Montana State University

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement

Assistant/Associate/Professor - College of Nursing
College of Nursing

Search Number     13-304
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) tenure track, academic year appt; academic rank negotiable

Dependent upon rank, qualifications and experience.

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 Montana State University College of Nursing offers baccalaureate, an accelerated second degree option, a Master of Nursing degree, and starting in Fall, 2013, a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. We provide our single undergraduate curriculum in five locations across the state (Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Missoula, and Kalispell –a satellite of the Missoula campus) to better serve the needs of our students and the state health care system. The MN and DNP programs are largely distance delivered and offer curriculum options including: Clinical Nurse Leader (MN), Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP), and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP). A Certificate in Nursing Education is also offered. The College of Nursing offers a research supportive environment in which tenure track faculty focus on projects of relevance to health care in rural and isolated areas. The College has been nationally recognized for its work in rural nursing practice, theory development and research, and the preparation of health care providers to serve rural areas. The Caring for Our Own Program (CO-OP), a project to recruit and retain American Indian students in nursing, is a national model for such work.

Duties and

The College of Nursing is seeking nursing faculty to assume tenure track positions in a variety of specialty areas. Faculty members have opportunities to teach in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Tenure track faculty members are expected to establish a focused program of research and to successfully seek extramural funding. All members of the faculty are expected to engage in professional/college/university service and to provide nursing leadership in Montana and beyond through active participation in professional nursing organizations.

1.   Doctorate in nursing or related field (ABD nearing completion considered).
2.   One graduate degree in nursing.
3.   Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching.
4.   Demonstrated potential for excellence in research/scholarship.
5.   Eligibility for RN licensure in Montana.
6.   Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills.
1.   Teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
2.   A history of successfully funded mental health research with ability to contribute to the university’s new Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery.
3.   Experience with simulation technology and distance delivery.
4.   Demonstrated potential or ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams.
5.   Evidence of service to the nursing profession.
6.   Eligibility for APRN licensure in Montana.
1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.


Open until position is filled.


To apply, submit the following:

  • (1) A letter of application addressing each of the required and preferred qualifications in the order listed above.
  • (2) In your letter please rank (1 -4) your preferred geographic locations of our four campuses: Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, and Missoula/Kalispell.
  • (3) A complete curriculum vitae including relevant work and teaching experience.
  • (4) Names, street and email addresses, telephone numbers, and relationship to candidate of three professional references. Please indicate to which of the following they will be able to speak: teaching, research, service or practice.
  • (5) Copies of transcripts from degree granting institutions.
  • 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 #13-304" in the subject line of the email.

    • Submit materials to:

    • Montana State University College of Nursing
    • Faculty Search Committee
    • c/o Kay LaFrance, Dean's Office
    • PO Box 173560
    • Bozeman MT 59717-3560
    • (406)994-3784

      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 (11/21/14kw)