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Assistant-Associate Professor of Psychology-UM Western

University of Montana
Dillon, Montana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 22, 2023

Job Details

Assistant/Associate Professor of Psychology

Department: History, Philosophy, & Social Sciences
Position: Tenure-track position (full-time, with a 10-Month contract), with complete benefit package
Salary: Up to $54,000 for Assistant Professor and up to $60,000 for Associate Professor, as per the CBA
Union Affiliation: MFPE
Start Date: August 1, 2024


The University of Montana Western is seeking a teacher-scholar to teach both lower-division and upper-division courses in psychology at the undergraduate level (three courses each semester). There is some flexibility in the course load, but we require a candidate who will be able to teach courses that complement existing content coverage. We are particularly interested in candidates interested in teaching courses like psychological statistics, research methods, cognitive psychology, comparative psychology, physiological psychology, neuropsychology, forensic psychology, health psychology, or multicultural psychology. The position may also involve teaching the introductory course or advanced special topics seminars, and directing student theses or internships.

Montana Western is defined by our Experience One model, in which students and faculty engage with a single course at a time, with a maximum of 25 students enrolled in each course. Each course meets for an intensive eighteen-day block, with classes meeting for three hours each day (Monday through Friday). The block schedule allows students time to engage with the authentic practices of the discipline, and Montana Western faculty have the flexibility to create experiential learning environments aligned with that mission. Tenured and tenure-track faculty at Montana Western generally teach three blocks per semester (a 3-3 teaching load), leaving one block (essentially a month) each semester when faculty can focus on research or other forms of professional development, as well as service activities.

We are searching for candidates who can demonstrate professionalism and good citizenship, evidence of the ability to maintain scholarly productivity within the UMW institutional context, and a commitment to professional service including guiding undergraduate research, advising, assessment efforts, committee work, and other departmental or university duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
  • Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in Psychology in hand by the start date.
  • Preparation to teach in complementary content areas.
  • Previous experience teaching in a face-to-face setting.
Additional Qualifications of Interest (Although These Are Not Required):
  • Demonstrated evidence of excellence in teaching.
  • A substantive background in statistics and research methods and experience teaching in these areas.
  • Substantial experience with research employing experimental methods.
  • Experience guiding undergraduate research.
The University & Dillon Area:

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 70 full-time faculty and more than 1,300 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.

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 on January 31, 2024, and continue until the position is filled.
Only complete applications will be reviewed.

A complete application includes:

  1. A Letter of Interest Detailing Qualifications
  2. A Current CV
  3. Copies of All Graduate-Level Transcripts
  4. Two Letters of Reference
  5. Names of and Contact Information for at Least Three Additional Professional References

    *Copies of Relevant Course Syllabi
    *Copies of Teaching Evaluations

If possible, please combine these documents into a single PDF.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Heather A. Haas, Ph.D. at

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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