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Assistant/Associate Professor of Mathematics

Department: Mathematics
Position: Full-time (10-month), tenure-track position
Salary: Assistant Professor approximately $48,000; Associate Professor approximately $52,000 depending on experience/academic year plus full benefits
Union Affiliation: MFPE
Posting Date:  January 2019
Start Date: August 1, 2019


The Department of Mathematics at the University of Montana Western is recruiting a motivated colleague to assist in developing and implementing its revised core curriculum for its B.S. Mathematics degree. The degree is highly focused on mathematical modeling and data analysis in data-intensive fields such as genomics, ecology, structural geology, information science, etc.  In support of this degree, the department invites applications for a full-time assistant/associate professor (three, four-credit courses per semester) that will be focused on the effective teaching of courses that could include probability, courses from our calculus sequence, and some general education courses and/or developmental courses.  A variety of interdisciplinary undergraduate research opportunities will be threaded longitudinally through the revised curriculum, including in many 100-level classes.  The successful candidate would be expected to support and add to the development of these opportunities.

Since 2005, the University of Montana Western has been the only publicly funded, four-year baccalaureate degree granting university to operate fully on a block schedule. Each semester, students enroll in a full time load of four courses that they take one at a time for three hours per day for 18 consecutive weekdays.  Experiential learning, in the sense that it is the authentic practice of a given academic discipline, is emphasized at UMW.  Under the curriculum for the B.S. Mathematics degree, this is specifically taken to mean that students will engage in undergraduate research activities that will be designed to help prepare them for professional work in mathematics or statistics upon graduation.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate must possess the following qualifications:

  • Will earn a Ph.D. in mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, or related area by the appointment date.
  • Can demonstrate success at promoting a high level of student achievement in a challenging mathematical curriculum.
  • Has documented experience at teaching effectively under a block schedule (preferred) OR is enthusiastic about working with existing mathematics department faculty in order to learn how to do so.
  • Can provide a record of successful involvement in and promotion of undergraduate research in mathematical modeling (especially if using stochastic techniques), statistics, data mining, or related areas, both for upper-level students and for 100-level students (preferred). If no such record exists, the successful candidate should be able to offer a plan for developing this area of their professional profile.
  • Has demonstrated ability to work with all undergraduate students, from developmental students to mathematics majors.


A complete application includes:

  • A cover letter including concise statements that specifically illustrate how the candidate meets or exceeds each of the qualifications for the position that are listed above.
  • A current curriculum vita
  • Unofficial academic transcripts that verify the required degree qualifications (official transcripts will be required at the time of hire)
  • A well-composed essay outlining how the candidate would use the strengths of the block system and overcome the challenges presented by the block system at the University of Montana Western, both in teaching and in research.
  • A list of four current professional references and their telephone and email contact information. These references should be able to speak frankly to the candidate’s qualifications for this position.

Application materials should be emailed in the form of a single PDF to:

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

Inquiries can be made to Professor Eric Dyreson at (406) 683-7275; or Professor Debbie Seacrest at (406) 683-7273; Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The University & Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 60 full-time faculty and 1,500 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. The Chronicle of Higher Education and U.S. News and World Report have recently recognized Montana Western for educational excellence and our faculty have been awarded numerous Carnegie/CASE Professor of the Year awards, including the first U.S. Professor of the Year awarded to a Montana professor.

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 this position will be subject to a criminal background investigation.

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