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Montana State University University Studies Non-Tenure Track Faculty (Applicant Pool) in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 24111

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Tara Sewell-Lasater


Classification Title Instructor

Working Title University Studies Non-Tenure Track Faculty (Applicant Pool)

Brief Position Overview

The University Studies program seeks instructors to teach the following class depending on need and available funding.

  • US101US First-Year Seminar

    Faculty Tenure Track No

    Faculty Rank Non-Tenure Track

    Position Number 4A6460

    Department University Studies

    Division University College

    Appointment Type Non-Tenure Track (Pooled)

    Contract Term Semester

    Semester Fall

    If other, specify From date

    If other, specify End date

    Union Affiliation Contact HR for Determination

    FTE 0.20

    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 department or program search committees or hiring authority 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 for one semester at a time, depending on the specific needs of the department/program. There is more need for instructors during fall semesters. There is limited to no need during spring semesters. 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.

  • Teaching on-campus courses.

  • Advising, evaluating and assisting students.

  • Participating in mandatory pre-semester training and weekly faculty meetings.

  • Meeting regularly with, collaborating with, and evaluating peer mentor, if one is assigned to your section.

  • Contributing as required to institutional assessment as well as overall program assessment on an annual basis

  • Learn and utilize required technology

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field or a related field

  • Demonstrated experience working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Academic/professional experience, particularly in first-year courses.

  • Demonstrated experience teaching interdisciplinary courses.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of college student development.

  • Promote the advancement of diversity.

    The Successful Candidate Will

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

  • Have the ability to mentor and inspire a diverse student body.

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

  • Be committed to working with student peer mentors to promote Seminar goals

  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills.

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

  • Take initiative and work well independently

  • Have the potential to provide leadership and to assume responsibility for organizational and program activities within their classroom.

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

  • Be skilled at facilitating complex discussions that engage diverse perspectives in a respectful and productive manner

  • 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 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

Courses with University Seminar (US) core designation are primarily intended for first-year students throughout all curricula to provide a platform for collegiate level discourse. Activities that hone written and oral communication skills are universally incorporated, but themes represented in individual US core courses vary considerably to reflect the department or program from which the course originates. All US core courses are small in size and rely heavily on seminar-style teaching where course content is delivered by discussion and interaction rather than by lecture. This learning environment promotes vibrant interactions between first-year students, a faculty member, and in many courses, a more experienced student fellow or peer mentor. US core courses provide a venue where students can enjoy rigorous academic discussions that promote critical thinking, learning, and understanding in a supportive and truly collegiate manner.

Through completion of the US core, students will: 1) demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving abilities; 2) hone communication skills through varied writing assignments and oral presentations; and 3) investigate what it means to be a local and global citizen.

US101US First-Year Seminar is a multi-disciplinary course, presented in seminar format, drawing from the disciplines of psychology, sociology, history, and philosophy, and encourages students to explore issues critical to their academic goals and objectives. The course emphasizes verbal communication, critical thinking, intellectual development, and academic choices. This course fulfills the University Seminar (US) requirement of the core curriculum, and is assessed annually to adhere to MSU’s University Seminar Core objectives.

The Department

University Studies is the academic program of choice for the 10-15% of first-year students who choose to explore the many degrees and majors offered at MSU prior to declaring. University Studies also works with continuing students who are transitioning between majors. At University Studies, we offer complete academic advising for our own majors as well as students in the Pre-Med option and students in transition. We also teach approximately 40 sections of US101US.

One of the objectives of University Studies is to contribute to a successful first year for MSU undergraduates. Through professional academic advising and high-quality seminar instruction, we help students understand the possibilities and responsibilities of the academic experience through an exploration of their interests and goals and the development of intellectual knowledge and skills.

The College

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 for fall teaching appointments will begin in late March/early April. Screening, interviews, and hiring for fall teaching will continue as needed throughout the summer. 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.

Please provide a statement of teaching philosophy that addresses your interest and experience working with college students, particularly first-year students, your understanding of college student development, and how your approach to teaching aligns with interdisciplinary thinking.

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: