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Montana State University Assistant Professor of English (English Education) in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 20034

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Allison Wynhoff Olsen, Associate Professor 406-994-3768

Classification Title

Working Title Assistant Professor of English (English Education)

Brief Position Overview

The Department of English invites applicants for a tenure track Assistant Professor position to begin August 2020. We seek applicants who can contribute to our English Education program.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Position Number 4A3280

Department English

Division College of Letters & Science

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Academic Year


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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type MUS

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The English Department at Montana State University seeks an English Education scholar to join the English Education program in enacting strong commitments to sociocultural and critical perspectives on language and literacy, as well as maintain and develop new partnerships with public schools and/or community-based organizations for Montana youth. To sustain our course offerings and continue building our network, we seek an Assistant Professor in English Education.

The English Department at Montana State University offers an undergraduate degree with options in English Education, Writing, and Literature, and an MA degree that integrates pedagogy, writing studies, and literary landscapes. We have recently expanded our graduate coursework, offering fully online courses as well as remote seminars offered via the WebEx platform. As such, we integrate resident students, GTAs, rural and remote teachers, and more within the English graduate cohort. The Department houses both the Yellowstone Writing Project—a National Writing Project site—and the MSU Writing Center which supports writing across the University.

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and/or maintain a significant research program in English Education, including acquiring internal and external grant monies to support programmatic initiatives

  • Teach undergraduate and master’s level courses in English Education, with potential to teach other areas within the English department

  • Collaborate with English Education colleagues toward the continuous improvement of the English Education program, including involvement in the MSU English Education Community, which comprises current MSU English Education students and in-service teachers across the state of MT

  • Advise undergraduate and M.A. students

  • Actively participate in departmental and university service

We hope to attract applicants who can teach in a diverse University community and have demonstrated ability in helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Doctorate in English Education, Secondary Literacy Education, or closely related field by time of appointment

  • Minimum two years of experience teaching secondary English or commensurate experience in learning environments with youth

  • Evidence of strong potential for scholarly productivity and a clearly defined research agenda related to the teaching and learning of English Education

  • Demonstrated accomplishment or promise of accomplishment in teaching

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Demonstrated commitment to collaborating with in-service teachers and community partners

  • Demonstrated commitment to collaborating with and engaging diverse students and colleagues within and outside the department

  • Demonstrated or potential ability to acquire internal and external grant funds

  • Three years or more experience teaching in secondary English classrooms

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Be a dynamic teacher and scholar, adding intellectual diversity to the department;

  • Have the ability to inspire and mentor students and promote critical English Education;

  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills;

  • Have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate successfully and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff, and students both in person and remotely; and

  • Have an appreciation of diverse constituencies and be dedicated to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity and inclusiveness and helping students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The English Education program has strong commitments to sociocultural and critical perspectives on language and literacy, social-justice-oriented teacher education, and partnerships with public schools and/or community-based organizations for youth. Recent programmatic initiatives have focused on issues of equity related to rural English education, including the education of Native American youth on reservations. English Education and related faculty are currently involved in research that examines rural English teaching and pre-service teacher preparation for rural schools; the teaching and learning of argumentative writing, with a focus on the listening argument, social and relational practices enacted in writing communities, writing and English in international contexts; and teacher development initiatives.

The Department

The English curriculum at Montana State University is a rich and challenging program taught by faculty who are highly qualified as scholars and teachers of English Education, linguistics, writing, and literature, as well as winners of many awards for teaching excellence and scholarly achievement. Students in English are expected to become skilled readers and writers through the study of language and literature. The program encourages students in the pleasures of rigorous, thoughtful reading, writing, and thinking. Students in the teaching option will learn critical approaches to teaching English and an introduction to sociolinguistics and research methodologies, as well as give promise of excellence in secondary teaching. Students will gain knowledge of literature from various cultures and eras, especially British and American literature, both canonical and emergent; demonstrate an understanding of critical approaches to the study of literature; become aware of the relationship between culture and literary studies; and examine rhetorical approaches to writing. English prepares students for careers in teaching, journalism, public relations, management, and technical or professional writing, as well as entry into a number of graduate fields, including English, law, and library science.

The College

The College of Letters and Science (L&S), the largest center for learning, teaching and research at Montana State University, offers students an excellent liberal arts and sciences education in nearly 50 majors, 25 minors and over 25 graduate degrees within the four areas of the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics and social sciences.

Building on the great strength of our traditional disciplines, the college provides exciting opportunities for faculty and students at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary inquiry. L&S is dedicated to supporting student success, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing an atmosphere in which discovery and learning are integrated and valued. L&S is at the confluence of intellectual tradition, discovery, and innovation.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Fall 2020

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on October 31, 2019 however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Submit additional documentation of teaching effectiveness (e.g. a teaching statement inclusive of excerpts from course evaluations, typical syllabus ideas, assessment practices, etc.)

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .