Assistant/Associate Professor of Chemistry

Dillon, Montana (US)
Assistant Professor approx. $48,000; Associate Professor approx. $52,000 depending on experience
Dec 07, 2018
Jan 06, 2019
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Assistant/Associate Professor of Chemistry

Department: Environmental Sciences
Position: Full-time (10-month), tenure-track position
Salary: Assistant Professor approximately $48,000; Associate Professor approximately $52,000 depending on experience/academic year plus full benefits
Union Affiliation: MFPE
Posting Date:  November 2018
Start Date: August 1, 2019


The Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Montana Western seeks an innovative, passionate, science educator/researcher in areas that transect both environmental and biomedical interests. The position is a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the assistant or associate professor level. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a teaching approach that will take advantage of Montana Western’s unique immersion scheduling model (Experience One). Our immersion-scheduling model, where students take and faculty teach a single course 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 experiential learning. We prepare our students to pursue environmental careers with state and federal government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry as environmental scientists and managers, sustainability specialists, and naturalists. The successful candidate will also be an affiliate member of the Biology Department, which offers degrees in both Biology and Ecology. Many biology majors also have interests in biomedical careers. The post-graduation placements in both departments are extremely high, which is a primary goal of our programs. We also foster a collegial atmosphere, which we consider essential to student success and a positive faculty work environment.

Initial teaching responsibilities will include science majors’ courses in College Chemistry I, II and Organic Chemistry I & II using the Experience One model where lectures and lab are integrated daily to engage undergraduate students. There also may be potential opportunities to develop a course(s) in the chosen candidate’s area of interest. A strong ability to support both Environmental Science and Biology programs is expected and will include advising and writing student recommendation letters. 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, such as research with undergraduate students, attending meetings or writing grant proposals and research papers.


The successful candidate will hold a doctorate in chemistry or closely related field (ABD considered). The candidate should be an engaging and dedicated teacher who is committed to student learning and success. We are particularly interested in a candidate with research interests in applied chemistry that has both environmental science and biological implications. In addition, the successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability, or strong interest in, experiential learning and innovative undergraduate education, which may include integrating undergraduates in research projects. College-level teaching experience (including general and organic chemistry courses) is highly preferred.


Application materials should include a letter of interest responding to the position description, a statement of teaching philosophy (< 2 pages), a statement of research interests (< 2 pages), a curriculum vitae including contact information for at least three professional references, and official or unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts. All application materials should be submitted as a single PDF file with page numbers. Teaching evaluations may be requested at a later time. Official transcripts will be required at the time of hire.

Application materials should be sent to:

Patti Lake
Payroll & Benefits Supervisor
The University of Montana Western
710 South Atlantic Street
Dillon, MT 59725

Inquiries can be made to Professor Eric Wright at (406) 683-7274; Review of applications will begin in December 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. The Chronicle of Higher Education and U.S. News and World Report have recently recognized Montana Western for educational excellence and our faculty have been awarded numerous Carnegie/CASE Professor of the Year awards, including the first U.S. Professor of the Year awarded to a Montana professor.

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 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.