faculty to teach the Environmental Racism and Inequality course listed below within the Environmental Sciences & Policy program. The instructor will teach from a studio classroom location at either the Washington, DC campus or the Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD, and the students will likely attend the course remotely via Zoom one night per week. The instructor will be required to attend Synchronous Remote Online training and to maintain a Blackboard site for the course. Of particular interest are candidates who have experience teaching and engaging students from diverse backgrounds.

Environmental Racism and Inequality - This course will examine the deeply rooted social, psychological, and political backgrounds that have resulted in environmental inequities and injustices. Essentially the course will focus on why, and through what social, political and economic processes, some people are denied access to untainted natural resources and are exposed to direct threats to personhood through environmental degradation and political marginalization. It will examine systemic structural biases in environmental policy-making that discriminates against indigenous peoples and people of color, particularly with respect to the state-sanctioned siting of toxic waste facilities, the distribution of pollutants, the location of food-deserts, and the exclusion Indigenous peoples and people of color from leading positions in the environmental movement.

This course covers topics such as:

  • Institutionalized racism
  • Environmental justice movement
  • Factors leading to environmental racism
  • Poverty
  • Gentrification
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Intersectionality
  • Environmental reparations


A successful candidate would ideally be able to begin teaching on August 30, 2021.

Minimum Qualifications :

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field, such as environmental science, environmental justice, environmental policy, sustainability, social science, public policy, anthropology, or psychology
  • Professional and/or scholarly experience in environmental justice, environmental equity, and/or related social science fields
  • One year of college-level teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. or terminal degree in a relevant field, such as environmental science, environmental law, environmental policy, sustainability, social science, public policy, anthropology, or psychology
  • The background to teach a wide variety of courses in the environmental science and policy fields.

The position will remain open until filled. For best consideration, please apply before June 15, 2021.

Candidates must submit the following:

  • Cover letter (in your cover letter, please indicate which course you are applying to teach for)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching evaluations for three most recently taught courses.
  • References upon request.

The selected candidate will be expected to undergo a background check and to submit proof of educational attainment.

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The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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