Environmental Geography Visiting Instructor, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation



The Department of Geography in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana seeks a V isiting Instructor to teach the following courses during the 2021-2022 academic year. The position will teach 9 credits in the Fall and 10 credits in the Spring. Course offerings most likely will include:

Fall 2021

  • GPHY 317: Geomorphology, 3 credits
  • GPHY 385: Field Techniques, 3 credits
  • GPHY 466: Environmental Planning, 3 credits


Spring 2022

  • GPHY 111: Introductory Physical Geography, 3 credits
  • GPHY 112: Introductory Physical Geography Lab, 1 credit
  • GPHY 421: Sustainable Cities, 3 credits
  • GPHY 560: Planning Design, 3 credits


This position is a 1.0 FTE 9 month (August 23, 2021-end of Spring Semester 2022), non-tenure appointment with an anticipated salary of $45,000-48,000 (9-month) plus health benefits. Current plans are for in-person classes at UM both semesters.

We seek applicants who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, and contribute positively to the students' academic success and the University of Montana's mission. The University of Montana values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting, and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment.

Minimum Required Experience
  • Master’s degree in Geography or related field providing academic background commensurate with teaching the range of courses listed above.
  • Demonstrated or potential for excellence in teaching.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote an inclusive educational environment that supports and engages all students.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with students, staff, faculty and administration.
  • Evidence of effective written and oral communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications
  • PhD in Geography or related field.
  • Previous teaching experience in college-level teaching.
  • Experience with learning platforms for course management and instruction (Moodle, Top Hat, Canvas, others).


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: Sunday, June 20, 2021 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by the ‘Priority Application Date’ will be guaranteed consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Candidates are required to submit the following materials online.

A complete application Includes:

  • Statement of interest that includes teaching philosophy
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts from all degrees
  • Teaching evaluations and/or documentation of past teaching quality
  • Names and contact information for three professional references


If you have questions about this opportunity or how to submit your application, please contact Dr. Sarah J. Halvorson, Chair of Geography (sarah.halvorson@umontana.edu).

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Part-Time