Adjunct Faculty: International Water: Issues & Policy

Johns Hopkins University
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Washington, DC, 20036

Open Date

Aug 7, 2020


Johns Hopkins University

Advanced Academic Programs

Environmental Sciences & Policy Program

Adjunct Faculty: International Water: Issues & Policy

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 enrolls almost 5,000 students 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 International Water: Issues & Policy course listed below within the Environmental Sciences & Policy program. The course will be taught in a synchronous online format beginning in Fall 2020.  The instructor will teach from a classroom studio location at the Washington, DC campus, and the students will attend the course remotely via Zoom.  Of particular interest are candidates who have experience teaching and engaging students from diverse backgrounds.

International Water: Issues & Policy - This course is a broad survey of international water issues facing the 21st century. Topics to be covered include, water security, privatization of water service delivery, conflict and cooperation on trans-boundary rivers, the role of large multi-purpose reservoirs (for hydropower, water supply, irrigation), water as a human right, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals on water supply and sanitation, the role of water in food security, water institutions and policies, climate change.  Any discourse today on sustainable development is not complete without a discussion of the important role of water to society, economic growth, and poverty reduction. Our objective in this course is to gain a broad overview of these issues, primarily from the sustainable development lens, and to critically evaluate these challenges from a multidisciplinary perspective (e.g. economics, environment, social, engineering, public health). This is important as solutions to water problems will require many different disciplines and expertise working together.

This course covers topics such as:

  • Water types (blue, green, white)
  • Water security
  • Role of water in food security
  • Role of multipurpose reservoirs
  • Climate change and water
  • Conflict and cooperation on trans-boundary rivers
  • Water diplomacy
  • Water as a human right
  • Water and gender
  • Water governance and institutions
  • Role of water to society, economic growth, and poverty reduction
  • Privatization of water service delivery


Minimum Qualifications: A successful candidate would ideally be able to begin teaching on August 31, 2020.

  • An advanced degree in a relevant field, such as environmental science, environmental policy, or sustainability with a master’s degree at minimum
  • Relevant experience in water policy, water security, hydropower, climate change and water impacts, and/or related environmental fields 
  •  One year of college-level online teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

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

Application Instructions

The position will remain open until filled.  For best consideration, please apply before August 17, 2020. 

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.