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Montana State University CLS Seminar Non-Tenure Track Faculty (Applicant Pool) in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 20052

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Jennifer Storment


Classification Title Instructor

Working Title CLS Seminar Non-Tenure Track Faculty (Applicant Pool)

Brief Position Overview

The College of Letters and Sciences CLS Seminar Program is now accepting applications from those with demonstrated and effective teaching experience, to serve as teaching faculty in our CLS courses. Successful candidates will enjoy faciliating discussion on a variety of texts and topics and can exemplify expert learning in an exciting, multi-disciplinary seminar.

Faculty Tenure Track No

Faculty Rank Non-Tenure Track

Position Number 4A6467

Department CLS Seminar

Division College of Letters & Science

Appointment Type Non-Tenure Track (Pooled)

Contract Term Other

Semester Fall or Spring

If other, specify From date

If other, specify End date

Union Affiliation Contact HR for Determination

FTE Varies - dependent upon number of courses taught

Benefits Eligible Depends on FTE (please contact Human Resources - 406-994-3651)

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type LOA

If other, please specify

Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

Montana State University seeks qualified individuals to provide non-tenurable level instruction and/or related functions. Instructors are needed to teach classes depending upon need and available funding.

Applications are accepted on a continual basis (unless otherwise indicated) and will be maintained in pool for two years. After two years, candidates will be notified 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.

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.

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.

Duties and Responsibilities

We hope to attract applicants who can teach in a diverse University community and have demonstrated ability in helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Leading a seminar course of approximately 15-18 students.

  • Attending CLS faculty meetings once per week, usually on Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays around noon, to discuss the texts and teaching pedagogy and classroom concerns as they arise.

  • Working with student mentors and their corresponding program when applicable, such as with the Sophomore Surge mentoring program, or having a CLS peer mentor regularly attending and helping co-facilitate class. This may include some supervisory duties, regularly meeting outside of class, allowing mentors time to make brief announcements within the class, and the assigning of a grade, depending on the role of this mentor.

  • Holding regular and as needed office hours.

  • Occasionally meeting with students outside of the normally scheduled class.

  • Participating in program and university assessment. This may include submitting requested assignments to be assessed and may also include setting time aside to assess assignments.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in the appropriate field with academic background commensurate with teaching one or more of the specialty areas listed above.

  • Demonstrated experience working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues within and outside a program.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Academic/professional experience.

  • Demonstrated experience teaching interdisciplinary courses.

  • Demonstrated commitment to student, faculty, and staff diversity.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Have the ability to relate to, mentor, and inspire students and to develop classroom rapport with a diverse student body.

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

  • Be committed to quality teaching and skilled in utilizing engaging pedagogy that involves students in the learning process.

  • Take initiative and work well both independently and in a group setting.

  • Dedication to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity and inclusiveness.

  • Maintain confidentiality of records and information.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

The position for which you have applied MAY BE a Union position. Union affiliation is determined by job duties and the collective bargaining unit.

  • Non-Tenure Track Faculty – Any position that is .5 FTE or more is represented by the Associated Faculty of Montana State University ( AFMSU ). Faculty covered by AFMSU may choose to pay membership dues. This is a condition of employment. Additional information can be found at AFMSU ( or by emailing AFSMU ( .

  • Any position less than .5 FTE is not represented by the Union and is not required to pay dues.

  • If the FTE changes during employment, the representational status of this position could be impacted.

  • Exceptions: Anyone having successfully completed a PEI exam or any faculty working in Extension are exempt from the Union

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

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

This program is different from nearly any other course students are likely to take at MSU . It incorporates small class sizes, approaches the subject matter from multi-disciplinary perspectives, and it gives students an opportunity to work closely with a faculty member, mentor if applicable, and other students. The course is designed to engage students in university life and college-level learning through reading, thinking, and engaged dialogue.

The Department

The College of Letters and Science’s Knowledge and Community Seminar puts emphasis on expanding intellectual interests, improving students thinking and communication skills, and stimulating conversation in a community of learners.

The College

The College of Letters and Science (L&S), the largest center for learning, teaching and research at Montana State University, offers students an excellent liberal arts and sciences education in over 50 majors, 25 minors and over 25 graduate degrees within the four areas of the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics 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. L&S is dedicated to supporting student success, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing an atmosphere in which discovery and learning are integrated and valued. L&S is at the confluence of intellectual tradition, discovery, and innovation.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies Multiple Positions

Desired Start Date 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.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Review of applications will be on a continual basis and will continue until the position(s) are filled.

Special Instructions

Please apply online and upload the following:

  • Cover Letter addressing the Required and Preferred Qualifications

  • Resume or 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 dual career couples ( .

    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 race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. 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: .