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Earth Sciences Non-Tenure Track Faculty (Applicant Pool)

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 17033
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Mary Hubbard
(406) 994-6909
Mary.Hubbard@montana.edu

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

The Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University seeks Non-Tenure Track Faculty to teach various Earth Sciences courses to undergraduate and graduate students.

Faculty Tenure Track No
Faculty Rank Non-Tenure Track
Position Number TBD
Department Earth Sciences
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 Exempt
Union Affiliation Contact HR for Determination
FTE 0.5
Benefits Eligible Depends on HR (please contact Human Resources - 406-994-3651)
Salary Depends on workload units
Contract Type LOA
If other, please specify
Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University seeks Non-Tenure Track Faculty to teach teach various Earth Sciences courses to undergraduate and graduate students. Applications will be accepted on a continual basis and will be maintained in a pool for two years.

After two years, candidates will be asked to re-submit materials for continued consideration.

The department hiring authority will review and evaluate the 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 or program. Salary is dependent on the number of courses taught and duration.

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

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Teach a variety of Geography and Geology courses as needed by the department. Courses include GIS courses, igneous petrology, histology, special topics, and other Earth Science curriculum courses.
  • Be available for office hours for students in courses taught on a weekly basis throughout the semester.

We hope to attract applicants who can teach in a diverse University community and have demonstrated ability in helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Hold an advanced degree in related field.
  2. Demonstrated experience in collaborating successfully with faculty, staff and students.
  3. Demonstrated experience working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues within and outside the department.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Terminal degree in appropriate field.
  2. Previous teaching experience.
  3. Demonstrated commitment to student, faculty, and staff diversity.
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 judgement and self-motivation.
  • Maintain confidentiality of records and information.
  • Possess strong interest in student success.
  • Be committed to quality teaching.
  • Have effective interpersonal skills.
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 afmsu4ntt.org or by emailing afmsu4ntt@gmail.com

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.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University offers and undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree program in Earth Sciences with options in Geography, Geology, Snow Science, Paleontology, and GIS/Planning.

Our course listings include general topics, like Physical Geography and Geomorphology, under the Earth Science (ERTH) rubric and specialized courses, like Biogeography and Vertebrate Paleontology, under the Geology and Geography rubrics. Some of our graduates find employment as technicians in fields like Geographic Information Systems and water quality assessment, but most find that a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) is necessary for a professional career.

The Department

The Earth Sciences department has a full-time faculty of 13 earth scientists, geologists and geographers. We have about 50 active graduate students in our Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Earth Sciences programs. Our PhD program was added in Fall 2004. There are 200+ undergraduate majors in the department, divided between geography, geology, geohydrology, gis/planning, snow science and paleontology.

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 Multiple
Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of the search.
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Applications will be accepted and screened for the duration of this pool. Applicants will be notified if their application is being retained in the hiring pool for up to two years.

Special Instructions
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; recruitment@montana.edu .

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: www2.montana.edu/policy/affirmative_action/ .

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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