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Lecturer, Complex Social Environmental Systems

Stanford University
Stanford, CA
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Apr 11, 2024

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Lecturer, Complex Social Environmental SystemsDoerr School of Sustainability, Stanford, California, United StatesAcademicJan 23, 2024 Post Date102048 Requisition #
This position is based on Stanford's main campus with consideration given to the option for a hybrid work schedule (partially onsite and offsite), subject to operational need. Interested candidates must include a resume and cover letter to be considered for this position.

About Us

The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability strives to create a future when humans and nature thrive in concert and in perpetuity. The school is made up of a three-part structure to drive global impact: Our academic departments and programs educate students and create new knowledge across areas of research that are crucial for advancing the long-term prosperity of the planet and people; Institutes bridge scholarship at Stanford and beyond, bringing multiple viewpoints to bear on urgent challenges; The Sustainability Accelerator drives new policy and technology solutions through a worldwide network of partners who work with our teams to develop solutions at a global scale. The school is dedicated to creating and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, and to creating solutions that benefit all people, particularly those most affected by environmental damage and climate change.

For more information about the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability (SDSS) please click here.

The Education and Integrative Initiatives (EII) unit within the SDSS Dean's Office aims to build a thriving community harmonized on understanding (life on) Earth and meeting the sustainability challenges of the 21st century. EII works with campus partners on key strategic initiatives including new curriculum and degree programs.

Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment VISA.

About this role

SDSS seeks a highly qualified lecturer to develop and teach courses in complex social-environmental systems (SES). This Lecturer will collaborate with faculty, academic staff, and program staff to support students in learning frameworks to understand and intervene in complex social-environmental systems where sustainability challenges take place.

The position will be a part of the Education and Integrative Initiatives team and will work seamlessly with the faculty and teaching teams in the degree-granting units including Earth Systems, Sustainability Science and Practice, and the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. The role will involve collaborating across units for curriculum development, course evaluation, and will involve co-teaching with faculty across the School.

If you are passionate about teaching and working with students; if you thrive in a collaborative environment; if you are excited to create and scale innovative sustainability courses - this role may be for you!

The primary duties of this position include:

  • Co-teach 1-2 courses per quarter, up to 5 courses of 3 units or more in one academic year, including SUST 210: Pursuing Sustainability: Managing Complex Social Environmental Systems and ENVRES 280: Introduction to Environmental and Resource Systems
  • Partner with faculty, co-instructors, and academic staff to develop and enhance curricular materials and structure for existing courses; help ensure the courses meet their teaching and learning objectives
  • Develop a new undergraduate course in complex social-environmental systems and contribute new curricula to existing courses
  • Develop new case studies to illustrate interdisciplinary and systems-thinking approaches
  • Supervise course teaching assistants and develop lesson plans and pedagogical approaches for course sections
  • Advise students enrolled in courses
  • Create personalized course evaluations and share relevant feedback with teaching teams to foster adaptive management and high quality of the courses.


Candidates should hold a terminal degree (Ph.D. preferred) in environmental and/or social science fields and one to three years of teaching social-environmental systems in higher education. Ideal candidates will have an interdisciplinary lens, strong knowledge of SES frameworks, and experience applying SES frameworks to sustainability challenges either in the classroom or in practice.

Successful candidates will have exceptional verbal and written communication skills; engaging presentation and teaching skills; exceptional organizational skills; and a positive track record of team teaching and collaboration. We seek candidates with a flexible, open-minded, and collaborative mindset and an ability to navigate and innovate in a dynamic environment. Successful candidates will have a track record inspiring and supporting students; developing and implementing new programs or curriculum; and taking initiative to achieve agreed-upon goals.

We seek candidates from a range of social-environmental systems fields and topics with expertise in characterizing, understanding, and intervening effectively in complex SES. Specific areas may include knowledge of frameworks, models, and tools for working within SES; sustainable development; decision-making under uncertainty; multi-actor collaboration including working with Native communities and underserved populations; and transformative systems change and leadership concepts. Of particular interest are candidates with both theoretical and practical background working in SES to achieve sustainability objectives, as well as candidates with understanding across a variety of thematic areas, including water, energy, food, urban planning, or health. Candidates may have experience in teaching, research, curriculum development, or practice.

Salary Range

The expected base pay range for this position is $79,000 -$104,000 per annum.

Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location, and external market pay for comparable jobs.

At Stanford University, base pay represents only one aspect of the comprehensive rewards package. The Cardinal at Work website ( provides detailed information on Stanford's extensive range of benefits and rewards offered to employees. Specifics about the rewards package for this position may be discussed during the hiring process.
Initial appointments of the lecturer will be made for a term of one year beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year. We seek a candidate who can start on or before April 1, 2024 in order to collaborate with colleagues during spring quarter. We are flexible on the start date which may range from March to June 2024. This is a twelve-month appointment, renewable based on strong performance and programmatic needs. We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.

How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the "Apply for Job" button. Please include with your application a CV or resume, a cover letter that includes a statement describing your teaching, research and/or practical experience in social-environmental systems. Application review will begin on February 8, 2024.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact Stanford University Human Resources at . For all other inquiries, please submit a contact form .

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law .

Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 1322
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: H99
  • Requisition ID: 102048
  • Work Arrangement : Hybrid Eligible

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