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Instructors (Pooled Position)

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Review of applications will continue until the pooled position(s) are filled. Applicants will be notified if their application status for the hiring pool for the two year period. Documents required:
  • A letter of application that describes your experience and interest in teaching in the Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship, (NOTE: Please indicate the specific areas of teaching interest);
  • A curriculum vitae or professional resume identifying relevant experience, and
  • A list of the three current academic or professional references (please list in the Professional References section of the online application).

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 15170
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Tia Brown at 406-994-4333 or

Classification Title
Working Title Instructors (Pooled Position)
Brief Position Overview

The Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship offers a Bachelor of Science in Business, with options in Accounting, Finance, Management, and Marketing, and a Master of Professional Accountancy. In order to accomplish its mission, a significant portion of the faculty should have professional experience to teach “real-world” applications of theory, model professional thinking, and serve as mentors in support of the students’ professional development. Consequently, the College seeks business professionals to serve as instructors. Individuals with expertise in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, as well as specific sub-disciplines such as Tax, Business Strategy, Digital Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Production Operations, and Law may be needed depending upon current staff and enrollments.

Faculty Tenure Track No
Faculty Rank Non Tenure Track
Position Number 4A6471
Department Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship
Division College of Business
Appointment Type Non-Tenure Track (Pooled)
Contract Term Academic Year
If other, specify From date
If other, specify End date
FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Contact HR for Determination
FTE Dependent on number of work load units assigned and duration of contract
Benefits Eligible Depends on FTE (please contact Human Resources - 406-994-3651)
Salary Salary is dependent on number of work load units assigned and duration of contract
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 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 work load units assigned and duration of contract.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Teaching on-campus,
  • Advising, evaluating and assisting students and/or
  • 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.

As a non-tenurable employee, you may be eligible for benefits as outlined in the policies of Montana State University, the Montana University System and the Associate Faculty Of Montana State
University (Non Tenure Track Faculty) Collective Bargaining Agreement at or by emailing

Duties and Responsibilities

Varies according to needs of the school and the specific areas of instruction.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  • Master’s Degree or a Bachelor’s Degree and professional certification in a relevant field.
  • Professional experience in area of teaching responsibility.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  • Significant, long-term direct professional experience with successful deployment and execution of business processes and substantial insight into the theoretical frameworks of the field or discipline of teaching responsibility.
  • Currency in area of teaching responsibility.
  • Previous Teaching Experience.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Be able to work closely with other faculty in a collegial environment and contribute to the academic mission of the school.
  • Work effectively with students from different backgrounds and levels of experience.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

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 or by emailing

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
The Program

Welcome to the Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship at Montana State University! We have many exciting things happening here in Bozeman. In October, 2011, the College was honored to be the recipient of a transformational $25 million gift from MSU alumnus Jake Jabs. We have used the bulk of that gift to break ground on a new business building, Jabs Hall, this spring. We will use the balance of the gift for student scholarships and new academic programs, focusing in particular on entrepreneurship, professional skills development, and interdisciplinary programs with other departments and colleges at MSU.

The strength of our college is our commitment to high quality education, which we accomplish through a great mix of faculty members who are currently or recently engaged in the practice of what they teach, and faculty members who completed their doctoral studies at the best Ph.D. programs in the country and conduct leading-edge research in their fields. This, along with our curriculum that includes many opportunities for “experiential learning” such as internships and consulting projects with local organizations, provide our students with the best in classroom and real-world learning. The recent gift from Mr. Jabs will greatly enhance these already successful efforts.

We enhance the long-term career success of our students by offering professional career coaching and individualized help with the critical communication skills valued by employers. Evidence of the quality of our programs can be seen in the performance of our seniors, who consistently score above the 90th percentile on the Major Field Test in Business. Also, our accounting graduate students regularly achieve a first-time CPA pass rate that ranks among the highest in the nation. Additionally, our Alderson Program in Entrepreneurship has been highly ranked by Entrepreneur magazine.

The Department
The College


The mission of the Center for Entrepreneurship is to help Montana businesses flourish by connecting them to Montana State University students and resources. The center incorporates hands-on experiential education by pairing students with start-up or growth technology companies and serves as a connection to businesses and organizations throughout Montana.

Student Consulting Projects
In BMGT 463, The Entrepreneurial Experience and BMGT 475, The Management Experience, students provide pro bono consulting to businesses and non-profit organizations every semester, including clients such as RightNow Technologies, Yellowstone Bees, and the Ellen Theater. Projects for these clients include market assessments, creating promotional materials, writing employee handbooks, and assessing the feasibility of new technologies. Students gain valuable, real-life experience working with start-up companies, while entrepreneurs gain valuable consulting for their businesses. Since 2002, when the Center was founded, 525 MSU business students have provided more than 17,500 hours of pro bono consulting to 170 clients, which resulted in more than 400 new jobs in these companies.

Alderson Minor in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Each year approximately 50 students graduate with the Alderson Minor in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. The Center for Entrepreneurship recently added two new elective classes to the 30-credit minor—Community and Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Business Practices—to round out this solid offering of entrepreneurship courses. The minor is open to students across campus.

Benefits to MSU Research Faculty
The Center for Entrepreneurship facilitates in helping to commercialize science that exists on campus. Research faculty in agriculture, bio-agriculture, plant-science, chemistry, engineering, and biology hold literally dozens of patents that have high commercialization value. The activities of the center will provide interaction between scientists, students and business practitioners that can help bring this science to market.

National Recognition
The center has been recognized with generous grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Department of Labor totaling $450,000. The center received $25,000 from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) (now known as VentureWell) in 2009, and has also received grants from the Kauffman and Coleman Foundations.

The Alderson Program and the Center for Entrepreneurship were named by the SBA Office of Advocacy as an Economic Development Best Practices Program national finalist in 2005. The center was also a Finalist for EDA’s 2007 Excellence in Economic Development Award.

Future of the Center for Entrepreneurship
Thanks to the recent $3 million gift from Jake Jabs, the Center has permanent funding for a variety of new programs and services. Our Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, brings in experienced entrepreneurs to spend a week with students and faculty. In addition, the Family Business Day On the Road program will expand next summer to bring business skills to 11 communities across Montana. The center will also provide funding for student and faculty Entrepreneurship Fellows and other opportunities in entrepreneurship. Stay tuned for more exciting news.


The Alderson Program in Entrepreneurship offers students unique developmental experiences. The course work in the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Minor is integrated with research assignments in the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship, now housed in Reid Hall on the third floor. Students provide research assistance to clients and MSU Scientists who are interested in the commercial potential of their science. Outside the College and its formal curriculum, outreach programs create a forum for various entrepreneurial groups and act as a catalyst for developing and strengthening businesses.

Jim Alderson (‘69), and his wife, Connie gave a generous gift to the Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship’s entrepreneur program, putting funding for it on par with some of the most prestigious programs in the country. Alderson is widely known for blowing the whistle on healthcare fraud, helping the government recover $1.7 billion. When asked why he has decided to give such a substantial gift to the College, Alderson said, “Number one, my experience in whistleblowing taught me what a good education I had at MSU and it prepared me to compete at any level. I want to see that expanded. Equally as important, I think that entrepreneurism is the answer to Montana’s economic problems.”


The Bracken Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Business Education, established through a generous gift in the name of Gary K. Bracken, Class of ’61 by his family and friends. This is an exciting time in the Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship at Montana State University – Bozeman. The endowment for The Center represents an extraordinary occasion to enhance the supportive structure for undergraduate student learning and advancement. The resources now available through The Bracken Center are particularly significant in light of the many business programs whose attention and assets illuminate primarily graduate programs.

At present, the objectives for The Bracken Center focus on the expansion of opportunities for internships and business professionalization for students, on the enhancement of faculty development initiatives which facilitate excellence in pedagogy, and on provision of resources for the maintenance of a contemporary curriculum.

The Bracken Center has state-of-the-art technology used in the support of student learning. Videoconferencing, interactive whiteboards, specialized business databases, and multi-media presentation equipment are available to students as they engage in coursework, service learning, and professionalization. In cooperation with our industry partners and MSU Career, Internship & Student Employment Services, The Bracken Center provides career mentoring services and skill building opportunities. The Bracken Business Communication Center provides one-on-one written and oral communication coaching. For written communication, students review drafts of their written work with a skilled coach to enhance their work’s organization and mechanics. For oral communication, students review videotapes of their oral presentations with a coach to help them identify areas for improvement.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies Multiple - pooled position
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date 05/04/2015
Close Date
Applications will be:
Special Instructions

Review of applications will continue until the pooled position(s) are filled. Applicants will be notified if their application status for the hiring pool for the two year period.

Documents required:

  • A letter of application that describes your experience and interest in teaching in the Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship, (NOTE: Please indicate the specific areas of teaching interest);
  • A curriculum vitae or professional resume identifying relevant experience, and
  • A list of the three current academic or professional references (please list in the Professional References section of the online 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. 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: .

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume OR Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of Three (3) Professional References
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Please indicate your highest level of education.
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • Doctorate Degree
    • Juris Doctorate Degree
  2. Explain your experience working with college students.

    (Open Ended Question)

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

    (Open Ended Question)

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

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. Please indicate which class you would like to be considered for: Accounting, Finance, Marketing , Management, as well as specific sub-disciplines such as Accounting Information Systems, Business Strategy, Digital Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Production Operations, and Law depending upon current staff and enrollments.

    (Open Ended Question)