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Montana State University Liberal Studies Non-Tenure Track Faculty (Applicant Pool) in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 20051

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Jennifer Storment


Classification Title Instructor

Working Title Liberal Studies Non-Tenure Track Faculty (Applicant Pool)

Brief Position Overview

Montana State University’s Liberal Studies program, located in the College of Letters & Science, provides undergraduate students with a broad, integrated, and interdisciplinary learning experience. The Liberal Studies program seeks pool applications for potential instructors typically for LS 101, LS 301, LS 451, LS 452, and LS 490 (formerly LS 401). These courses are regularly taught in the fall and spring semesters.

Faculty Tenure Track No

Faculty Rank Non-Tenure Track

Position Number 4A6616 (campus hires) or 4A6140 (online program hires)

Department Liberal Studies

Division College of Letters & Science

Appointment Type Non-Tenure Track (Pooled)

Contract Term Semester

Semester Fall or Spring

If other, specify From date

If other, specify End date

Union Affiliation Contact HR for Determination

FTE Varies

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.

The curriculum consists primarily of courses drawn from academic disciplines throughout MSU , but does include Liberal Studies (LS) courses including but not limited to: LS 101 – Ways of Knowing, a three-credit university seminar course; LS 301 – Integrative Seminar, a one to three-credit, junior-level seminar with rotating, instructor-developed topics; and LS 490 – Senior Project, a four-credit, senior-level thesis course. There are also several online-only courses to help support the Online Liberal Studies – Quaternity degree completion program.

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 may 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.

We seek individuals who share the vision for the Liberal Studies program, 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 aim to attract applicants who can teach in a diverse University community and have demonstrated ability in helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed.

Typical instructors will:

  • Design and/or deliver Liberal Studies/ Liberal Studies Online courses, as assigned.

  • If teaching online, complete specialized online training, peer mentor training, and regularly attend online workshops.

  • Assist with curriculum and/or course development, when applicable.

  • Collaborate with other faculty to ensure consistent standards across courses.

  • Participate in faculty meetings when called.

  • Participate in program and university assessment of student learning outcomes.

  • Hold appropriate office hours/ availability for student questions and concerns.

  • Meet & collaborate regularly with, and evaluate peer leaders/ mentors, if one is assigned to your section.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Master’s or Ph.D. degree in field related to humanities, social science, natural science, or fine arts, or a demonstrated equivalent combination of education, experience, and expertise in the aforementioned fields.

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

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Demonstrated experience teaching interdisciplinary courses

  • Demonstrated knowledge of college student development

  • Terminal degree in field related to humanities, social science, natural science, or fine arts.

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

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Have the ability to develop classroom rapport with students, and be skilled in utilizing engaging pedagogy that involves students in the learning process.

  • Mentor and inspire a diverse student body.

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

  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Take initiative, exercise good judgment, and work well independently.

  • Have an appreciation of diverse constituencies and add intellectual diversity to the department.

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

    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

Serving over 200 students, the Liberal Studies program cultivates intellectual and ethical judgment; prepares students for lives of civic engagement, social responsibility and leadership; integrates learning from different sources; develops skills to succeed in an increasingly global and diverse society; and helps students deal effectively with complexity and ambiguity.

The Department

Montana State University’s Liberal Studies program, located within the College of Letters & Science, provides undergraduate students with a broad, integrated and interdisciplinary learning experience. The program fosters connections among academic disciplines and draws on multiple areas of knowledge. Along with a number of related minors, three program options are offered: Quaternity (on-campus and also an online degree completion program option), Environmental Studies, and Global/Multicultural Studies.

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 nearly 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:

Applications will be accepted and screened for the duration of this pool.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will be on a continual basis and will continue until the position(s) are filled. Applicants are retained in the hiring pool for up to two years.

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: .