Montana State University

Non-Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
February 28, 2014

Department of Sociology and Anthropology - Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
College of Letters and Science
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Search Number     14-306
Start Date August 16, 2014 or upon successful completion of search process
Appointment Part-time (0.6 FTE) non-tenure track, academic year appointment (August 16, 2014 - May 15, 2015)

Negotiable, depending upon experience, education, and qualifications

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University seeks qualified individuals to provide non tenurable level instruction and/or related functions.

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 nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 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 Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the 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. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." 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 Sociology and Anthropology draws on the expertise and commitment of its research-active faculty to provide excellent undergraduate educational experiences to majors, minors, and the broader university. The unifying theme of the department is the study of societies - past and present - framed within the tradition of the liberal arts. Within Anthropology, faculty have research foci on gender and sexuality, social movements, social change, hunter-gatherers, and ethnoarchaeology within diverse geographic locations including Japan, the Pacific Islands, Southern Africa, Southwestern Asia, and the American Plains and the Rocky Mountains. Our curriculum emphasizes disciplinary knowledge as well as skills that include critical thinking, critical and active reading, research, analysis, synthesis, and written and oral communication. Majors develop a firm foundation in anthropology, and all majors engage in independent research projects. The department balances its teaching and research programs, and wherever possible, integrates the two.

Duties and

The Department seeks an experienced instructor qualified to teach a 4-field Introductory Anthropology course and a combined Social/Cultural Anthropology and Introductory Anthropological Linguistics course. Other areas of theoretical and ethnographic expertise are open. The successful candidate will teach three undergraduate course per semester, and the total number of unique course preparations will be 3-5. In addition, the candidate is expected to participate in the advising of undergraduate majors.

1.   Ph.D (or defense completion by Dec 2014) in Anthropology with an emphasis in Social and Cultural Anthropology or field research-grounded Anthropological Linguistics.
2.   Independent college-level teaching experience.
3.   Ability to teach a 4-field Introductory Anthropology course and a combined Socio-Cultural/Linguistics class at the 200-level.
1.   Ph.D in Anthropology.
2.   Ability to teach courses in an ethnographic region, social movements, or in the anthropology of gender.
The Successful
Candidate Will

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

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.
  • 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 applications will begin on March 20, 2014 and will continue until an adequate pool is established.


To apply, submit: (1) a letter of application that addresses how your training, expertise and experience fulfill the required and preferred qualifications listed in this announcement, (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 "Anthropology VAP Application - Search #14-306” in the subject line of the email.

Submit materials to:

  • Dr. Laurence M. Carucci
  • Anthropology Visiting Assistant Professor Search Committee
  • Department of Sociology & Anthropology
  • Montana State University
  • PO Box 172380
  • Bozeman MT 59717-2380
  • (406)994-7195

    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.