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Assistant/Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education (Generalist)

University of Montana
Dillon, Montana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 17, 2023

Job Details

Assistant/Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

Department: Education
Position: Full-time (10-month), tenure-track with full benefit package
Wage: Up to $54,000 for Assistant Professor and up to $60,000 for Associate Professor, as per CBA
Union Affiliation: MFPE
Starting Date: August 1, 2024
Benefits Include:
  • Insurance package,
  • Mandatory retirement plan,
  • Dependent partial tuition waiver,
  • Faculty/staff tuition waiver
  • Wellness program:

The University of Montana Western Division of Education welcomes applicants for an Assistant or Associate Professor specializing in Early Childhood Education. Primary responsibilities will include teaching experientially based courses related to foundations of early childhood education, including but not limited to, professionalism, positive guidance, early childhood curriculum, assessment, inclusion, and/or early intervention. Courses may be taught in both online and/or face-to-face formats. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to maintain professionalism, scholarly productivity, professional service, advising, and committee work.

The University of Montana Western’s mission statement states: The University of Montana Western differentiates itself and achieves academic excellence by sustaining a culture of concentrated experiential education. All Montana Western faculty are therefore expected to create experiential learning environments where students take an active role in their own learning.


The successful candidate:
  • Must hold a doctorate in Early Childhood Education or a related field (ABD will be considered).
  • Must have demonstrated success teaching in face-to-face and online courses at the post-secondary level.
  • Must have taught for three or more years in an early childhood setting (PK-3rd grade).
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively engage and collaborate with a diverse array of Pk-12 partners and stakeholders in teacher preparation.
  • Must demonstrate a strong knowledge base in experientially based early childhood developmental theories.
  • Must have experience with leadership and professionalism skills in early childhood settings.

The successful candidate may:
  • Have experience working with diverse student populations.
  • Have experience with accreditation for early childhood programs and/or higher education programs.
  • Have experience in connecting academic libraries to community contexts.
  • Have the ability to embrace new teaching technologies, especially within learning management systems (ex. Canvas).
The University and Dillon Area:

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 70 full-time faculty and over 1,300 students. It is in Dillon, Montana in the scenic Rocky Mountains and has been awarded numerous top national rankings for delivering high quality, affordable education.

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. 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 UMW 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 UMW, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).


Review of applications will begin immediately but will remain open until the position is filled.

A complete application includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable.
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Official or Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (Official transcripts will be required at time of hire)
  4. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

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

*** Applying through or easy apply through may result in submission of an incomplete application. Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply" section. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure complete application materials are submitted and received by the date listed above.

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


University of Montana.

At UM, we approach everything with creativity because that’s what this evolving world needs. We are stewards of this place, its history and our future. We are driving forward together, affecting change that is right for our place and people. We know of no better place than Montana and its university to make a lasting impact on the common good.

As Montana’s flagship university, we set a high bar for academic studies, creative accomplishments and scientific exploration which benefit our students, our community and the world at large.

The University draws a diverse, global population to Missoula – our home and the state’s second-largest city with about 80,000 residents – and helps cultivate an educated, engaged and vibrant community. Our students receive a world-class education in a broad range of subjects that include the arts, sciences, trades, graduate and postdoctoral study and professional training.

Our main campus, nestled in the heart of western Montana’s stunning natural landscape, spans 56 acres at the base of Mount Sentinel and along the Clark Fork River, and includes the park-like Oval at the center of campus, more than 60 architecturally unique buildings and a 25,200-seat football stadium. UM's 180-acre South Campus offers student housing, a golf course, soccer fields and an outdoor track facility. Missoula College occupies two sites, one just across the river from the main campus, and one on the southwest side of Missoula.

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