Montana State University

Non-Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
***UPDATED May 6, 2015***

Nursing Instructor or Assistant Teaching Professor - Undergraduate Prgm (Pooled Position)
College of Nursing

Search Number     1210-22

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 can be full or part time and vary in duration from a semester to an academic year, depending on the specific needs of the particular campus. Salary is dependent on experience, number of courses taught, and duration of appointment.

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

Overview The Montana State University College of Nursing offers baccalaureate and master’s degrees in Nursing. We are very proud of both the academic programs and vibrant educational community that we have developed. Specifically, we value our student-friendly environment, outstanding faculty and the resulting success of our students. We provide our single undergraduate curriculum in five locations across the state as well as a predominantly distance-delivered graduate program to better serve the needs of our students and the state health care system. If you are interested in teaching nursing we encourage you to apply.

Current campus requirements include:

  • Billings - Faculty for the theory/lecture and practice/clinical components of teaching in Medical/Surgical, and Pediatric Nursing courses.
  • Bozeman - Faculty for the theory/lecture and practice/clinical components of teaching in Nursing Foundations, Psychiatric Nursing, Medical/Surgical, and Pediatric Nursing courses.
  • Great Falls - Faculty for the theory/lecture and practice/clinical components of teaching Medical/Surgical, Leadership/Management, and Psychiatric Nursing courses.
  • Missoula - Faculty for the theory/lecture and practice/clinical components of teaching in Psychiatric Nursing courses.
Duties and
  • Non tenure track faculty members of the College of Nursing are expected to be engaged in teaching and service or outreach. Each faculty member's relative emphasis on teaching and service is individually determined to serve the mission and responsibilities of the college and campus and to best utilize the strengths and interests of that faculty member, while recognizing the available resources of the College. Faculty members are expected to maintain a continuous program of professional development that includes attendance and participation at professional meetings and keeping current with the literature in their discipline.
  • The College's four-campus system may require faculty members to travel among the four campuses for faculty meetings. Faculty members must also travel to clinical agencies where teaching or service occurs. Full time faculty are required to travel to Bozeman at least two times per year for college wide, general faculty meetings.
  • Each faculty member must meet and abide by all requirements for the practice of professional nursing for the State of Montana as set forth by the State Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations. In addition, faculty members are governed by University and College of Nursing policies and procedures, general professional nursing standards, and the specific requirements of clinical agencies in which they conduct teaching, research or service activities.
  • While functioning in the teaching role in clinical agencies, the faculty member must meet all health standards set forth by that particular agency and, at a minimum, meet communicable disease control standards set forth in the College’s Policy & Procedure Manual.
  • Represents both the College of Nursing and the University and, thus, must act in a manner which reflects positively on the College and the University.
  1. License to practice Nursing in Montana.
  2. Masters degree in Nursing.
  3. Successful work experience in nursing – preference for experience relevant to Current campus requirements, as above.
  4. Demonstrated clinical competence in the area of teaching interest.
  5. Demonstrated ability working in a collegial team environment.
  6. Demonstrated experience effectively using information technology to prepare and present instructional materials.
  1. Experience teaching college and/or adult learners.
  2. Use of technology beyond basic computer skills.
  3. Use of simulation technology for teaching-learning.
The Successful
Candidate Will
The Successful Candidate Will:
  • demonstrate a commitment to nursing education;
  • have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with faculty, staff, and clinical agency partners to support student success;
  • possess excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • demonstrate innovative teaching ability;
  • work effectively with diverse populations;
  • balance independent work and team-oriented work;
  • work productively in a team-oriented environment;
  • maintain confidentiality of student and patient records and information.
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.
Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is hired.
To apply, submit the following:

  • (1) a letter of application addressing 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 "Applicant - Search #1210-22" in the subject line of the email.

  • Please submit application materials to the Campus Director in the geographic area you would like to work:

  • Susan Ahrens, Billings Campus Director
  • MSU College of Nursing
  • Campus Box 574
  • Billings, MT 59701

  • Jane Scharff, Bozeman Campus Director
  • MSU College of Nursing
  • PO Box 173560
  • Bozeman MT 59717
  • (406) 994-2833

  • Susan Raph, Great Falls Campus Director
  • MSU College of Nursing
  • 400 15th Ave. South, Suite 106
  • Great Falls, MT 59405
  • (406) 771-4441

  • Charlene Winters, Missoula Interim Campus Director
  • MSU College of Nursing
  • 32 Campus Drive, #7416
  • Missoula MT 59812
  • (406) 243-4608

    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.