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Non-Tenure Track Faculty (Pooled) Position - University Studies

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Screening of applications will be ongoing and continue until an adequate pool is established.
Please note: A minimum of 3 professional references are required in your profile when applying for this position.
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter indicating the course(s) you would like to be considered for
  2. Resume OR Curriculum Vita

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 15147
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Margaret Konkel, seminar@montana.edu, 406-994-3532

Classification Title Instructor
Working Title Non-Tenure Track Faculty (Pooled) Position - University Studies
Brief Position Overview

The University Studies program seeks instructors to teach the following classes depending upon need and available funding.

  • US 101US First-Year Seminar
  • US 121US Education, Social Issues and the Digital Age (a fully online US core seminar)
Faculty Tenure Track No
Faculty Rank Non-Tenure Track
Position Number 4A6460
Department University Studies
Division University College
Appointment Type Non-Tenure Track (Pooled)
Contract Term Semester
Semester Fall
If other, specify From date
If other, specify End date
FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 0.20
Benefits Eligible Depends on HR (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

Instructors are needed to teach the following classes depending upon need and available funding.

  • US 101US First-Year Seminar
  • US 121US Education, Social Issues and the Digital Age (a fully online US core seminar)


Montana State University seeks qualified individuals to provide non-tenurable level instruction and/or related functions. Applications are accepted on a continual basis (unless otherwise indicated) and will be maintained in pool for two years. After two years, candidates need 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.


Responsibilities may include: 1) Teaching on-campus or online courses, 2) Advising, evaluating and assisting students and/or 3) Curriculum and/or course development.


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
  • Teaching on-campus or online courses.
  • Advising, evaluating and assisting students.
  • Participating in weekly faculty meetings.
  • Meeting regularly with, collaborating with, and evaluating peer leader, if one is assigned to your section.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Master’s Degree in a relevant field.
  2. Prior experience working with college students, particularly freshmen.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Prior teaching experience directly related to the position for which you are applying
  2. Demonstrated experience teaching interdisciplinary courses
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of college student development
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Have the ability to relate to freshmen and to develop classroom rapport with students
  • Have the ability to work effectively with diverse student populations
  • Have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with faculty and staff
  • Be committed to working with student peer leaders to promote Seminar goals
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Possess a commitment to general education, liberal arts, and the development of the student as a whole person
  • Be skilled in utilizing engaging pedagogy that involves students in the learning process
  • Take initiative and work well independently
  • Possess the ability to learn material quickly
  • Possess the ability to adapt to changing environments
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
Physical Demands

Normal classroom environment.

The Program

Courses with University Seminar (US) core designation are primarily intended for first-year students throughout all curricula to provide a platform for collegiate level discourse. Activities that hone written and oral communication skills are universally incorporated, but themes represented in individual US core courses vary considerably to reflect the department or program from which the course originates. All US core courses are small in size and rely heavily on seminar-style teaching where course content is delivered by discussion and interaction rather than by lecture. This learning environment promotes vibrant interactions between first-year students, a faculty member, and in many courses, a more experienced student fellow or peer leader. US core courses provide a venue where students can enjoy rigorous academic discussions that promote critical thinking, learning, and understanding in a supportive and truly collegiate manner.


Through completion of the US Core students will: 1) Demonstrate critical thinking abilities; 2) Prepare and deliver an effective oral presentation; and 3) Demonstrate analytical, critical, and creative thinking in written communication. University Studies offers the following US core designated seminars:


US 101US: First Year Seminar is a multi-disciplinary course, presented in seminar format, drawing from the disciplines of psychology, sociology, history, and philosophy and encourages students to explore issues critical to their academic goals and objectives. The course emphasizes verbal communication, critical thinking, intellectual development, and academic choices.


US 121US: ED, SOC, Issues, Digital Ageis a multi-disciplinary course, delivered in an online seminar format, drawing from psychology, sociology, history, and philosophy and asks students to consider the role of education in their lives and the social responsibilities of educated, engaged individuals living in the digital age. The course emphasizes critical thinking, communication and support of ideas, and intellectual development.


These courses fulfill the university seminar requirement of the core curriculum and are assessed annually to adhere to MSU’s University Seminar Core objectives.

The Department

University Studies is the academic program of choice for the 20% of first-year students who choose to explore the many degrees and majors offered at MSU prior to declaring. University Studies also works with continuing students who are transitioning between majors. At University Studies, we offer complete academic advising for our own majors as well as students in the Pre-Med option and students in transition. We also teach approximately 45 sections of US 101— the University Studies First-Year Seminar— a foundational component of MSU’s CORE 2.0.One of the objectives of University Studies is to contribute to a successful first year for MSU undergraduates. Through professional academic advising and high-quality seminar instruction, we help students understand the possibilities and responsibilities of the academic experience through an exploration of their interests and goals and the development of intellectual knowledge and skills.

The College

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies Multiple positions
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:
Special Instructions

Screening of applications will be ongoing and continue until an adequate pool is established.


Please note: A minimum of 3 professional references are required in your profile when applying for this position.


Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter indicating the course(s) you would like to be considered for
  2. Resume OR Curriculum Vita

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. 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. To request an accommodation, contact the Office of Human Resources, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; hrpp_forms@montana.edu.
MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: www2.montana.edu/policy/affirmative_action/.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume OR Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please indicate your highest level of education.
    • High School Diploma/GED
    • Associate's Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • PHD
  2. * Explain your prior experience working with college students, particularly freshmen.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Explain your prior teaching experience directly related to the position for which you are applying.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Explain your demonstrated experience teaching interdisciplinary courses.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Explain your demonstrated knowledge of college student development.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please explain any additional ways you meet the qualifications of a Successful Candidate.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. Please indicate which class you would like to be considered for: US 101US First-Year Seminar or US 121US Education, Social Issues and the Digital Age (a fully online US core seminar).

    (Open Ended Question)