Montana State University

Non-Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
January 18, 2013

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry - Instructor (Pooled Position)
College of Letters and Science
Chemistry and Biochemistry

Search Number     13-162

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 a 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.

The percent effort of the appointment is variable, and the duration may be a couple of 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 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.


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a broad reach on campus, administering a degree program as well as classes for students in nursing, engineering, physics, biology, pre-med, and other disciplines. At any given time, over 2,000 undergraduates are enrolled in the various classes we offer, with about 135 of those students pursuing one of our three undergraduate major options:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (teaching option)
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Biochemistry option)
  • Our degree program - certified by the American Chemical Society - is diverse and flexible, allowing students to tailor studies to their interests. All coursework is career- and employment-directed, preparing students for diverse careers in industry, teaching, and research.

      Master’s Degree in a relevant field.
      Professional experience in area of teaching responsibility.
    The Successful
    Candidate Will

  • Have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Be able to relate to and establish rapport with a college student population and must be able to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with various constituencies, including students, administrators, co-workers, and instructors.
  • Exercise good judgment and self-motivation and maintain confidentiality of records and information.
    1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
    2.   This position MAY BE a Union position. Union membership is determined by the amount of work being contracted.
      3.   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
      4.   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 addresses the specific area of teaching you are interested in such as Analytical, Physical, Biochemistry, Organic, or General Chemistry and the required qualifications listed in this announcement. Also address preferred qualifications. (2) a curriculum vitae identifying relevant training and professional experience and (3) a list of the names, addresses, email and telephone numbers 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 #13-162” in the subject line of the email.

      Submit materials to:

      • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
      • Montana State University
      • PO Box 173400
      • Bozeman MT 59717-3400
      • (406)994-5376

        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.