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Term Faculty (Non-Tenure Track) - Environmental Science and Studies (24-25)

DePaul University
Chicago, IL

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Term Faculty (Non-Tenure Track) - Environmental Science and Studies (24-25)

Full-time Faculty Positions

Full-time faculty positions will be posted on a per-opening basis. Postings are organized by college/school and department. Applicants will be evaluated at the college/school level for the position which they are submitting an application. Unless noted by a close date, positions will remain open until they are filled. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Part-time Faculty Positions

DePaul University invites expressions of interest for a pool of qualified Part Time Faculty to teach courses in a variety of disciplines across all 10 colleges and schools. Individuals may enter expressions of interest by submitting their credentials to any posting for which they are qualified to teach. Postings are organized by college/school and department. Screening of individuals in the pool is ongoing, depending on curricular need and funding. Individuals will be contacted by the department if they reach the finalist stage for teaching a particular course or set of courses. The pool will remain in place until the closing date specified in the posting details; those interested in remaining in the pool beyond that time must resubmit. All individuals in the pool will be notified by email when the posting is closed.

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Posting Details

Job ID: 137163

Rank: Instructor/Professional Lecturer

College/School: Chicago, IL - College of Science and Health

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DePaul University invites applications for a full-time instructor beginning in September 2024. This position has an initial contract that runs until the end of the 2024-2025 academic year (June 2025) with the potential for renewal after this date. This is an opportunity to join DePaul’s vibrant Environmental Science and Studies (ENV) department ( as teaching faculty.

We seek applicants with a broad background in environmental science disciplines who are passionate about teaching environmental and sustainability issues. In addition to classes of more general interest for both majors and non-majors, there may be opportunities to teach both new and listed classes (ex. Chicago Quarter, water resources, etc.) related to the areas of expertise of the successful candidate. We welcome applicants whose teaching complements but does not duplicate existing faculty expertise.

Instructors teach 9 teaching equivalents (TE) a year (each lecture section counts for 1 TE and each lab section for 0.5 TE). Note that DePaul uses a quarter system, and these teaching equivalents typically occur over the autumn, winter, and spring quarters.

This contract position is an exciting opportunity for an individual with a commitment to undergraduate education. Additionally, community partnerships can be developed using Chicago as a classroom for social justice and equity-based learning. We have long-standing collaborations in teaching and research with the Field Museum, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Morton Arboretum, and the Urban Wildlife Institute at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrably strong record of teaching and will be committed to helping a diverse population of students succeed in learning, regardless of gender, ethnicity, and STEM preparation. The ENV particularly values inclusive and active pedagogical approaches in the classroom.

About the Department, College, and University

The ENV currently serves over 120 undergraduate students in two majors: Environmental Science (BS) and Environmental Studies (BA). The department also offers a MS in Environmental Science that serves approximately 20 students. The ENV currently has eight core faculty and a laboratorian. ENV faculty are actively engaged in research and teach a diverse student population.

Although our ENV department prides itself on its small-community feel, the College of Science and Health (CSH) and DePaul University offer big-university resources and amenities. CSH houses 10 departments including Biology, Chemistry, and Health Sciences, with nearly 2,300 undergraduate students and 900 graduate students in 20 master’s and doctoral programs. CSH facilities include greenhouses, vans for field work and field trips, laboratory spaces, a flame atomic absorption spectrometer (FL-AAS), ion chromatograph, portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometer (pXRF), a STEM center, and internal funding opportunities for faculty and student projects. DePaul’s Steans Center supports faculty in developing research and educational partnerships with Chicago communities and provides funds for students engaged in community-based research.

With a total enrollment of over 20,000 students, DePaul is one of the largest private non-profit universities and the largest Catholic university in the nation. Yet, the class size in its academic programs typically does not exceed 40 students, reflecting the value the university places on teaching excellence. DePaul’s programs provide high-quality, personalized, accessible education to a diverse student body, grounded in the values of St. Vincent de Paul. Our teaching and research advance knowledge and service to society.

DePaul seeks applicants who reflect the diversity of its student body and the city of Chicago. Those with experience working with diverse faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to an inclusive climate are encouraged to apply. We urge candidates to provide examples of their successes in these areas.

Women, members of historically underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications

  • A graduate degree in an environmental science discipline
  • Ability to teach courses in a range of environmental courses at the undergraduate level
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in a collaborative environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • A PhD is strongly preferred
  • Commitment to developing innovative curriculum
  • Interest in opportunities to incorporate service-learning in teaching
Special Instructions to Applicants:

A complete application should contain the following:

  1. A letter of application indicating interest in and qualifications for the position;
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. A one-page statement of teaching philosophy;
  4. Evidence of teaching effectiveness: for example, syllabi, teaching evaluations, assignments;
  5. Contact information for three professional references who will be contacted by the Interfolio application system for direct recommendation letter uploads.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only completed applications will be considered. Applications submitted by May 23rd, 2024, will receive priority consideration.

For further questions about this position, please contact Dr. Jess Vogt, search committee chair, at

Applicant Documents Cover Letter(1)
Teaching Statement(1)
Other Document(1)
Confidential Letter of Recommendation or Evaluation(3)


Working at DePaul University

Enrolling more than 23,000 students, DePaul is the ninth-largest private and largest Catholic university in the country. It offers over 200 graduate and undergraduate degree programs through nine colleges and schools. Nearly one third of DePaul’s students are of color—the most diverse of any private university in Illinois—and about 30 percent of each year’s freshmen class intend to be the first in their families to earn a college degree. DePaul’s success extends beyond recruitment—it is among the nation’s top 100 universities in awarding degrees to students of color.

Educating Chicago’s business leaders, lawyers, judges, teachers, artists and public servants for more than a century, DePaul enjoys an excellent academic reputation. It has earned impressive rankings from U.S. News & World Report for its business and law programs as well as distinctions for diversity and community service. A host of higher education guides have recognized DePaul for everything from its economic value and happy students to its hot and trendy campus and great town-gown relations.

DePaul prides itself on the strength of its academic programs, especially the programs in entrepreneurship, real estate, and the part-time MBA; computer science, network assurance and digital media; psychology and philosophy; music and theater; health and intellectual property law; and adult learning initiatives. Despite its size, the university is committed to providing students with personal attention; the student/faculty ratio is just 16:1. Professors who teach graduate students also teach undergraduates in small-group settings.

DePaul’s goal, expressed in the VISION twenty12 strategic plan, is to become one of the finest urban, Catholic universities in the United States. It is focused on creating nationally recognized, rigorous programs of study; preparing women and men to be at the forefront of their chosen fields as ethical and socially engaged leaders; and further strengthening its financial and operational foundations.

DePaul was founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (or Vincentian) religious community, which follows the teachings of 17th century French priest St. Vincent de Paul. Established to provide a high quality education to immigrants and others who were denied access to college, DePaul continues to embrace this mission today, recruiting and graduating significant numbers of students from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.


Located in Chicago, Illinois, DePaul has two primary campuses and four suburban locations. The Loop Campus is in the heart of the downtown business and cultural district and is home to four of DePaul’s colleges, a theater, a residence hall and most administrative functions. It is separated by a 20-minute trip on Chicago’s “el” train from the Lincoln Park Campus, close to Lake Michigan and Wrigley Field. Considered one of the nation’s most beautiful urban campuses, Lincoln Park is home to five colleges, the main library, numerous residence halls, a student center and the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, open to employees and students.

Both campuses are located in thriving business and residential districts that are well served by public transportation, providing a full array of housing choices for employees. Chicago boasts six professional sports teams and some of the best theater, music and art venues in the nation. As an international business hub and conference center, Chicago enables employees to build strong professional networks and remain on the leading edge of their fields.

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