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Assistant Professor - K-8 Science Education

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Required Documents to be uploaded when applying:
  1. letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
  2. current curriculum vitae.
Please note: Three (3) professional references are required. Please include the contact information for your references in your profile when applying for this position.

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 18014
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Michael Brody, Associate Professor
Curriculum & Instruction Science Education
(406) 994-5951
brody@montana.edu

Classification Title Assistant Professor
Working Title Assistant Professor - K-8 Science Education
Brief Position Overview

The Department of Education at Montana State University (MSU) invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in K-8 Science Education. The position is a tenure-track, academic year appointment with potential for summer employment. The successful candidate will have a well-articulated research agenda in elementary science education that includes a commitment to scholarly productivity; experience teaching undergraduate and/or graduate students including students from diverse backgrounds; and a commitment to the integration of research, teaching and service. The successful candidate will also contribute to the mission of the University and be responsible for providing service to the program, department, college, university and professional communities.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Assistant Professor
Position Number 4A3104
Department Education
Division College of Education, Health & Human Development
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Academic Year
Semester
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FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary range of $55,000 - $65,000 annually; commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type MUS
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Department of Education at Montana State University (MSU) invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in K-8 Science Education. The position is a tenure-track, academic year appointment with potential for summer employment. The successful candidate will have a well-articulated research agenda in elementary science education that includes a commitment to scholarly productivity; experience teaching undergraduate and/or graduate students including students from diverse backgrounds; and a commitment to the integration of research, teaching and service. The successful candidate will also contribute to the mission of the University and be responsible for providing service to the program, department, college, university and professional communities.

Montana State University (MSU) 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
  • 50% – Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Education including K-8 science methods courses and advise/chair graduate students;
  • 30% – Conduct innovative research and grant projects related to elementary science education that includes a commitment to scholarly productivity;
  • 20% – Participate in appropriate departmental, college, university and professional service functions; collaborate with other faculty and departments to establish interdisciplinary research partnerships;
  • Contribute to mission of the university and be responsible for providing service to the program, department, college, university and professional communities.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Doctoral degree in Curriculum & Instruction, Science Education or closely related field by start date OR must have defense date set.
  2. Experience conducting program of research in the areas of Science Education and/or teacher education.
  3. Experience teaching in K-8 schools or equivalent practical background.
  4. Extensive knowledge of current Science Education standards, including Next Generation Science Standards, and issues related to undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation.
  5. Evidence of experience working successfully with diverse students and colleagues.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Demonstrated competence in supervising pre-service teachers in field experiences.
  2. Experience teaching undergraduate Science Education courses.
  3. Experience teaching with technology and online.
  4. Experience using or teaching advanced research methodologies.
  5. Experience advising and/or mentoring undergraduate/graduate students in Science Education teacher preparation and Science Education research.
  6. Experience writing grant proposals.
  7. Experience working with student organizations.
  8. Demonstrated commitment to student, faculty, and staff diversity.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Have a strong interest in working closely with K-8 schools and teachers to improve science education in service to the land grant mission of the University.
  • Have a commitment to the integration of research, teaching and service.
  • Work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals.
  • Possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

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.

Physical Demands

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 Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) unit in the Department of Education provides pre-service and in-service teacher education programs designed to provide students with a rich, balanced professional preparation coursework based on current educational theory and combined with carefully structured, graduated, and supervised field experiences. The integration of these two learning experiences allows students to develop and demonstrate the breadth of knowledge, competencies and professional commitment that empower them to contribute and lead in a dynamic professional environment upon graduation.

The Department

The mission of the Department of Education is to prepare highly qualified professional educators and administrators through exemplary campus and distance based programs and field placements in quality public and private schools. In addition, the Department contributes to the State of Montana and the United States through the faculty’s active research and outreach efforts. The Department of Education’s faculty is comprised of a dedicated and collegial group of faculty who balance theoretical and practical research with a strong commitment to teaching both face-to-face and online. The Department honors the cultural heritage of Montana’s American Indian communities and seeks constructive engagement to contribute to their educational interests and needs.

The College

The mission of the College of Education, Health and Human Development (EHHD) is to prepare highly qualified professionals through exemplary programs, advance knowledge about education, health, and human development, and serve the people of Montana and the United States through outreach and practical application of its expertise.

Our college is home to a wide variety of programs that fulfill Montana’s land grant mission of providing services to the people of Montana and beyond.

  • We prepare teachers for elementary and secondary classrooms.
  • We help soldiers and other professionals become teachers.
  • We provide graduate programming for educational leaders including K-12 principals and superintendents.
  • We prepare adult and higher education experts.
  • We support grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.
  • We partner with leaders on Native American reservations to develop ways to lead healthy life styles and improve education for children and adults, and work to preserve native languages.
  • We educate families to enrich overall well-being and how to make healthy choices related to nutrition and physical activity.
  • We prepare students for future careers in coaching, counseling, financial planning, dietetics, community food systems, physical therapy, and medicine.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date 8/16/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on October 30, 2017, and continue until an adequate pool is established.

Special Instructions


Required Documents to be uploaded when applying:

  1. letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
  2. current curriculum vitae.

Please note: Three (3) professional references are required. Please include the contact information for your references 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. 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. Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents

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