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Honors College HONR 201 and 202 Texts and Critics Instructor (Applicant Pool)

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Please apply online and upload the following: * Cover Letter indicating the position for which you are applying and be specific. (ex: Instructor, Technology Education; Instructor, Educational Leadership; Adult Education, etc.) * Curriculum Vitae
Please note: A minimum of 3 professional references are required in your profile when applying for this position.

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 16028
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dawn Major at (406)994-4110 or honors@montana.edu.

Classification Title
Working Title Honors College HONR 201 and 202 Texts and Critics Instructor (Applicant Pool)
Brief Position Overview

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.

Faculty Tenure Track No
Faculty Rank Non-Tenure Track
Position Number
Department Honors College
Division Honors College
Appointment Type Non-Tenure Track (Pooled)
Contract Term Academic Year
Semester
If other, specify From date
If other, specify End date
FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Contact HR for Determination
FTE Varies
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 a pool for two years.

After two years, candidates need to re-submit materials for continued consideration.

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.

Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Teaching on-campus courses.
  2. Advising, evaluating and assisting students.
  3. Participation in, and attendance of special events as part of the HONR 201/202 curriculum.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Demonstrated and effective teaching experience
  2. Master’s Degree in a relevant field combined with either college teaching experience and/or professional experience
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

Doctoral degree or equivalent experience in an appropriate field of instruction or professional activity as determined by the department.

The Successful Candidate Will
  1. Have the ability to relate to and establish rapport with a highly motivated student population and work effectively with diverse populations.
  2. Have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with faculty, staff and students.
  3. Display an aptitude for problem solving and facilitating the work of others.
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 Honors College at Montana State University provides opportunities for academically motivated students to study, conduct research, and exchange ideas in a challenging and supportive academic environment. In addition to learning from outstanding faculty members, Honors students may attend special Honors seminars, take interdisciplinary Honors courses, and engage in independent study and research opportunities.

In the fall our theme for HONR 201, “Texts and Critics” is “Knowledge”, and in the spring, HONR 202, it is “Imagination”. Individual sections of “T&C” meet at a variety of times. Each Faculty Fellow co-facilitates with an upper-division Student Fellow who has previously taken the course. Class size is limited to 15 students, and discussions center on a variety of outstanding texts. Fellows who have taught “Texts and Critics” found the experience a refreshing change of pace and personally rewarding.

The Department

The Honors College at Montana State University provides opportunities for students to study, conduct research, and exchange ideas in a challenging and supportive interdisciplinary academic environment. In addition to taking small enrollment classes with outstanding faculty members, honors students may enroll in honors seminars and courses, and engage in independent study and research opportunities. The Honors College currently enrolls 1,252 students representing all the academic colleges at MSU. Honors students have brought great distinction to Montana State University, by serving as ambassadors, tutors, organization leaders, agents of outreach and service; by gaining admittance to the nation’s top graduate schools (Yale, MIT, Stanford, Harvard etc.); and by winning major scholarships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman and Goldwater Awards (MSU is among the top ranked institutions in the U.S. with regard to number of Goldwater Scholars with 64 awards).

The College

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 14,000 students, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The local airport is served by seven national airlines with over twenty flights a day to nine cities.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Powder Magazine identified Bozeman, with “three distinctly different” major ski resorts within an hour’s drive, as the number one place to live and ski in its November 2010 Magazine. Bizjournals.com ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns – small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America’s most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies Pooled Position
Desired Start Date TBD
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 indicating the position for which you are applying and be specific. (ex: Instructor, Technology Education; Instructor, Educational Leadership; Adult Education, etc.)
  • Curriculum Vitae


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

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; recruitment@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
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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