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Instructor of Music (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 of 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 School of Music (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.
  • URL for your portfolio, showcasing your performance(s).

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 15153
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Keith Kothman at 406-994-3564 or keith.kothman@montana.edu.

Classification Title
Working Title Instructor of Music (Pooled Position)
Brief Position Overview

The School of Music seeks qualified individuals to provide non-tenurable instruction in the following areas: applied music instruction, music theory, aural skills, keyboard skills, popular music history, classical music history, composition, music technology, electroacoustic music,and sound design.

Faculty Tenure Track No
Faculty Rank Non Tenure Track
Position Number 4A6168
Department School of Music
Division College of Arts & Architecture
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 Dependent on work load units and duration.
Benefits Eligible Depends on HR (please contact Human Resources - 406-994-3651)
Salary Salary is dependent on work load units and duration.
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 work load units and duration of contract.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Teaching on-campus or online courses
  • Advising, evaluating and assisting students
  • Curriculum and/or course development
  • Recruiting and building a studio and/or
  • Collaboration with ensemble directors

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 <http://mus.edu/hr/cba/MSU-NTT-2013-2015-CBA.pdf/a>

The NTT faculty positions in the School of Music are vital in providing specialized instruction for our degree programs and enhancing the musical diversity and collaborative potential of the tenured and tenure-track faculty through performance, composition and scholarship.

Duties and Responsibilities

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

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Terminal academic degree or comparable professional experience.
  2. Demonstrable skills appropriate to the specific course(s).
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Prior teaching experience.
  2. A significant record of accomplishment related to the desired teaching area(s).
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

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.

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.

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.

The Program
The Department

At MSU, the only top-tier research university in a four-state region, music plays a very special role in the lives of both our students and our faculty. Our music, music education, and music technology degrees offer great choices for music majors, and our fifteen performing ensembles and a wide array of courses provide opportunities for majors, minors and non-majors. MSU is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and many engineering, science, business, humanities, education and fine arts majors find their musical home here.

The Bachelor of Arts in Music at Montana State University is designed to enable students to combine concentrated music studies with a wide variety of areas outside of music.

The Bachelor of Music Education (K-12 Broadfield) leads to certification to teach music at all levels of the public schools. A selection of courses in music education, music theory, and music history are offered at the graduate level. 100% of recent MSU music education graduates who sought jobs in music education are currently working in the field.

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology is a synthesis of traditional musical training and application through new technologies. Students develop skills in areas including music composition and theory, recording, sound synthesis, sound design for film and theater, audio for film/video and multimedia, film scoring, notation and sequencing, orchestration, interdisciplinary collaboration, music business, and instrumental/vocal performance.

MSU-Bozeman is committed to providing a quality graduate program focusing on innovation, superior instruction, service, and accessibility.The Master of Education with an emphasis in Music Education gives K-12 music educators a flexible program combining the best of online and on-campus instruction.

The College

The College of Arts and Architecture is home to distinctive academic programs housed in the Schools of Art, Architecture, Music and Film & Photography. Students enjoy close mentoring relationships with faculty through a curriculum that is rich in studio- and lab-based pedagogy. The College offers international and cultural travel opportunities for students in all majors and encourages internship experiences for many of its programs. The College hosts the only accredited Architecture program in Montana and supports a unique, world-class graduate film program in science and natural history filmmaking. Graduates from the college enjoy successful careers in art, design, media production, photography, architecture, education and music as well as apply the discipline, creative problems solving skills and work ethic embedded in their programs to any career. The College is home to the internationally recognized Montana Shakespeare in the Parks theater company and supports the Black Box Theatre as well as innovation and design spaces such as the Design Sandbox for Engaged Learning and the Community Design Center. For more information about the College of Arts and Architecture, go to <http://www.montana.edu/caa

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:
Special Instructions

Review of applications will continue until the pooled position(s) are filled. Applicants will be notified of 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 School of Music (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.
  • URL for your portfolio, showcasing your performance(s).

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 OR Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Online Portfolio - URL
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please indicate your specific areas of teaching interest.

    (Open Ended Question)