Montana State University

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement

Department Head (Missoula Campus Director)
College of Nursing

Search Number     13-327
Start Date Upon completion of search
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) tenure track or non-tenure track, academic year appt; academic rank negotiable

Dependent upon experience and qualifications.

Benefits Eligible

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.

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


The Montana State University College of Nursing offers a baccalaureate degree, an accelerated second degree option, and master’s and doctoral (DNP) graduate degrees in nursing. We provide our single undergraduate curriculum in five locations across the state (Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Missoula, and Kalispell – a satellite of the Missoula campus) to better serve the needs of our students and the state health care system. The graduate degree program is largely distance delivered and offers curriculum options including: Clinical Nurse Leader (MN) and DNP (Nurse Practitioner: Family/Individual or Psychiatric/Mental Health). A Certificate in Nursing Education is also offered. The College of Nursing offers a research supportive environment in which tenure track faculty focus on projects of relevance to health care in rural and isolated areas. The College has been recognized nationally for its work in rural nursing practice, theory development and research, and the preparation of health care providers to serve rural areas. The Caring for Our Own Program (CO-OP), a project to recruit and retain American Indian students into nursing, is a national model for such work.

Duties and

The Campus Director is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the local campus faculty, staff, students, as well as all College of Nursing equipment and leased facilities/space associated with that campus. The Campus Director is directly responsible to the Dean and works in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, and the Director of Administration and Finance. The appointment as Campus Director is for three years and is renewable.

A complete position description can be found at: Desc Campus Director.pdf.

1.   License or ability to become licensed as a registered nurse in Montana.
2.   An earned doctorate from an accredited program in nursing or in a related field.
3.   At least one graduate degree in nursing.
4.   Experience as a nurse educator in a collegiate or university setting.
5.   Demonstrated strong oral and written skills necessary to communicate with diverse audiences using various media.
1.   Management or leadership experience in nursing education.
2.   A demonstrated record of success in academic administration including budgetary, fiscal, and personnel management.
3.   A record of successful engagement in community or public relations activities.
4.   A demonstrated ability to motivate and manage faculty, staff, and students.
5.   A demonstrated record of research or research support.
6.   Evidence of successful collaboration in interdisciplinary teams and participation in a unit of diverse scholars.
7.   Experience with multiple sites and/or distance delivery of education.
The Successful
Candidate Will

Have a commitment to educate students, create knowledge, and serve communities by integrating learning, discovery, and engagement; demonstrate a commitment to collaborative decision-making and increasing the role of under-represented groups in nursing; demonstrate an ability to establish effective working relationships with faculty, staff, and administrators in the College and diverse constituents external to the College, and the ability to work collaboratively to develop a vision for the future of nursing education and research.

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
  • 3.   
  • 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 applications will continue until the position is filled.


    To apply, submit the following:

    • (1) a letter of application addressing all of 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 #13-327" in the subject line of the email.

      • Submit materials to:

      • Kay LaFrence
      • Assistant to the Dean
      • Montana State University College of Nursing
      • 116 Sherrick Hall
      • P.O. Box 173560
      • Bozeman, MT 59717-3560
      • (406)994-3784

        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 05/28/13krm