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Assistant/Associate Professor English - Multi-Ethnic Literatures

Department: English
Position:  Full-time (10 month), tenure-track position with full benefits
Salary Range:  Assistant Professor approximately  $52,000; Associate Professor approximately $58,000 depending on experience
Union Affiliation:  MFPE
Posting Date: December 2019
Start Date:  August 1, 2020


The University of Montana Western invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Department of English, commencing August 1, 2020. Applicants must have completed a doctorate in English with an emphasis on minority/multi-ethnic literature. Responsibilities will include teaching minority/multi-ethnic literature, including Native American literature; global literature (for majors and non-majors); first-year composition and developmental writing; and other classes as needed. The candidate will teach three 18-day courses (blocks) per semester within Montana Western’s unique system of experiential education, called Experience One (X1). Other duties include scholarly activity, participating in campus committees, attending faculty meetings, and (after first year) student advising.


Minimum qualifications include an earned doctorate in English, with specialization in multi-ethnic literature or minority literature.  Secondary specialization in global literature (period and region specialty open) preferred.  Demonstrated excellence in postsecondary teaching is required with proven experience in teaching upper-level literature classes as well as first-year composition and developmental writing. To be considered for this position, applicants must demonstrate the ability to create an experience-centered learning environment appropriate for X1-scheduling at Montana Western.  Applicants must possess an established record of scholarly productivity in the area of specialty and evidence of professional service.


To be considered, an application must include only these three components:

  • A letter of application
    • Letter must address ability to teach in the X1 scheduling system (see below). Letter must also demonstrate candidate’s commitment to teaching first year and first generation college students.
  • Detailed curriculum vitae.
  • Contact information, including email addresses, for three current professional references.

Do not send other materials unless requested.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Application material should be sent to:

Patti Lake
Payroll & Benefits Supervisor
The University of Montana Western
710 S Atlantic Street
Dillon, MT 59725

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Shane Borrowman at 406-683-7307 or by email at  Review of applications begins January 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

The University & Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 65 full-time faculty and 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. Qualified candidates may request veterans‚ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. Finalists for any position will be subject to a criminal background investigation.

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