Montana State University

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
April 16, 2014

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Digital Media Production
School of Film & Photography

Search Number     14-345
Start Date TBD (Either January or August 2015)
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) tenure-track, 10-month academic year appointment.

Salary and other considerations will be commensurate with experience 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 School of Film & Photography is the oldest and largest film and photography school in the northwest. The school's faculty includes award-winning filmmakers, photographers, and prominent scholars. The school enrolls over 350 undergraduate film and photography majors, and 45 graduate students in its unique MFA in Science & Natural History Filmmaking program.

The production-oriented Film Program encompasses a range of approaches centered on storytelling. Our state-of-the-art film production facilities include a soundstage, an array of film and digital cameras and support equipment, a scene shop and a Black Box theater. The MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking is a leader in its field and works closely with many broadcast and educational organizations including NOAA, NASA, National Geographic, the National Park Service, PBS, leading museums, and other organizations both within the United States and overseas.

The School also supports TERRA: The Nature of Our World (, a special podcast and website production project of the MFA Program, which has won three Webbys. The School is affiliated with KUSM Montana Public Television and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, two exceptional outreach programs serving the larger regional community. Our graduates represent a large and successful alumni community, including several Academy Award winners, student, regional and national EMMY award winners, and respected members of the science and natural history production, conservation, science information, and human rights communities.

The School of Film & Photography at Montana State University-Bozeman seeks an energetic and broad-minded colleague with expertise in Digital Media Production, ideally with demonstrated abilities in both traditional production and digital/web/interactive media. This person will have a special interest in the application of progressive media to storytelling and creative expression on the graduate degree level. This is a full-time, tenure-eligible position.

Duties and

Teaching Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate teaching effectiveness on both the graduate and undergraduate level.
  • Advise students.
  • Serve on graduate thesis committees.
  • Participate in program and curricular development.

Research Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Maintain a program of relevant research and/or creative activity .
  • Secure external funding for creative work and special projects.

Service Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Participate in program assessment.
  • Serve on school, college and university committees.
  • Contribute to recruitment, retention and outreach activities.

1.   A Ph.D. in a media, science or technology related field.
2.   Demonstrated ability to teach subject matter related to science communication.
3.   Interest in and dedication to undergraduate instruction and graduate teaching at the MFA level.
4.   Evidence of a relevant on-going research agenda.
5.   Evidence of successful college-level teaching.
6.   Interest in interdisciplinary program development and innovative course delivery.
7.   Interest in and evidence of potential for securing external grants and funding.
1.   Demonstrated accomplishment in nonfiction digital storytelling
2.   A record of exhibition in national or international outlets
3.   Expertise in nontraditional digital story-telling platforms (e.g. web, games, interactive media)
4.   Demonstrated record of successfully seeking external grants and funding, especially federal funding.
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 October 15, 2014, and will continue to be accepted until an adequate candidate pool has been established.


To apply, submit the following:

  • An Application Letter, not to exceed 4 pages, addressing required and preferred qualifications, relevant experience and rank sought.
  • Academic Curriculum Vitae.
  • Statement of Teaching philosophy, approach and experience.
  • Statement of Research/Creative Experience and Goals.
  • Names & contact information of 3 references.

A single application packet addressing all the above requirements and qualifications 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. Please do not send work samples at this time. They may be requested of finalists at a later date.

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 #14-345" in the subject line of the email.

  • Submit materials to:

  • Jeanette Goodwin
  • Assistant to the Director
  • School of Film & Photography
  • Montana State University
  • PO Box 173350
  • Bozeman MT 59717-3350
  • (406) 994-6224

    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 04/16/14kw