Montana State University

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
May 9, 2014

Extension Sheep Specialist- Assistant/Associate Professor of Sheep and Wool Production
Department of Animal and Range Sciences

Search Number     14-395
Start Date November 15, 2014- negotiable
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month tenure-track position

Competitive salary commensurate with education, qualifications, and experience

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 eight 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 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.


Agriculture is the largest segment of the Montana economy and the dominant land use in the state. Sheep and wool production are vital components of Montana agriculture. Montana State University has a long and distinguished history of working with Montana sheep producers and across academic disciplines to address the needs of sheep producers in Montana and the greater Intermountain West and Northern Great Plains regions. The Animal and Range Sciences program at Montana State University is growing, and this position will complement existing programs in sheep research (rangeland and cropland), teaching, and extension. The sheep and wool extension specialist will serve as one of the nuclei for the department’s Animal Science program. The Animal Science undergraduate program has four options including Science, Livestock Management and Industry, Sustainable Livestock Production, and Equine Science. The Range Science undergraduate program has two options, Rangeland Ecology and Management, and Wildlife Habitat Ecology and Management.

Presently, there are 11 animal science and 8 range science faculty in the department with 4 new tenure track positions in various stages of search. Animal science faculty focus teaching and research on nutrition (including ruminal/gastrointestinal microbiology), reproduction, genetics, veterinary entomology, and livestock production systems; whereas range faculty focus teaching and research on rangeland and riparian ecology, livestock grazing management, invasive plants, and livestock grazing interactions with fish and wildlife. Extension Specialists in the department focus their off-campus educational efforts on beef cattle, equine, range management, sheep, veterinary entomology, and wildlife management. With approximately 300 undergraduate and 20 graduate students in the department, on-campus teaching focuses on “hands-on” experiences designed to provide the latest scientific information for decision-making.

Animal and Range Sciences is located in the Animal Bioscience Building. This building, completed in 2010, is equipped with the capacity for delivering on-line and distance learning programs. In addition, modern laboratory facilities are capable of supporting a wide range of research and teaching endeavors. The Montana Wool Laboratory (located on campus) is one of two active university wool laboratories in the US and has become a national center for applied wool research and education, as well as a service to the Montana wool industry. At our 13,750-acre Red Bluff Research Ranch located 35 miles from campus, we have 800 ewes in the breeding flock and 200 ewe lambs. In addition to our nationally recognized, registered Targhee sheep, we also have Rambouillet and Columbia ewes. At our 640-acre Fort Ellis Research farm located 5 miles from campus we house our rams, conduct the annual Montana Ram Test, and have a GrowSafe facility for sheep research. The U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho is located 200 miles from Bozeman making MSU’s sheep program a focal point for extension, teaching, and research programs in the region. More information on the department can be found at To find out more about Montana State University, MSU Extension, the College of Agriculture, and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, please access the following websites: and

Duties and

The position is 77% extension teaching, 13% research and 10% service/outreach. The incumbent will develop and implement a nationally-recognized extension educational program in sheep and wool production which will complement and expand existing education and research efforts at MSU. The incumbent will provide educational leadership to individuals and organizations related to sheep and wool production and management, including county/reservation extension faculty, livestock producers, youth, state livestock and commodity organizations and related industries or organizations. The incumbent will provide leadership and supervise activities at the MSU wool lab. It will be expected that the incumbent will utilize multi-media and active learning methodologies in their educational efforts. As a tenure-track faculty member in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at Montana State University, the successful candidate will be expected to publish in refereed journals, secure extramural funding, mentor and advise graduate students, contribute to teaching and learning efforts (on- and off-campus), and provide appropriate departmental, college, university, and professional service. It will be expected that the incumbent will work collaboratively on research projects with faculty within the Animal and Range Sciences Department as well as researchers and extension specialists within the region. Extensive travel throughout the state and occasional travel outside of Montana will be required.

As an Extension Specialist, the successful candidate will comply with all Extension, departmental, college, university, state and federal reporting requirements and assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies.

1.   An earned Ph.D. degree in Animal Science or closely-related field at the time of hire.
2.   Demonstrated knowledge of sheep and wool management strategies and production systems.
3.   Demonstrated accomplishments in on- or off-campus teaching and evidence of research experience.
4.   Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with sheep producers.
1.   Ability to interact positively with other disciplines within the university and with external constituents.
2.   Potential to secure extramural funding from multiple sources.
3.   Demonstrated ability to effectively write and communicate research to non-scientific audiences, both youth and adults.
4.   Demonstrated ability in planning, implementing, and evaluating off-campus educational programs.
5.   Demonstrated knowledge of western range livestock issues.
6.   Demonstrated experience working in a team environment.
The Successful
Candidate Will

Have excellent verbal and written communications skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to successfully contribute to teaching (off-campus), research and outreach.

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
2.   The successful candidate must have the ability to navigate uneven terrain on foot, work in inclement weather, and lift up to 75 pounds.

Screening of applications will begin on July 1, 2014 and will continue to be accepted until an adequate pool is established.


To apply, submit the following:

  • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications (how your training, expertise, and talents uniquely qualify you to fulfill the required and preferred qualifications for this position),
  • (2) a current resume or vitae,
  • (3) unofficial transcripts of all university academic work (official transcripts will be required of the top candidate(s), and
  • (4) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three current professional references.

    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 #14-395" in the subject line of the email.

    • Submit application materials to:

    • Extension Sheep Specialist- Asst/Assoc Professor Search Committee
    • Department of Animal and Range Sciences
    • Montana State University
    • PO Box 172900
    • Bozeman, MT 59717-2900
    • (406)994-3415

    • Questions regarding the position may be directed to:

    • Dr. Jeff Mosley, Committee Chair
    • (406)994-5601

      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 (5/9/14 bbclark)