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Non-Tenure Track MSSE Instructor (Applicant Pool)

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 17035
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Diana Paterson, MSSE Associate Director

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

The MSSE Instructor position is a non-tenure track instructor position for the Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) degree program. It is an instructor position for a fall, spring, or summer graduate level science or education course. MSSE graduate students enrolled in the course are practicing teachers working in middle and high school public and/or private institutions.

Faculty Tenure Track No
Faculty Rank Instructor
Position Number 4A6105
Department Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE)
Division College of Letters & Science
Appointment Type Non-Tenure Track (Pooled)
Contract Term Semester
Semester Summer
If other, specify From date
If other, specify End date
FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Contact HR for Determination
FTE .2
Benefits Eligible Not Eligible
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 instruction and/or related functions. Applications will be accepted on a continual basis and will be maintained in a pool for two years.

The purpose of this position is to secure qualified science and education instructors to teach MSSE online and campus science and education graduate courses.

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 and online environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • To revise and update the assigned science or education graduate course.
  • To teach MSSE online and/or campus field/lab science courses in the disciplines of Ecology, Biology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Earth Science/Geology, Land Resources and Environmental Science, Microbiology, Physics, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Plant Science as well as Education during fall and/or spring semesters and/or summer session.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Doctoral or master degree in science, science education, engineering, agriculture or other science education fields.
  2. University teaching experience, and/or experience teaching K-12, and/or experience working as an education coordinator or curriculum developer in public or private organizations.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Familiarity with national standards and guideline for science teacher education and distance learning.
  2. Experience in development, delivery and assessment of graduate courses.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Possess the ability, skills, and knowledge to successfully engage and educate graduate students.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision, while establishing effective working relations with graduate students.
  • Ability to develop, deliver and assess innovative graduate level courses.
  • Ability and knowledge to successfully teach in a distance delivery mode.
  • Have a commitment to interdisciplinary education.
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 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.

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

MSSE Program

The Department

Intercollege Programs for Science Education

The College

Letters & Science

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies Pooled Position
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; .

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. Resume
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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