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English Non-Tenure Track Faculty (Applicant Pool)

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Please apply online and upload the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter addressing the Required and Preferred Qualifications
  • The List of Three (3) Professional References – their names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses.
  • Please note:Three (3) professional references are required upon applying for the position. They must be included in your profile/application.

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 15173
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

english@montana.edu

Classification Title Instructor
Working Title English Non-Tenure Track Faculty (Applicant Pool)
Brief Position Overview

The MSU English Department maintains a pool of non-tenure-track applicants for consideration as potential instructors in writing and literature courses.

Faculty Tenure Track No
Faculty Rank Instructor
Position Number 4A6144
Department English
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
FLSA Non-Exempt
Union Affiliation Contact HR for Determination
FTE Dependent on number of courses taught and duration.
Benefits Eligible Depends on HR (please contact Human Resources - 406-994-3651)
Salary Salary is dependent on number of courses taught
Contract Type LOA
If other, please specify
Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The MSU English Department maintains a pool of non-tenure-track applicants for consideration as potential instructors in writing and literature courses.

Duties and Responsibilities

Typically, instructors teach WRIT 101: College Writing I, WRIT 201: College Writing II, or WRIT 221: Technical Writing. Rarely, instructors teach LIT 110: Introduction to Literature.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. A master’s degree in English or closely-related field.
  2. For WRIT 101, 201, and 221, experience teaching college composition.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. For Literature courses, experience teaching composition or literature at the college or university level.
  2. For WRIT 101 and WRIT 201, familiarity with and willingness to incorporate “writing about writing” pedagogies.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Demonstrate a commitment to teaching toward program-wide student learning outcomes applicable to the courses they are assigned to teach.
  • Possess a willingness to participate in faculty development activities in support of best-practice based instruction.
  • Maintain confidentiality of records and information.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

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 AFMSU.org.

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.

Physical Demands

Normal classroom and office environment.

The Program
The Department

The English curriculum at Montana State University is a rich and challenging program taught by faculty who are highly qualified as scholars and teachers of literature, writing, and language, as well as winners of many awards for teaching excellence and scholarly achievement.


Students in English are expected to become skilled readers and writers through the study of language and literature. The program encourages students in the pleasures of rigorous, thoughtful reading, writing, and thinking. Students will gain knowledge of literature from various cultures and eras, especially British and American literature, both canonical and emergent; demonstrate an understanding of critical approaches to the study of literature; and become aware of the relationship between culture and literary studies. Students in the teaching option in addition will learn about methods of teaching English and give promise of excellence in secondary teaching.


As a strong pre-professional major, English prepares students for entry into a number of graduate fields, including English, law, and library science, as well as for careers in teaching, journalism, public relations, management, and technical or professional writing.

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 Pooled Position
Desired Start Date
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. Applicants will be notified if their application is being retained in the hiring pool for up to two years.

Special Instructions

Please apply online and upload the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter addressing the Required and Preferred Qualifications
  • The List of Three (3) Professional References – their names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses.
  • Please note:Three (3) professional references are required upon applying for the position. They must be included in your profile/application.

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. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).