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Assistant/Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

Department: Education
Position: Full-time 10-month tenure-track
Union Affiliation: MEA-MFT
Starting Date: August 2016

Description

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in early childhood education, positive discipline, and child development for the Early Childhood Education Program. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with university faculty and staff, as well as field teachers from rural and urban preK-3 schools. Faculty responsibilities include teaching, advising, scholarly activities, and professional service. Education programs at Montana Western support the constructivist-learning model, with an emphasis on experiential education and application of research into practice. Immersion scheduling, where students take one course at a time for 3.5 weeks, has been implemented campus-wide since fall 2005. One of only a few such models in the nation, Experience One, as this model is referred to at Montana Western, is designed to provide students with greater success within a focused experiential learning framework. Montana Western’s Early Childhood Program is the largest early childhood program in the state of Montana, providing services to 8 satellite sites, and 200 students.  Instruction within the Early Childhood Program is delivered face-to-face and online.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will hold an earned doctorate in early childhood education or related area and will have a minimum of three years’ experience teaching in an early childhood setting.  The successful candidate will also provide evidence of a history of service and use of experiential and constructivist teaching methods.  Evidence of, or potential for, scholarly work is also required.  Preferred competencies include previous successful teaching in higher education as evidenced by student evaluations and experience in distance education delivery.  Strong ABD may be considered.

The University of Montana Western, located in Dillon, MT, is an innovative small institution nestled in a scenic valley in the Rocky Mountains of southwestern Montana. The campus enrolls approximately 1300 students and has 50 full-time faculty members. Dillon, a community of 5,000, is known for safe environments, recreational opportunities, and an excellent standard of living. In the U.S. News & World Report 2011 Best Colleges rankings, the University of Montana Western ranked fifth overall for Top Public Regional Colleges in the West, and 10th in the west for regional colleges in the Great Schools, Great Prices category. In 2015, Montana Western’s online early childhood education degree was ranked among the best by OnlineUniversities.com.   

Application

Send a letter of application responding to the job description, a curriculum vita, transcripts, evaluations of teaching, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three (3) current professional references.  Application materials should be sent via email to:

dawn.zimdars@umwestern.edu
(406) 683-7176

For further information, contact Dr. Jen Gilliard at jen.gilliard@umwestern.edu or (406) 683-7177.

Initial screening begins March 1st and will continue until the position is filled.

The University & Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western, located in Dillon, Mont., is an innovative institution nestled in a scenic valley in the Rocky Mountains of south western Montana. The campus Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) for student enrollment is approximately 1,289. Montana Western has over 60 FTE faculty members, features small cases 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. 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.

The mission of the University of Montana Western is to provide innovative interdisciplinary education through experiential learning that combines theory and practice. Montana Western services citizens of all ages with its academic, community service, and lifelong-learning programs. As part of the global community, Montana Western encourages diversity, international awareness, environmental responsibility, and mastery of technology as a gateway to the world.

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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Assistant/Associate Professor of Business

Department: Business and Technology
Position: Full-time tenure-track (10-month) faculty position beginning August 2016
Salary Range: $40,000-$49,000
Posting Date: October 2015

Description

The University of Montana Western seeks applicants for an assistant/associate professor tenure-track position within the Department of Business and Technology.   

The successful candidate will primarily teach undergraduate courses in Economics or related field. Faculty workload includes teaching 12 credits per semester, advising, scholarly activities, and professional service. This position reports to the Provost.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in economics, Agricultural Economics or a related area. Consideration will be given for candidates who are ABD, but with specific graduation completion date. Previous teaching experience is preferred. The successful candidate will have demonstrated effective leadership, excellence in teaching and strong interest in or experience with experiential teaching, the ability to work collegially with others, evidence or potential of scholarly work, and business and industry experience.

Salary Range

Negotiable within range established by faculty collective bargaining agreement.

Application

Application materials should include a state application (available at http://www.umwestern.edu/job-opportunities.html ) a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, copies of all university level transcripts and names and contact information for at least four professional references. Review of applications will begin Nov. 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Application material should be sent electronically to:

Cecil Jones, JD
Professor of Business and Technology
cecil.jones@umwestern.edu

The University & Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western, located in Dillon, Mont., is an innovative institution nestled in a scenic valley in the Rocky Mountains of south western Montana. The campus Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) for student enrollment is approximately 1,350. Montana Western has over 60 FTE 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. 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.

The mission of the University of Montana Western is to achieve academic excellence by sustaining a culture of concentrated experiential education. Montana Western services citizens of all ages with its academic, community service, and lifelong-learning programs. As part of the global community, Montana Western encourages diversity, international awareness, environmental responsibility, and mastery of technology as a gateway to the world.

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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Assistant Professor of Environmental Geochemistry

Department: Environmental Sciences
Position: Full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor
Wage: $40,000-$49,000
Union Affiliation: MEA-MFT
Starting Date: August 2016

Description

The Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Montana Western seeks an innovative, passionate, field-based, geoscience educator/researcher in the area of environmental geochemistry. The position is a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the assistant-professor level. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the ability to use Montana Western’s unique immersion scheduling model to engage undergraduate students in field and project learning as a part of her/his teaching and research agenda. Our immersion-scheduling model, where students take and faculty teach a single class at a time, is the mission of the campus and an unparalleled opportunity for a talented and creative educator to merge research with undergraduate learning.

The Environmental Sciences Department consists of an interdisciplinary group of natural scientists dedicated to working with undergraduate students pursuing careers as natural resource scientists and managers, wetlands managers, environmental educators and naturalists. Not only do we serve the campus general education and teacher education programs, we have approximately 100 students pursuing baccalaureate degrees in Environmental Science and Environmental Interpretation. Our post-graduation placement is extremely high, which is a primary goal of our program. We also foster a family atmosphere, which we consider essential to student success and a positive faculty work environment.

Initial teaching responsibilities may include major’s courses in environmental geochemistry, geologic research and writing, rocks, minerals and resources, and geology of the American west. Introductory course responsibilities will include introductory chemistry, physical geology, and environmental geology. Ability to contribute to our environmental interpretation program is preferred. The teaching load is 12 semester credits, which are taught during three of four blocks per semester. The fourth block is for conducting required professional development activities, including publishing results from class-based research, writing grants to further undergraduate research and presenting at professional meetings.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will hold a doctorate in the geosciences (ABD considered) with an emphasis in environmental geochemistry. In addition, the successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to merge research and project-based learning using an immersion schedule, a demonstrated commitment to experiential learning and innovative undergraduate education, and a demonstrated ability to design student projects that benefit and improve society. College-level teaching experience (including introductory geology and chemistry courses) preferred.

Application

Application materials should include a letter of interest responding to the position description, a curriculum vitae including the contact information for at least three professional references, and official or unofficial graduate transcripts.  Official transcripts will be required at the time of hire.  Inquiries can be made to Professor Rob Thomas at (406) 683-7615; rob.thomas@umwestern.edu. Review of applications will begin January 8, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.  This position announcement can be made available in alternative formats upon request. 

            Send application materials to:

                        Dr. Rob Thomas
                        Environmental Geochemistry Search
                        The University of Montana Western
                        710 S. Atlantic Street
                        Dillon, MT  59725

The University & Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western, located in Dillon, Mont., is an innovative institution nestled in a scenic valley in the Rocky Mountains of south western Montana. The campus Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) for student enrollment is approximately 1,289. Montana Western has over 60 FTE faculty members, features small cases 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. 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.

The mission of the University of Montana Western is to provide innovative interdisciplinary education through experiential learning that combines theory and practice. Montana Western services citizens of all ages with its academic, community service, and lifelong-learning programs. As part of the global community, Montana Western encourages diversity, international awareness, environmental responsibility, and mastery of technology as a gateway to the world.

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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Mathematics Instructor

Department: Mathematics
Position: Full-time, academic year, renewable, non-tenure track
Wage: Negotiable within the range established in faculty CBA ($32,000- $40,000)
Union Affiliation: MEA-MFT
Posting Date: October 2015

Description

The department of mathematics at the University of Montana Western is excited to be undergoing the process of revising the core curriculum for its B.S. Mathematical degree. The revised degree will be highly focused on mathematical modeling and analysis in data intensive fields such as genomics, ecology, structural geology, information science, etc. In support of this degree, the department invites applications for a full-time instructor position (four, four-credit courses per semester) that will be focused on the effective teaching of courses that likely include probability, our calculus sequence, and some developmental and general education courses. A variety of interdisciplinary, undergraduate research opportunities will be threaded longitudinally through the revised curriculum. The successful candidate would be expected to support the development of these opportunities.

Since 2005, the University of Montana Western has been the only publicly funded, four-year baccalaureate degree granting university to operate fully on a block schedule. Each semester, students enroll in a full time load of four classes that they take one at a time for three hours per day for 18 consecutive weekdays. Experiential learning, in the sense that it is the authentic practice of a given academic discipline, is emphasized at Montana Western. Under the proposed curriculum for the B.S. Mathematics degree, this is specifically taken to mean that students will engage in undergraduate research activities that will be designed to help prepare them for professional work in mathematics or statistics upon graduation.

Qualifications

The successful candidate must possess the following qualifications:

  1. Has earned a M.S. or M.A. (or higher) in mathematics, applied mathematics, or statistics.
  2. Can demonstrate success at promoting a high level of student achievement in a challenging mathematical curriculum.
  3. Has documented experience at teaching effectively under a block schedule OR is enthusiastic about working with existing mathematics department faculty in order to learn how to do so.
  4. Can provide a record of successful involvement in and promotion of undergraduate research in mathematical modeling (especially if using stochastic techniques), statistics, and data mining or related areas. If no such record exists, the successful candidate should be able to offer a plan for developing this area of his or her professional profile.

Application

Interested applicants will send a complete application in electronic (MS Word or PDF only please) to the chair of the Mathematics
Department, Dr. Eric Wright at eric.wright@umwestern.edu.
Review of applications will begin on December 16th, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.
The start date for the position is August 1st, 2016.

A complete application includes:

  1. A current curriculum vitae.
  2. Unofficial academic transcripts that verify the required degree qualifications (official transcripts will be required at the time of hire).
  3. A well composed and concise teaching statement that illustrates how the candidate meets or exceeds the qualifications for the position that are listed above.
  4. A list of four current professional references and their telephone and email contact information. These references should be able to speak frankly to the candidate’s qualifications for this position.

The University & Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western, located in Dillon, Mont., is an innovative institution nestled in a scenic valley in the Rocky Mountains of south western Montana. The campus Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) for student enrollment is approximately 1,289. Montana Western has over 60 FTE faculty members, features small cases 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. 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.

The mission of the University of Montana Western is to provide innovative interdisciplinary education through experiential learning that combines theory and practice. Montana Western services citizens of all ages with its academic, community service, and lifelong-learning programs. As part of the global community, Montana Western encourages diversity, international awareness, environmental responsibility, and mastery of technology as a gateway to the world.

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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Provost Search

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UMW conducts national search for new provost.

The University of Montana Western has launched a national search for the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs position.

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