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Assistant Professor of Equine Studies- UM Western

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Assistant Professor of Equine Studies

Department: Equine Studies
Position: Assistant Professor of Equine Studies, Full-time, tenure-track, 10-month position
Salary: Up to $54,000 Negotiable within the range established in the Collective Bargaining Agreement ($44,000 to $54,000)
Union Affiliation: MFPE
Start Date: August 1, 2024
Benefits Include:
  • Insurance package,
  • Mandatory retirement plan,
  • Dependent partial tuition waiver,
  • Faculty/staff tuition waiver
  • Wellness program:
  • Pro-rated annual and sick leave;

The ideal candidate for the Assistant Professor of Equine Studies would be enthusiastic about integrating equine behavior, equine health and management, and Natural Horsemanship into experiential learning courses on a block schedule.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in Equine Studies and possibly other Animal Science related areas. Courses may include Introduction to Equine Studies, Equine Selection and Judging, Basic Horse Care and Nutrition, Advanced Horse Care and Nutrition, Equine Science I and II, Equine Reproduction, Herd Behavior, Contemporary Issues and Ethics in the Equine Industry, and Equine Facilities Management. A candidate with experience or interest in acupuncture, chiropractic care, and equine rehabilitation would complement the current established curriculum well, and courses could be developed focused on these or other topics the candidate is passionate about.

Faculty workload includes teaching, scholarly activities, and service. Faculty contribute by participating on university committees, advising students, and supervising internships. Collaboration with community members, national and international supporters, and alumni helps to foster developing relationships and maintain established relationships for experiential teaching opportunities, funding, recruiting, graduate job opportunities, and event support.

  • The successful candidate will hold a doctoral degree (PHD) in Equine Science or an Animal Science discipline or a DVM/VMD in Veterinary Medicine.
  • They will have demonstrated the ability to work collegially with others and have evidence or potential of scholarly work.
  • Experience teaching at the collegiate level and a background in equine activities is desirable.
The University of Montana Western’s mission statement:

The University of Montana Western differentiates itself and achieves academic excellence by sustaining a culture of concentrated experiential education.

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 are expected 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.

The University and Dillon Area:

The University of Montana Western, located in Dillon, Montana is an innovative institution nestled in a scenic valley in the Rocky Mountains of southwestern Montana. The current campus student headcount is 1,300 and the Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) for student enrollment is approximately 1150.

Montana Western has over 60 full-time faculty members, features small classes for all students and has been recognized for excellence by U.S. News and World Report. Montana Western’s small size and focus on education innovation have earned it the reputation of being a place where faculty and staff chose to make a difference collegially and creatively in the education of students. Experience One provides the opportunity for excellent faculty to thrive. Montana Western faculty members have won five consecutive prestigious CASE/Carnegie Professor of the Year awards, including one U.S. Professor of the Year and four, nationally selected, Montana Professors of the Year. These were the last five CASE awards granted to any faculty members in the state of Montana. Montana Western is the first and only public four-year college in the nation to use block scheduling in which students take a single class at a time. This immersion learning program facilitates increased opportunities for experiential types of learning.

Dillon, a community of 5,000 people, 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.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to: Megan Kelly, DVM (Equine Studies Department Chair) at

* 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


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