Postdoctoral Teaching, Research, and Mentoring Fellowship, Davidson Honors College

The Davidson Honors College (DHC) at the University of Montana invites applications for a Teaching, Research, and Mentoring (TRM) Fellow. The TRM Fellow will embody our effort to promote a community of learning based on high-impact teaching practices, cross-disciplinary inquiry, exceptional student mentoring, and a broader pursuit of the Teacher Scholar Ideal.

Working collaboratively with faculty and staff from the Davidson Honors College, and other stakeholders across the University of Montana campus, TRM Fellow will be responsible for:

  1. Teaching four (4) honors courses per year in their area(s) of expertise, with at least one course involving a significant team teaching component, and at least one course that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.
  2. Actively pursuing research and/or creative scholarship in their area(s) of expertise.
  3. Research collaboration with Davidson Honors College students on professional quality research/creative scholarship projects that stem from the Fellow’s emerging research agenda.
  4. Mentoring a significant number of Davidson Honors College students with the goal of promoting each student’s academic, professional, and personal development.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have received their terminal degree (PhD preferred, but not required) within five years of the hiring date. More broadly, the TRM Fellow will become an integral part of the Davidson Honors College during their two-year appointment. The Fellow will have dedicated workspace in the DHC Building, serve on scholarship and selection committees, participate in various DHC events, and generally contribute to our vibrant learning community. The TRM Fellow will also have the opportunity to engage the broader UM campus through research presentations, workshops, membership in campus organizations, and collaboration with faculty across the university.

Successful candidates will have an established, exemplary record of scholarly inquiry, along with demonstrated achievement in classroom instruction and mentoring of undergraduate students. Priority will be given to applicants with relevant, cross-disciplinary research agendas and teaching experience that emphasizes high-impact practices such as experiential learning, collaborative problem solving, and extensive faculty-student engagement. The TRM Fellow will show initiative and leadership in engaging students from diverse backgrounds with varied academic and professional interests. The Fellow will also need to work extremely well in a collaborative setting, and to have a deep appreciation for the spirit of honors education, which embraces the diversity of thought that comes from exposure to a wide range of disciplines.

Position Details
  • The position is a full-time 12-month Letter of Appointment and includes a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package (i.e., MUS health insurance benefits, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program), and funding to support five undergraduate research assistants per year. The letter of appointment is renewable for a second year, but non-renewable after two (2) years.
Required Skills
  1. Excellent written and oral communication skills in collaborative settings
  2. Teaching skills that support a high impact learning environment and cross-disciplinary inquiry for undergraduate honors students
  3. Demonstrated ability to connect with and mentor a diverse group of students from a variety of majors
  4. High quality research and/or creative scholarship in an established or emerging field
  5. Appreciation for honors education

Required Experience
  • Terminal degree earned within five years of the candidate’s first day of employment as a TRM Fellow.

Preferred Qualifications
  • PhD with demonstrated record of peer-reviewed research/creative scholarship.

  • Experience teaching undergraduate students in an experiential, cross-disciplinary, or team-setting; and success mentoring and advising students toward academic, professional, and personal development.

About the Davidson Honors College, UM , and Missoula

The Davidson Honors College serves as a symbol of the University's commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. As part of its mission, the DHC: offers an enriched academic experience, both inside and outside the classroom, for outstanding students of all majors; promotes intellectual, personal, and professional development of all students; fosters an appreciation of civic values; and provides support for instructional innovation in order to produce the best possible teaching and learning environment for our students and faculty. To learn more about the Davidson Honors College (DHC), please visit the DHC website .

The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 500+ full-time faculty members. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 70,000, 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.

UM 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 Offer of Employment. In accordance with University policy, 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-M 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: January 19 , 2021 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Application review will begin after the date above, and continue until the position is filled. The TRM Fellow will begin their two-year appointment on or before August 10, 2021.

Applicants are required to submit the following application materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below. Step 5 "Attachments" in the online application process is where you may upload additional materials. Only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

Required materials include:
  1. Letter of interest – addressing the applicant’s experiences and ability to meet the position requirements. In the letter, please address the following: 1) a short description of two courses the applicant might teach as a TRM fellow; and 2) a short description of a research project the applicant might engage in with undergraduate students, and, 3) a teaching statement articulating the personal approach to teaching and mentoring students both inside and outside of the classroom.
  2. Detailed CV – listing educational, teaching, research, and mentoring experience
  3. One (1) scholarly work – one article, manuscript, creative work, or collection that represents the applicant’s best work
  4. One (1) course syllabus – on which the applicant is listed as the instructor of record
  5. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

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