Pedagogy Specialist, School of Public & Community Health Sciences



The School of Public & Community Health Sciences invites applications for the position of a Pedagogy Specialist . The role of the individual assigned to this position will be to disseminate and implement inquiry-based science curriculum modules focused on particulate matter air quality, public health, and cardiovascular health for middle and high school students in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, and New Mexico. The person assigned to this position will also assist with the development and presentation of educator workshops, webinars, and other education/outreach activities.

The person assigned to this position will work with teachers as part of a multi-disciplinary team of University of Montana researchers, government agencies, and community partners. Finally, the individual in this position will assist with background research and preparation of manuscripts, educational/scientific presentations, and future grant applications. This position requires exceptional communication and leadership skills, the ability to work independently, and strong organizational skills.

Other job expectations for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Occasionally train and supervise undergraduate work-study students and student interns and evaluate their work performance.
  • May serve as a mentor to middle school or high school students working on air quality science research projects.
  • Act as a School of Public and Community Health Sciences (SPCHS) liaison to the public and private K-12 schools and may assist in the development of the community service learning component for graduate students in the Master of Public Health and Ph.D. in Public Health programs.


Position Details

  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary for this position is $60,000 per year.


Required Education and Skills
  • Master of Education degree or equivalent, as well as at least five (5) years of classroom science teaching or related professional experience; or any combination of experience and education that would provide the competencies required to successfully discharge the duties assigned to this position.
  • Science teaching skills developed through classroom teaching experience; certification preferred.
  • Knowledge of effective and innovative pedagogic methods through direct experience with [and/or exposure to] professional development opportunities for educators.
  • General experience with different forms of air pollution with more specific knowledge of particulate matter, PM5, pollution.
  • General experience with corresponding health effects of exposure to elevated air pollution levels with more specific knowledge of the effects on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
  • Knowledge of designing and implementing guided inquiry-based curriculum activities and experience with teaching science concepts described in the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Experience with guiding science research experiences for middle school and high school students.
  • Experience implementing new procedures in an existing environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to effectively interact with media when appropriate.


Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge and experience in implementing science learning strategies in a culturally competent manner, in both formal and informal settings, in ways that encourage civic engagement on the part of young students.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a variety of community partners (e.g., nonprofit organizations, citizen groups, Tribal Nations, government agencies, and public health specialists).
  • Experience with supervising staff.
  • Experience in higher education and working knowledge of UM.


About the School of Public and Community Health Sciences , UM , and Missoula

The SPCHS is housed within the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences (CHPBS). The mission of the SPCHS is to provide distance-based (MPH) and on-campus (undergraduate and PhD) learning opportunities, supported by scholarship and service activities, to prepare public health practitioners and researchers who will use global insight to improve the health of the people of Montana and other rural areas.

The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with over 10,000 students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 72,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the “ top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000 ” by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine’s “ The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America” in 2014 . Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life . Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.



To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.



Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: Monday, November 16, 2020 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. Application review will begin after date above and continue until the position is filled.

Please submit the following application materials via "New Resume/CV" button below.

*Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

  • Cover letter – describing research interests, experience, career goals, and your fit for the position
  • Detailed CV - listing education, publications, skills, etc
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references


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Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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