Montana State University

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
November 26, 2013

Division of Agricultural Education

Search Number     14-198
Start Date August 16, 2014 or until postion is filled
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) tenure track, academic year appointment

Salary commensurate with 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 several major 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. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." 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 Division of Agricultural Education includes faculty working with international, Native American, secondary education, extension education, and industry clientele. It consists presently of two tenure track teaching faculty and about 70 undergraduate and graduate students. The Division currently supports two undergraduate majors as well as a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Education. Collaborative endeavors are highly valued. The Division is one of seven academic program areas within the College.

The successful applicant will be located on the MSU Bozeman campus. Montana and the surrounding region provide exceptional opportunities for field instruction, research, and professional growth.

Duties and

The Division of Agricultural Education seeks a talented, enthusiastic individual who will enhance our agricultural education instructional programs by: (1) providing primary instructional leadership for courses related to agricultural systems technology; (2) teaching traditional and on-line graduate and undergraduate courses; (3) advising undergraduate and graduate students; (4) supervising agricultural education teaching candidates and interns; (5) developing a sustainable research program that will advance agricultural education while serving the land grant mission of Montana State University; (6) secure funding from external sources to support a sustainable research program; and (7) participate in outreach and summer stakeholder activities (we anticipate compensation for summer duties accordingly). The initial role assignment will be 75% teaching, 15% research, and 10% service. The candidate should have a strong interest in contributing to the overall goals of the division and is expected to play a strong role in delivering futuristic Division programs.

1.   Earned Doctorate in agricultural education, extension education, agricultural systems, or a closely related discipline at time of employment.
2.   Three years of secondary agricultural education (or closely-related) teaching experience.
3.   Ability to teach agricultural systems technology courses and laboratories.
4.   Ability and desire to work with students in teaching, recruiting, and advising.
5.   Ability to conduct research and participate in outreach programs.
6.   Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
1.   Demonstrated ability to employ innovative teaching approaches.
2.   Demonstrated expertise in distance education, program development, and evaluation.
3.   Demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding independently and within interdisciplinary teams.
4.   Publication record in peer reviewed journals.
5.   Knowledge of the extension service system.
6.   Demonstrated ability to work interactively with governmental agencies, the private sector, collegial peers, and the public.
7.   Ability to make state, national, and international scholarly contributions to the profession in agricultural and/or extension education.
The Successful
Candidate Will

Be a dynamic educator who will: (a) help MSU continue to provide outstanding teaching, research and service programs and (b) have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with faculty, staff, research sponsors, secondary and extension educators, and the public.

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 February 15, 2014 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) unofficial university transcripts (official transcripts may be required from finalists)and
  • (4) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of five 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 #14-198" in the subject line of the email.

    • Submit materials to:

    • Brandi Clark, Personnel Officer
    • Agricultural Education Assistant Professor Search
    • Montana State University
    • PO Box 172860
    • Bozeman MT 59717-2860
    • (406)994-5706

      • Position-related questions may be directed to:

      • Dr. Carl Igo
      • Chair, Agricultural Education Assistant Professor Search
      • (406)994-3693

        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 bbclark 11/26/13