Montana State University

Non-Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
*Updated Special Requirements*

Instructor (Pooled Position)
School of Film and Photography

Search Number     12018-22

Montana State University seeks qualified individuals to provide non tenurable level instruction and/or related functions. Applications are accepted on a continual basis (unless otherwise indicated) and will be maintained in pool for two years. After two years, candidates need to re-submit materials for continued consideration.

The department or program search committees or hiring authority will review and evaluate the submitted application materials. Applicants will be notified if their application is being retained in the non tenure track faculty hiring pool.

Appointments are on a part-time basis and vary in duration, a couple weeks, a semester or an academic year, depending on the specific needs of the department/program. Salary is dependent on number of courses taught and duration.

Responsibilities may include: 1) Teaching on-campus or online courses, 2) Advising, evaluating and assisting students and/or 3) Curriculum and/or course development

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.

As a non tenurable employee, you may be eligible for benefits as outlined in the policies of Montana State University, the Montana University System and the AFMSU Non Tenure Track Collective Bargaining Agreement at


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 four national airlines and is the second 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 School of Film & Photography seeks qualified individuals to provide non-tenurable instruction in the following areas: FILM AND RELATED MEDIA STUDIES, FILM AND VIDEO PRODUCTION (ALL ASPECTS), FILM INDUSTRY, ACTING, DIRECTING, SCRIPTWRITING, PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT, SCIENCE COMMUNICATION, WILDLIFE AND NATURE FILMMAKING, NEW MEDIA, PHOTOGRAPHY (ANALOG AND DIGITAL), PHOTO HISTORY. The School may have on-campus and distance/online teaching opportunities. Appointments are on a part-time basis and vary in duration depending on the needs of the school. Salary is dependent on previous experience and assigned courses.

Duties and

Vary according to needs of the school and the specific areas of instruction.

  1. Terminal academic degree or comparable professional experience.
  2. Demonstrable skills appropriate to the specific course(s).
  1. Prior teaching experience.
  2. A significant record of accomplishment related to the desired teaching area(s).
The Successful
Candidate Will
  1. Be able to work closely with other faculty in a collegial environment and contribute to the academic mission of the school.
  2. Work effectively with students from different backgrounds and levels of experience.
In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

This position MAY BE a Union position. Union membership is determined by the amount of work being contracted.
  • Any position working 50% or more is represented by the Associated Faculty of Montana State University (AFMSU). Faculty covered by AFMSU must begin paying either membership dues or representation fees within thirty (30) days of hire. This is a condition of employment. Additional information can be found at
  • Any position working less than 50% is not represented by the Union, and is not required to pay dues. If the terms and conditions of the hire contracts change, the representational status of this position could be impacted.
Review of applications will be on a continual basis and will continue until the position(s) are filled. Applicants will be notified if their application is being retained in the hiring pool for up to two years.

To apply, submit: (1) a letter of application that describes your experience and interest in teaching in the School of Film and Photography, (NOTE: Please indicate the specific areas of teaching interest); (2) a curriculum vitae or professional resume identifying relevant experience, and (3) a list of the names, addresses, email and telephone numbers of three current academic or professional references.

An application packet including all the above 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 #12018-22” in the subject line of the email.

Submit materials to:

  • Jeanette Goodwin, Administrative Assistant
  • 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 08/09/12jh Updated 11/27/12>