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Assistant/Associate Professor in Education and Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator

Department:  Education
Position:  Full-time, academic year, renewable, tenure track faculty position
Salary Range:  Assistant Professor $46,000-$50,000 – Associate Professor $50,000-$54,000
Union Affiliation:  MEA/MFT
Posting Date:  February 2018
Start Date:  August 1, 2018


The successful candidate will supervise 15 part-time, off-campus faculty and one classified, office staff person.  This position is supervised by the Education Division Chair and will work collaboratively with staff and university faculty to plan and update curriculum, assess student and program outcomes, and schedule on-campus and distance courses; other duties include grants writing and budget management.  Frequent travel to off-campus sites to build partnerships within communities and to recruit and advise students is required.  This position works closely with the Montana Western Outreach Office and other campus entities. The Program Coordinator represents Montana Western at state and national meetings, advocating for Montana Western and the early childhood education field.   Teaching early childhood education coursework, scholarship, and service are required.

Required Qualifications 

  • An earned doctorate in early childhood education or a related field; ABD will be considered

  • Documented leadership, program management, partnership skills

  • Online teaching competencies

  • Three years teaching in an early childhood setting

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills

  • Documented scholarship

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Two or more years of administrative and supervisory experience

  • Budget management experience

  • Grant writing experience  


Application materials should include a cover letter, four professional references and vita. Send application materials to:

Patti Lake
Payroll and Benefits Supervisor
Administration and Finance
The University of Montana Western
710 South Atlantic St
Dillon, MT 59725

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Jen Gilliard, Search Chair, via email @ or by calling 406-683-7176.

Review of applications will begin April 9, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

The University & Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 60 full-time faculty and 1,500 students. It is located in Dillon, Montana in the scenic Rocky Mountains and has been awarded numerous top national rankings for delivering high quality, affordable education.

Montana Western is the only public four-year college in the nation offering Experience One (X1), experiential learning delivered on the block schedule. Class sizes are small and students take a single course at a time, three hours each day for 18 days, before moving on to the next course. Each course is four credits and four blocks are offered each semester. The block schedule facilitates field and lab work, undergraduate research, study travel, and interdisciplinary teaching. Montana Western’s faculty strongly believe in mentoring and inspiring students, and assisting them in the transition from university life to professional careers. The Early Childhood Education Program, founded in 1987, is Montana’s premier Early Childhood Program. The program delivers an Associate of Applied Science Degree along with two Bachelor’s Degrees, including a degree that leads to pre-kindergarten through grade-three endorsement.  In addition to providing Experience One coursework, the Early Childhood Education Program delivers semester-long distance learning courses via online and hybrid courses. The online curriculum offers rich opportunities for face-to-face and video coaching.

The University of Montana Western is an integral part of the Dillon Community. With a population of 5,000 people, Dillon 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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