Adjunct Professor of Sustainability Management (Open Rank) – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

USC seeks adjunct professors to teach courses in our online Master of Science in Sustainability Management program. The successful candidate should possess a Ph.D., or equivalent professional degree, as well as relevant professional experience in the field of sustainability management (or a Master’s degree with extensive professional experience in the field). Candidates must be currently employed in a primary position or career in the discipline (or retired from full time employment in the discipline). Candidates with a background in and commitment to racial and ethnic equity and improving opportunities and outcomes for historically underserved groups are especially desired. The successful candidate will join a college dedicated to excellence in teaching that is culturally responsive to the students it serves. Preference will be given to candidates with significant prior online teaching experience combined with academic credentials, relevant professional experience in the field, and a history of receiving excellent teaching evaluations.

The specific courses for which we seek adjunct professors are:

  • SMGT 500: Introduction to Sustainability 

  • SMGT 505: Sustainability Fundamentals 

  • SMGT 510: Business Strategy for a Sustainable World 

  • SMGT 515: Leading Organizational Transformation for Sustainability 

  • SMGT 520: Sustainable Supply and Global Value Chains 

  • SMGT 525: The Circular Economy and Sustainable Design 

  • SMGT 530: Sustainable Finance and Capital Markets 

  • SMGT 535: Business Strategies for Addressing Climate Change

  • SMGT 540: Sustainability Strategies for Human Rights 

  • SMGT 545: Systems Thinking and Tools for Sustainability 

  • SMGT 550: Sustainability Metrics and Reporting 

  • SMGT 555: Sustainability Management Strategy Capstone 

In applying for the position, please submit a resume or CV.


  • Apply professional experience in academic teaching, assessment, institutional service, and collaborative work with colleagues.

  • Demonstrate instructional preparation, planning, pacing, and organizational skills to effectively facilitate assigned courses.

  • Deliver instructional content that aligns with course design and learning objectives and incorporates active learning opportunities for application of course content.

  • Foster a collaborative learning environment that demonstrates responsiveness to student backgrounds, experiences, and cultures.

  • Apply clear and effective presentation of course content in spoken, written, and visual communications, including elements of synchronous teaching style and asynchronous communications with students.

  • Interact with students on a regular basis via announcements, discussion board posts, feedback on assignments, weekly office hours, and related synchronous and asynchronous modes of student engagement.

  • Provide timely, substantive, constructive feedback and grades to improve student comprehension, performance, and application of course concepts and learning outcomes.

  • Use student and peer evaluation data to reflect on instructional practices.

  • Demonstrate a growth mindset by adapting teaching practices to continually improve instructional effectiveness.

Contract Term: Per semester

The hourly rates for this open rank position are Adjunct Assistant Professor $47.50, Adjunct Associate Professor $52.50; Adjunct Professor $57.50. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

USC faculty are expected to include students’ strengths, backgrounds, and identities in the learning process and to provide application of course materials that examine diverse experiences, perspectives, or populations. Qualified faculty applicants demonstrate the ability to apply multiple techniques and strategies to reach all students in a culturally-responsive way. USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. Our definition of diversity encompasses traditionally-examined differences such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, religion, and gender; it also includes diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences informed by these differences. The university particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting

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