Montana State University

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
October 9, 2013

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology & Anthropology

Search Number     14-098
Start Date August 16, 2014
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) tenure track, academic year appointment

Negotiable, depending on experience, education, and qualifications.

Benefits Eligible
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.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 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 Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by major national airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.

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 Department of Sociology & Anthropology draws on the expertise and commitment of it research-active faculty to provide excellent undergraduate educational experiences to majors, minors and the broader university. The unifying theme of the department is the study of societies – past and present – framed within the tradition of the liberal arts. Within Sociology, faculty have research and teaching foci on social inequality (especially race and gender), criminology, family, and social psychology. Our curriculum emphasizes disciplinary knowledge (including methods and substantive content) as well as skills including critical thinking, critical and active reading, research, analysis, synthesis, written and oral communication, and ethical judgment. Majors and minors develop a firm foundation in sociology, and all majors engage in independent research projects in required research methods and capstone courses. We have two options within the sociology major-general sociology and criminology. The department balances its teaching and research programs, and wherever possible, integrates the two.

Duties and

The Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Montana State University (Bozeman) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Sociology at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin start in August 2014. We seek a new PhD or an early-career academic who (1) has substantive interests in Criminology and/or Criminal Justice, (2) has a well articulated research agenda that includes a commitment to scholarly productivity, and (3) has a commitment to teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. We are particularly interested in candidates whose specializations are in the area of policing. Candidates from a criminology or closely related program should be comfortable working in a sociology program. This is an academic year appointment, tenure track position with a normal teaching load of 2 courses per semester. We hope to attract applicants who can teach in a diverse University community and have demonstrated ability in helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed.

1.   Ph.D. in Sociology, Criminology, Criminal Justice, or closely related program by start date.
2.   Evidence of an intent and ability to pursue an active research agenda.
3.   Evidence of an intent and ability to pursue an active teaching agenda in criminology and/or criminal justice.
1.   Prior independent teaching experience at the undergraduate level.
2.   Prior teaching experience or interest in teaching courses on policing.
3.   Ability to establish interdisciplinary research partnerships.
The Successful
Candidate Will

  • Demonstrate or show the potential for excellence in undergraduate instruction and mentoring.

  • Demonstrate or show the potential to conduct high quality research, as exhibited by publications in quality peer reviewed publications and/or awarded grants.

  • Demonstrate or show the potential to work collaboratively with colleagues, students, and other constituents across the university and the community.

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

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 November 15, 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) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three 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 "Sociology AP Application - Search #14-098" in the subject line of the email.

    • Submit materials to:

    • Professor Scott Myers
    • Department of Sociology & Anthropology
    • Montana State University
    • PO Box 172380
    • Bozeman MT 59717-2380
    • (406)994-5249

      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.