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Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance

Department: Health and Human Performance
Position: Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance,Full-time, tenure-track, 10-month position
Salary:  Negotiable within the range established in the Collective Bargaining Agreement ($40,000 to $56,000)
Union Affiliation: MEA/MFT
Posting Date:  August 21, 2015


Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to: teaching, research, and service in the field of exercise science/kinesiology.  Additional teaching assignments could include the areas of motor learning, sport psychology, health/physical education pedagogy and/or exceptionalities.  The workload also includes student advising, committee work, and other department or university duties as assigned.  The successful candidate will work collaboratively with university faculty and staff, including members of the Athletic Department. The successful candidate will report to the Provost.

The University of Montana Western recently adopted the following mission statement:

The University of Montana Western differentiates itself and achieves academic excellence by sustaining a culture of concentrated experiential education

All Montana Western faculty are therefore expected to create experiential learning environments where students take an active role in their own learning.


The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D./Ed.D. in health and human performance or a related area. They will have demonstrated effective leadership, excellence in teaching, ability to use technology to support instruction, and potential for scholarship.  The ability to work well as a member of a team is essential.  Applicants possessing a master’s degree will be considered with initial appointment at the non-tenure-track instructor level with possible conversion to a tenure-track position upon completion of the doctorate.

Because Montana Western's HHP program emphasizes hands-on learning and the development of outstanding teacher candidates, candidates with exceptional university teaching records and public school experience are particularly encouraged to apply.


Application materials should include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, copies of all graduate or professional level transcripts, and names and contact information for at least 4 professional references.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Application materials should be sent to:

Dr. Janelle Handlos
HHP faculty search
The University of Montana Western
710 Atlantic Street
Dillon, MT 59725

Electronic applications will also be accepted.  Electronic applications must be sent as a single file of no greater than 10 MB size or 20 pages in length to: .  Questions should be directed to Dr. Handlos by calling her at 406-683-7392

The University and Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western, located in Dillon, Montana is an innovative institution nestled in a scenic valley in the Rocky Mountains of southwestern Montana. The current campus student headcount is 1,447 and the Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) for student enrollment is approximately 1,392.

Montana Western has over 60 full-time faculty members, features small classes for all students and has been recognized for excellence by U.S. News and World Report. Montana Western’s small size and focus on education innovation have earned it the reputation of being a place where faculty and staff chose to collegially and creatively make a difference in the education of students.  Experience One provides the opportunity for excellent faculty to thrive.  Montana Western faculty members have won five consecutive prestigious CASE/Carnegie Professor of the Year awards, including one U.S. Professor of the Year and four, nationally selected, Montana Professors of the Year.  These were the last five CASE awards granted to any faculty members in the state of Montana.  Montana Western is the first and only public four-year college in the nation to use block scheduling in which students take a single class at a time. This immersion learning program facilitates increased opportunities for experiential types of learning.

Dillon, a community of 5,000 people, is known for outstanding public schools, safe environments, recreational opportunities and an excellent quality of life.

The University of Montana Western is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities. Qualified candidates may request veterans‚ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. Finalists for this position will be subject to a criminal background investigation.

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