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Montana State University Assistant Professor in the History of Early America and the Atlantic World in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 22028

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Hunter Hash


Classification Title

Working Title Assistant Professor in the History of Early America and the Atlantic World

Brief Position Overview

The Montana State University Department of History & Philosophy invites applicants for a tenure-track Historian of Early America and the Atlantic World whose work focuses on topics related to Vast Early America. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in their areas or specialization and participate in the department’s growing M.A. and Ph.D. programs and its public history program. All faculty are encouraged to develop new courses that integrate scholarship and teaching, and to take advantage of the university’s many opportunities for interdisciplinary research. Montana State University is a Tier 1 Research university and the teaching load is commensurate with similar departments in other high-productivity research universities. MSU is located in a rapidly growing micropolitan area with rich cultural resources. BIPOC+ applicants are encouraged to apply.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Position Number 4A3056

Department History and Philosophy

Division College of Letters & Science

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Academic Year


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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining


Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type MUS

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. The College of Letters & Science ( CLS ) at Montana State University encourages individuals interested in advancing the University’s Strategic Plan diversity, equity, and inclusion goals to apply. Links to the University Strategic Plan ( ; Office of Diversity and Inclusion ( ; Black, Indigenous, and People of Color ( BIPOC ) Plan ( ; CLS Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion ( ; and CLS newsletter, Diversity Matters are all embedded here for reference. CLS is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in research, teaching, and service/outreach engagement, and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, the College encourages applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds. We recruit, employ, train, and promote regardless of race, gender, sex, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, color, national origin, disability, age, veterans status, and other underrepresented groups. MSU also recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach lower division, upper division, and graduate courses in Vast Early America and the Atlantic World and related subjects commensurate with the candidate’s experience

  • Maintain an active research program leading to books and publications in peer-reviewed journals and other venues

  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students

  • Participate on department, college, and university committees as appropriate

  • Perform other duties as assigned

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Ph.D. in History or related fields by August 15, 2022

  • Demonstrated preparation and expertise (or promise of expertise) in History of Early America and the Atlantic World

  • Demonstrated promise of excellence in both teaching and scholarship

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Demonstrated preparation and expertise (or promise of expertise) in public history (including digital humanities)

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Be able to work productively in a diverse and interdisciplinary department

  • Be an effective advocate for the Department within the university and with external constituencies

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

    Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The Department

The Department of History and Philosophy at Montana State University has a strong record of research, teaching, and service, with a mission to fully integrate all three. The research agendas in the department include the American West, public history, environmental history, U.S. history, science, environment, and technology, Asian studies, philosophy of science, and ethics. The department offers majors and minors in both History and Philosophy, along with several tailored options within History, including History-Teaching and History-Science, Environment, Technology and Society. It also offers a minor in Museum Studies. The Department grants Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in both History and American Studies, and has a strong tradition of working with allied programs and departments, including Native American Studies, geography (Earth Sciences), and English. The Department directs both the Center for Science, Technology, Ethics and Society and the Ivan Doig Center for the Study of Lands & Peoples of the North American West.

The College

The College

The College of Letters and Science ( CLS ), the largest center for learning, teaching and research at Montana State University, offers students an excellent liberal arts and sciences education in nearly 50 majors, 25 minors and over 25 graduate degrees within the four areas of the humanities, natural sciences, mathematical sciences, and social sciences.

Building on the great strength of our traditional disciplines, the college provides exciting opportunities for faculty and students at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary inquiry. CLS is dedicated to supporting student success, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing an atmosphere in which discovery and learning are integrated and valued. CLS is at the confluence of intellectual tradition, discovery, and innovation.

The University

Montana State University, the state’s land-grant institution, has an enrollment of over 17,000 students at its main campus, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. The Graduate College encompasses 61 master’s degrees, 43 doctoral degree options, and 13 certificate options.

As a land-grant institution, MSU is proud to serve a large number of first generation and low-income students, as well as underrepresented groups, with an emphasis on American Indian students.

Montana State University achieves academic excellence by promoting a culture of intellectual and personal growth that is diverse and inclusive. MSU is located on the original homelands of Native peoples and acknowledging this rich history is central to its commitment to learning from the past. MSU prioritizes efforts that create and support diverse working, teaching, learning and research environments and opportunities for the people who make up their community. MSU will continuously promote a culture of intellectual and personal growth for all, attuned to the importance of differences in age, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic status, sex, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability status, religion and spirituality.

The Community

Located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley community of Bozeman, Montana State University offers extensive cultural offerings including the Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman Symphony, Bozeman Intermountain Opera, ballet and theater companies, and numerous art galleries. Bozeman is a small city with big personality. The area attracts artists, photographers, filmmakers, authors, and entrepreneurs who want to work close to nature. The Bozeman area has something for everyone, from the Sweet Pea Arts Festival for art lovers and The Rut mountain race for runners, to Yellowstone National Park’s spectacular wildlife viewing, world-class fly fishing in local rivers, and incredible skiing just 20 minutes from the MSU campus.

Number of Vacancies 1

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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on November 20th and will continue until an adequate pool is established. Please apply online and upload the following materials:

  • Cover letter addressing research and teaching

  • A Response to Required and Preferred Qualifications (online application portal)

  • Curriculum vitae

  • A list of three references and their contact information (letters of recommendation will be requested from candidates who have been shortlisted)

For questions, please contact Hunter Hash, Search Committee coordinator at (406) 994-4395 or

Special Instructions

Required Documents:

  • Cover letter addressing research and teaching

  • A Response to Required and Preferred Qualifications (online application portal)

  • Curriculum vitae

    Diversity Statement

    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

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; ( .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: