Montana State University

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
April 23, 2013

Assistant or Associate Professor of Architecture - Structures
School of Architecture

Search Number     13-285
Start Date January 1, 2014/August 16, 2014
Appointment This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) tenure-track position, nine (9) month contract.

Salary commensurate with experience, education and qualifications.

Benefits Eligible

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 14,000 students, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 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 seven national airlines with over twenty flights a day to nine cities.

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, an annual opera, 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.


The School of Architecture offers a five and a half year professional program leading to a Master of Architecture degree, fully accredited by NAAB. The program has 400 undergraduate and 65 graduate students. Located in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone ecological system and the Rocky Mountains, the School of Architecture and Montana State University are internationally recognized for research and creative activity drawn from the social, cultural and environmental conditions of the western landscape.

The Structures faculty member will play a pivotal role in leading a collaborative effort among faculty to imbue in the students the potential of structural systems to respond to and enhance the classic tripartite of firmness, commodity and delight in all of the courses offered within the School of Architecture and will have the opportunity to shape and lead the direction of the Architectural Structures curriculum within the School of Architecture. The role of the faculty member primarily responsible for structures in the School of Architecture is to develop and teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level that articulate the role of structural systems and building technologies in shaping architecture in the past, today and in the future.

Duties and


  • Two undergraduate courses sequenced to teach qualitative and quantitative analysis of structural systems, including design loads, material strengths, and other properties of specific structural systems. These courses are intended to emphasize the inherent interconnectedness of structural systems, building technology, spatial, formal, and pragmatic considerations in the design of architectural projects
  • A graduate course focusing on building systems integration
  • LA graduate seminar in which the faculty member’s research interests are the focus of the seminar
  • Advising graduate students in their pursuit of an independent research and design project


  • Develop and pursue a research agenda
  • Publish the products of the faculty member’s research agenda


  • Support the functions of the Institution
  • Engage in outreach which disseminates the knowledge generated within the School of Architecture to the public
  • Support development of the faculty member’s discipline
1.   A terminal degree and professional license in the applicant’s area of specialization, and
2.   A demonstrated ability to teach architectural structures, or
3.   A demonstrated record of distinguished practice and distinction in structural engineering or architecture, and
4.   A demonstrated ability to teach architectural structures
1.   A professional degree in Architecture
2.   Professional registration in the applicant’s area of specialization
3.   A record of successful teaching experience
4.   A record of successful research accomplishments
5.   A record of successful outreach and engagement experience
The Successful
Candidate Will

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

  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills;

  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to build innovative teaching, research and outreach programs;

  • Have the ability to work effectively with diverse populations;

  • Have the ability to work independently on a wide variety of tasks and in different roles;

  • Have the ability to balance independent work and team-oriented work;

  • Work productively in a team-oriented environment;

  • Possess the ability to provide leadership and assuming responsibility for organizational and program activities;

  • Take initiative and work well independently;

  • Be skilled at prioritizing, organizing, and working on multiple projects;
    1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.


    Screening of applications will begin on August 1, 2013 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


    To apply, submit the following:

    • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
    • (2) a current curriculum vitae, and
    • (3) a portfolio (maximum 20 pages) of research, professional practice and/or teaching
    • (4) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of five (5) current professional references.

      An application packet addressing all the above requirements and qualification as listed is highly encouraged. Missing materials and information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

      Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #13-285" in the subject line of the email.

      • Submit materials to:

      • Jean Koelzer
      • Assistant to the Director
      • School of Architecture
      • Montana State University
      • PO Box 173760
      • Bozeman MT 59717-3760
      • (406)994-7882

        In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

    Posted (04/23/13krm)