Mycology Adjunct Faculty Position – Evergreen State College

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Mycology Adjunct Faculty Position - Evergreen State College

Position Title: Mycology Adjunct Faculty (half time, Winter-Spring 2024)

Job Summary: This is a half-time, adjunct faculty position for the Winter 2024 and Spring 2024 quarters.

The Evergreen State College seeks a broadly trained mycologist for an adjunct position starting in Winter 2024 with expertise in one or more of the following areas: general mycology, medicinal fungi, environmental applications of fungi, mushroom cultivation. This half-time position is for the Winter and Spring quarters and involves planning and co-teaching 8-credit offerings in the mycology certificate program within Evergreen’s school of Professional and Continuing Education. These courses will be taught as hybrid/online offerings using the Canvas learning management system- instructors would teach one evening each week or one weekend day; modalities may include one online synchronous lecture and/or one in-person lab per week on The Evergreen State College campus. We seek an engaging teacher/scholar with a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and prior academic and/or professional experience in the field of mycology. Our new colleague will be both excited to teach in teams and able to work with minimal supervision while maintaining high standards of professionalism, punctuality, and content relevance for diverse learners. For the 24-25 academic year, there is potential for renewing the half-time contract for Fall-Winter-Spring teaching the mycology certificate.

Evergreen is committed to building a diverse and broadly trained faculty. We encourage candidates with a genuine curiosity and enthusiasm for teaching and learning in an interdisciplinary environment, demonstrated experience pursuing innovative teaching strategies, and experience working with diverse and underserved populations

Curriculum in Professional and Continuing Education is based on certificate and degree completion programs comprised of 4-credit and 8-credit offerings, normally planned at a 25:1 student to faculty ratio, and capstone work including undergraduate research or internships and individual study.

Evergreen uses narrative evaluations in lieu of grades and faculty are generally responsible for evaluating 25 students/quarter in each class. Faculty are also responsible for advising students as they reflect on their learning process, develop a pathway of study, and formulate their own areas of concentration.

Job Expectations:

Our teaching is student-centered, which means we are interested in helping students develop strong skills in critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaborative work. Because over 80% of our students come from underserved and marginalized groups, we are particularly invested in approaches to teaching that emphasize diversity and equity, that provide opportunities for challenge and growth, and that foster a learning environment where all are welcome and all can learn from each other.
Certificate faculty are expected to:
  • Teach to a set curriculum plan with clear learning outcomes
  • Respond to student inquiries and provide feedback on student assignments in a timely manner
  • Coordinate with other faculty in the certificate program, to ensure curriculum continuity across courses
  • If team-teaching, coordinate with co-faculty in course design including syllabus, lesson plans and relevant course materials
  • Adapt instructional techniques based on feedback from students, co-faculty and the PaCE Dean, and strive to implement inclusive teaching practices
  • Complete instructor onboarding, relevant learning technology training, and other training as needed
  • Observe FERPA, HIPAA, and other privacy laws and policies.

A complete list of faculty responsibilities can be found in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Three years or more of post-graduate or professional experience relevant to Mycology including specialization in one of the course content areas: General Mycology, Medicinal Fungi, Environmental Applications of Fungi, Mushroom Cultivation.
  • Ph.D. in Mycology, Botany or Biology (or related fields).
  • Prior teaching and/or mentoring experience
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Evidence of potential to successfully work with individuals from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching diverse and underserved populations
  • Prior experience teaching/presenting in an online environment.
  • Experience with diversity/inclusivity issues

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