Montana State University

Non-Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
March 6, 2013

Updated Information on 7/16/14

HONR 201, 202, and/or 301, Texts and Critics Instructor (Pooled Position)
Honors College

Search Number     13-228
Appointment By semester or academic year

Dependent on number of courses taught and duration


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.

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 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 Honors College at Montana State University provides opportunities for academically motivated students to study, conduct research, and exchange ideas in a challenging and supportive academic environment. In addition to learning from outstanding faculty members, Honors students may attend special Honors seminars, take interdisciplinary Honors courses, and engage in independent study and research opportunities.

In the fall our theme for HONR 201, “Texts and Critics” is “Knowledge”, and in the spring, HONR 202, it is “Imagination”. Individual sections of “T&C” meet at a variety of times. Each Faculty Fellow co-facilitates with an upper-division Student Fellow who has previously taken the course. Class size is limited to 15 students, and discussions center on a variety of outstanding texts. Fellows who have taught “Texts and Critics” found the experience a refreshing change of pace and personally rewarding.

Duties and

Teaching highly motivated students in a dynamic interdisciplinary arena as a Faculty Fellow in our “Texts and Critics” seminar for either fall 2014 through spring 2015. All fellows are required to attend a staff meeting each Monday from 12:00 noon – 1pm to discuss the texts. Fellows are also expected to maintain office hours to meet with students and to be available for presentation/activities outside of regularly scheduled class times.

1.   Demonstrated and effective teaching experience
2.   Master’s Degree in a relevant field combined with either college teaching experience and/or professional experience
1.   Doctoral degree or equivalent experience in an appropriate field of instruction or professional activity as determined by the department.
The Successful
Candidate Will

Have the ability to relate to and establish rapport with a highly motivated student population and work effectively with diverse populations.

Have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with faculty, staff and students.

Display an aptitude for problem solving and facilitating the work of others.

1.   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 addresses the required qualifications listed in this announcement. Address preferred qualifications if listed. NOTE: Please indicate the position for which you are applying and be specific. (ex: Instructor, Technology Education; Instructor, Educational Leadership; Adult Education, etc.); (2) a curriculum vitae identifying area of interest 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 #13-228” in the subject line of the email.

    Submit materials to:

    • Angie Wasia
    • Honors College Coordinator
    • Honors College
    • Montana State University
    • PO Box 172140
    • Bozeman MT 59717-2140
    • (406)994-4110

      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.

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