College of Letters and Science Instructor
Montana State University - Bozeman, MT

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The College of Letters and Sciences Freshman Seminar Program is now accepting applications from those with demonstrated and effective teaching experience, to serve as Faculty in our CLS101 or CLS201seminar. If you enjoy leading discussions about a variety of texts and topics and can exemplify expert learning for incoming freshmen in an exciting multi-disciplinary seminar, you are invited to apply for the fall semester of 2013 (CLS 101 and/or 201).

Duties and

Readings include Plato’s Apology, Gawande’s Better and Basso’s Wisdom Sits in Places. As part of leading this seminar of 16 freshmen, all CLS faculty are required to meet once a week, usually on Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 pm (fall and spring), or Thursdays from 3-4 pm (fall only) to discuss the texts. Compensation of $3,500 for the semester enables departments to hire adjuncts to replace faculty who teach the seminar. If such instruction is in addition to a regular course load, the funds may be used as additional compensation or for departmental travel/equipment. Please discuss this potential teaching assignment in advance with your department head or chair.


Minimum of a Master’s Degree in the appropriate field with academic background commensurate with teaching one or more of the specialty areas listed above.

Effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with faculty, staff, and students.


Terminal degree in appropriate field.

Previous teaching experience in similar courses.

The Successful
Candidate Will

Have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Demonstrate the ability to relate to and establish rapport with a college student population.

Exercise good judgment and self-motivation.

Maintain confidentiality of records and information.

Possess strong interest in student success.

Be committed to quality teaching.


In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

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

    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.


    Review of applications will be on a continual basis and will continue until the position(s) are filled. Applicants will be notified if their application is being retained in the hiring pool for up to two years.


    To apply, submit: (1) a letter of application that addresses how your training, expertise and experience fulfill the required and preferred qualifications listed in this announcement, (2) a curriculum vitae identifying area of interest and (3) a list of the names, addresses, email and telephone numbers of three current professional references.

    An application packet addressing all the above requirements and qualification as listed is highly encouraged. Missing materials and information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

    Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #13-254” in the subject line of the email.

    Submit materials to:

  • Sara Waller, Director CLS Program
  • Montana State University
  • PO Box 172320
  • Bozeman MT 59717-2320
  • For questions call: (406) 994-5216 email:

    In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note : Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

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