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Non-Tenure Track Faculty - Ecology (Applicant Pool)

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Please apply online and upload the following: * Cover Letter addressing the Required and Preferred Qualifications * Curriculum Vitae
Please note: A minimum of 3 professional references are required in your profile when applying for this position.
Unofficial transcripts may be requested at a later date.

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 16026
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Meghan Heim, Academic Coordinator or Jim Barutha, Business Manager
Ecology Department
(406) 994-4548
ecology@montana.edu

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

The Department of Ecology seeks course instructors across the ecological disciplines on an as needed basis, including: Organismal Biology, Conservation, Fish and Wildlife Management, Biological Sciences, Research Methods, Environmental Sciences.

Faculty Tenure Track No
Faculty Rank Non-Tenure Track
Position Number
Department Ecology
Division College of Letters & Science
Appointment Type Non-Tenure Track (Pooled)
Contract Term Other
Semester
If other, specify From date
If other, specify End date
FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Contact HR for Determination
FTE
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

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 must 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

The Department of Ecology seeks course instructors across the ecological disciplines on an as needed basis including:

  1. Organismal Biology
  2. Conservation
  3. Fish and Wildlife Management
  4. Biological Sciences
  5. Research Methods
  6. Environmental Sciences
  7. Freshwater Ecology (emphasizing streams and lakes) – Senior level

To organize the curriculum, prepare and lecture, give examinations, and complete final evaluation and report grades for the course(s) assigned and to schedule 2 hours per week each semester when students may consult with you about the course(s).

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. 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.
  2. Have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with faculty, staff, and students
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Terminal degree in appropriate field.
  2. Previous teaching experience in similar courses.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to relate to and establish rapport with a college student population.
  • Exercise good judgment and self-motivation.
  • Maintain confidentiality of records and information.
  • Possess strong interest in student success.
  • Be committed to quality teaching.
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 environment.

The Program
The Department

The department’s teaching and research addresses critical ecological and natural resources issues for Montana, but also tackles fundamental and applied questions around the globe.

The Department of Ecology provides undergraduate and graduate education and research that advance our understanding of the interactions between living organisms and their environments. This ecological knowledge is critical to the conservation and management of the state’s resources, including fish, wildlife, plants and the ecosystems and landscapes that sustain them. Montana’s natural resources are highly diverse and valuable to the state; thus, our department’s contributions have major impacts on many complex issues.

Undergraduate programs within the department include Fish & Wildlife Management and Ecology, Conservation Biology and Ecology, Organismal Biology, and Biology Teaching. Graduate programs (M.S. and Ph.D.) include Fish & Wildlife Management or Biology and Biological Sciences and an intercollege Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

The College

The College of Letters and Science, 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.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies Pooled Position
Desired Start Date August 17, 2015
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:

  • Cover Letter addressing the Required and Preferred Qualifications
  • Curriculum Vitae


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


Unofficial transcripts may be requested at a later date.

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

Supplemental Questions

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