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Montana State University Honors College HONR 201 and 202 Texts and Critics Instructor (Applicant Pool) in Bozeman, Montana

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Announcement Number FAC - VA - 22105

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dawn Major


Classification Title Instructor

Working Title Honors College HONR 201 and 202 Texts and Critics Instructor (Applicant Pool)

Brief Position Overview The Honors College seeks individuals to serve as instructors for HONR 201 and 202, Texts and Critics.

  • We are especially interested in candidates who, through their life experiences, research, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of MSU’s community.

  • We welcome applications from individuals who may have had nontraditional career paths, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside of academia.

  • We seek candidates who possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute to the academic success and retention of students in the Honors College.

  • We seek candidates whose experiences have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.

    Faculty Tenure Track No

    Faculty Rank Non-Tenure Track

    Position Number 4A6608

    Department Honors College

    Division Honors College

    Appointment Type Non-Tenure Track (Pooled)

    Contract Term Academic Year

    Semester Fall or Spring

    If other, specify From date

    If other, specify End date

    Union Affiliation Contact HR for Determination

    FTE Varies

    Benefits Eligible Depends on FTE (please contact Human Resources - 406-994-3651)

    Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

    Contract Type LOA

    If other, please specify

    Recruitment Type Open

    Position Details

    General Statement

Montana State University seeks qualified individuals to provide non-tenurable level instruction and/or related functions. Instructors are needed to teach classes depending upon need and available funding.

Applications are accepted on a continual basis (unless otherwise indicated) and will be maintained in pool for two years. After two years, candidates will be notified to re-submit materials for continued consideration.

The Honors College Dean will review and evaluate the submitted application materials. Applicants will be notified if their application is being retained in the non-tenure track faculty hiring pool.

Appointments are on a part-time basis and vary in duration, from a couple weeks, a semester or an academic year, depending on the specific needs of the department/program. The salary is dependent on number of courses taught and duration.

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.

Duties and Responsibilities

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

  • Teach on-campus courses

  • Advising, evaluating and assisting students

  • Participation in weekly faculty meetings, Mondays at noon

  • Participation in, and attendance of special events as part of the HONR 201/202 curriculum, including the Honors Presents lecture series

  • Meeting regularly with, collaborating with, and evaluating the student fellow assigned to your section

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Demonstrated experience working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues within and outside the department

  • Demonstrated and effective teaching experience

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field combined with either college teaching experience and/or professional experience

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Doctoral degree or equivalent experience in an appropriate field of instruction or professional activity as determined by the department

  • Academic/professional experience

  • Demonstrated experience teaching interdisciplinary courses

  • Demonstrated commitment to student, faculty, and staff diversity

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Have the ability to relate to freshmen and to develop classroom rapport with students

  • The ability to mentor and inspire a diverse student body

  • Have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with faculty and staff

  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Be skilled in utilizing engaging pedagogy that involves students in the learning process

  • Have an appreciation of diverse constituencies and add intellectual diversity to the department

  • Dedication to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity and inclusiveness

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

The position for which you have applied MAY BE a Union position. Union affiliation is determined by job duties and the collective bargaining unit.

  • Non-Tenure Track Faculty – Any position that is .5 FTE or more is represented by the Associated Faculty of Montana State University ( AFMSU ). Faculty covered by AFMSU may choose to pay membership dues. This is a condition of employment. Additional information can be found at AFMSU ( or by emailing AFSMU ( .

  • Any position less than .5 FTE is not represented by the Union and is not required to pay dues.

  • If the FTE changes during employment, the representational status of this position could be impacted.

** Exceptions: Anyone having successfully completed a PEI exam or any faculty working in Extension are exempt from the Union

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

Texts and Critics are the foundational critical thinking courses required of all students in the Honors College. The theme for HONR 201, “Texts and Critics” is “Knowledge”, and for HONR 202, it is “Imagination”. Individual sections of “T&C” meet at a variety of times. Each Faculty Fellow co-facilitates with an upper-division Student Fellow who has previously taken the course. Class size is limited to 16-18 students, and discussions center on a variety of outstanding texts. Fellows who have taught “Texts and Critics” found the experience a refreshing change of pace and personally rewarding.

The Department

The mission of the Honors College at Montana State University is to prepare academically motivated students to think critically and independently within a challenging and supportive community, by partnering with all other colleges, departments, and programs at the university.

The Honors College fosters excellence in undergraduate education through the integration of studies in the sciences, arts and humanities and through undergraduate research. As lifelong learners, Honors students will continually develop their critical thinking skills along with their ability to articulate and respect diverse viewpoints, as future leaders dedicated to serving and improving our state and our world.

The Honors College supports an inclusive learning environment where diversity and individual differences are understood, respected, appreciated, and recognized as a source of strength.

Honors College Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Integration: Honors students will be able to integrate concepts and methodologies from multiple disciplines and diverse viewpoints in Honors seminars

  • Research: Honors students will engage in research, using appropriate disciplinary and scholarly skills, resulting in a senior thesis

  • Critical thinking: Honors students will continually develop their ability to think critically and independently by actively engaging in discussions of complex issues throughout the Honors curriculum

  • Communication: Honors students will communicate clearly and precisely in multiple formats including written prose, verbal exposition, and audio/visual projects

  • Community Engagement: Honors students will engage in activities that promote civic mindedness, global citizenship and the stewardship of our natural environment.

    The College

The Honors College at Montana State University provides opportunities for students to study, conduct research, and exchange ideas in a challenging and supportive interdisciplinary academic environment. In addition to taking small enrollment classes with outstanding faculty members, honors students may enroll in honors seminars and courses, and engage in independent study and research opportunities. The Honors College currently enrolls 1,700+ students representing all the academic colleges at MSU . Honors students have brought great distinction to Montana State University, by serving as ambassadors, tutors, organization leaders, agents of outreach and service; by gaining admittance to the nation’s top graduate schools (Yale, MIT , Stanford, Harvard etc.); and by winning major scholarships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman and Goldwater Awards ( MSU is among the top ranked institutions in the U.S. with regard to number of Goldwater Scholars with 84 awards).

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University ( MSU ) is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 16,000 students.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 75,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The local airport is served by six airlines with over thirty flights a day.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, opera and ballet companies, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Powder Magazine identified Bozeman, with “three distinctly different” major ski resorts within an hour’s drive, as the number one place to live and ski in its November 2010 Magazine. ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns – small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America’s most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies Multiple Positions

Desired Start Date Review of applications will be on a continual basis and will continue until the position(s) are filled. Applicants will be notified if their application is being retained in the hiring pool for up to two years.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Applications will be accepted and screened for the duration of this pool.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will be on a continual basis and will continue until the position(s) are filled. Applicants are retained in the hiring pool for up to two years.

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

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 an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. 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: