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Adjunct Faculty, Ecology, Soils, Ecotoxicology, and Bioremediation

Johns Hopkins University
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Sep 21, 2022

Johns Hopkins, founded in 1876, is America's first research university and home to nine world-class academic divisions working together as one university.


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 following courses listed below within the Environmental Sciences & Policy program. Some of these courses will be offered asynchronously online during the spring 2023 and summer 2023 semesters, and they may be offered in other modalities (synchronous zoom and in-person at the Washington DC campus) in future semesters, depending on enrollment and program needs. The instructor will be required to maintain a Canvas site for course resources. Of particular interest are candidates who have experience teaching and engaging students from diverse backgrounds.

Principles and Methods of Ecology - This course examines the relationship between organisms and their biotic and abiotic environment at three levels of biological hierarchy: individual organism, population, and community. Population characteristics, models of population dynamics, and the effect of ecological interactions on population regulation are discussed in detail. The structure and function of natural and man-made communities and the impact disturbances have on community structure are also examined. Students are led to appreciate the importance of ecology in solving environmental problems. Offered online or onsite, at least twice per year. Onsite version includes required field trips.

Soils in Natural and Anthropogenic Ecosystems - This course introduces students to basic concepts of soil science and the soil's contribution to the functions of natural and anthropogenic ecosystems. It provides an overview of soil morphological, physical, chemical, and biological properties, and how these interact to form a soil with unique characteristics and ecosystem function. Students discuss soils of the world from the perspective of soil taxonomy, the processes that form these soils, and land use properties specific to each soil order. Students learn to read soil maps, to interpret and predict the quality and land use potential of soils, and to use available soil data. A strong focus will be given to environmental and ecological issues relating to soil science in the context of the ecological relationships between soil organisms and their biotic and abiotic environments, with emphasis on the role of soil organisms in biogeochemical cycling, ecosystem structure and function, long-term ecosystem sustainability, and global environmental change. Current issues regarding the proper use and management of soils are investigated. All sections (online and in person) will involve some field related work. Online sections will be offered every annually.

Bioremediation and Biofuels for Environmental Restoration - This course presents details of environmental technologies for assessment, remediation, and restoration of contaminated sites. The course includes a brief review of environmental policy related to impacts of hazardous chemicals and endocrine blockers, but focuses on remediation technologies available for reclaiming contaminated resources and reducing health risks. It covers the application of multiple physical, chemical, and biological technologies, but emphasizes use of biological systems for the cleanup of hazardous chemicals. Students are introduced to the nature of hazardous waste, behavior of chemicals in the subsurface, biochemistry of microbial degradation and technology applications. Students also explore the use of biotechnology to maintain biodiversity, to remediate contaminated soils, and to isolate and remove substances. In keeping with the emerging “bio” technology exploration, students take a look at biofuels and their role in combating climate change on a global-scale and their role in restoration of degraded land on a local-scale. Students in this class learn to select appropriate technologies, design a monitoring program for assessing the applicability of bioremediation techniques, develop biological conceptual models for natural attenuation, and understand the key principles for design.


A successful candidate would ideally be able to begin teaching on January 23, 2022.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field, such as ecology, natural resources, conservation, bioremediation, sustainability, environmental restoration, or earth system science.
  • Professional and/or scholarly experience in ecology, natural resources or environmental management, bioremediation, sustainability, environmental restoration, or conservation.
  • One year of college-level teaching experience.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A Ph.D., J.D., or other terminal degree in a relevant field, such as ecology, natural resources, conservation, bioremediation, sustainability, environmental restoration, or earth system science.
  • The background to teach a wide variety of courses in ecology, conservation, soils, sustainability, environmental remediation and restoration, environmental management.
Application Instructions

The position will remain open until filled. For best consideration, please apply before November 1, 2022.

Candidates must submit the following:
  • Cover letter (in your cover letter, please indicate for which course you are applying to teach and include a statement clarifying your level of proficiency using Canvas LMS)
  • 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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