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Assistant-Associate Professor of Fluvial Geomorphology- UM Western

University of Montana
Dillon, Montana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 3, 2024

Job Details

Assistant/Associate Professor of Fluvial Geomorphology

Department: Environmental 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 Collective Bargaining Agreement
Union Affiliation: Montana Federation of Public Employees (MFPE)
Starting Date: August 1, 2024
Benefits Include: I nsurance package, mandatory retirement plan, dependent partial tuition waiver, f aculty/staff tuition waiver, w ellness program, and pro-rated annual and sick leave.
Additional Support: The Block Hall science building renovation is in process, with fluvial geomorphology and sedimentology lab space. Available startup package of negotiable amount. Available short-term housing upon request.


The Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Montana Western seeks a field-based fluvial geomorphologist specializing in fluvial systems and soil science who is a passionate teacher and student-centered researcher. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the ability to use Montana Western’s unique immersion scheduling model ( Experience One ) to engage undergraduate students in field and project learning as a part of their teaching and research agenda. Our immersion-scheduling model, where students take, and faculty teach, a single class at a time, is central to the mission of the campus and an unparalleled opportunity for a talented and creative educator to merge research with student learning. Successful candidates will be able to clearly demonstrate how they will engage students in place-based field projects using the natural lab that is southwest Montana.

The Environmental Sciences Department consists of an interdisciplinary group of geoscientists dedicated to getting students into the field to work on real projects of value to society. We are good at what we do, having recently ranked the 5th best environmental sciences program in the nation by, and strive for continual improvement. We prepare our students to lead successful careers with natural resource management agencies, land conservation organizations, and private industries as environmental scientists, managers, sustainability specialists, and naturalists. Post-graduation placements from our programs are extremely high with an increasing number of students pursuing graduate programs. We also foster a family atmosphere, which we consider essential to student success and a positive faculty work environment.

As an undergraduate-serving institution, the candidate should be an engaging and dedicated teacher who is committed to undergraduate student learning and success through fieldwork and project-based research, especially using local field resources. Providing students with authentic practice in the discipline is central to our experiential focus. Teaching responsibilities include upper-level courses in hydrology, surficial processes, GIS & remote sensing, and soil science, and lower-level courses in physical and environmental geology. The teaching load is 12 semester credits, which are taught during three of four blocks per semester. The fourth block is for required professional development activities, including publishing results from class-based research, writing grants to further undergraduate research, collaborating with community partners, and presenting at professional meetings. The successful candidate will be able to advise, mentor, and support students, and supervise internships and senior theses as well as serve on campus committees and be an active member of the Montana Western campus community.

  • Doctorate (ABD considered) in geomorphology, hydrology, or a related geoscience field.
  • Demonstrated ability to merge research with field and project teaching using local resources and our unique immersion block, Experience One , scheduling system.
  • Demonstrated commitment to field-based, experiential learning and innovative undergraduate education, especially utilizing the natural lab that is southwest Montana.

  • Demonstrated evidence of excellence in undergraduate, project-based teaching.
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate research and obtaining support funding.
The University and Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 70 plus full-time faculty and over 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 (domestic and abroad), 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 approximately 4,000 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 January 22nd, 2024 but will remain open until the position is filled.

All application materials should be submitted as a single PDF file with page numbers . Candidates will need to successfully complete interview(s), where teaching evaluations may be requested.

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. A Teaching Philosophy Statement (less than 2 pages)
  3. A Research Statement (less than 2 pages)
  4. A Diversity Statement (less than 2 pages)
  5. Curriculum Vitae
  6. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.
  7. Official or Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required at time of hire)

Note: 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.

Questions regarding this position can be made to Dr. Arica Crootof, .

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


University of Montana.

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