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Assistant/Associate Professor of Psychology

Department: History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences
Position: Full-time (10-month), tenure-track position plus full benefits
Salary: Assistant Professor approximately $52,000; Associate Professor approximately $58,000 depending on experience
Union Affiliation: MFPE
Posting Date:     September 2019
Start Date:          August 1, 2020 


 Responsibilities will include teaching both General Education and upper division courses in psychology. The candidate must demonstrate commitment to teaching research methods at the undergraduate level, with a focus on experimental methods, and to serving as the primary experimental methods consultant for research in the department.  Although there is some flexibility in the actual course load, we require a candidate who will be able to teach content courses that will complement existing departmental strengths; in addition to teaching undergraduate research/experimental methods, we seek candidates who have the expertise to offer coursework in some combination of the following: physiological and/or neuropsychology, statistics, cognitive psychology, comparative psychology, and the introductory course. Additional teaching duties may include directing theses and internships, and teaching other courses as departmental needs demand.

The University of Montana Western’s mission statement states: The University of Montana Western differentiates itself and achieves academic excellence by sustaining a culture of concentrated experiential education. All Montana Western faculty are therefore expected to create experiential learning environments where students take an active role in their own learning.

The successful candidate will also be expected to demonstrate the ability to maintain scholarly productivity in the area of specialty, professionalism, good citizenship, and a commitment to professional service including advising, assessment efforts, committee work, and other departmental or university duties as assigned. 


Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in Psychology in hand by the start date; we will consider any candidates whose degree fields indicate expertise in any of the teaching areas listed above. Please note that at The University of Montana Western educational psychology is a part of the curriculum offered through the education department and is not a specialization of the psychology department.

Previous experience teaching at least some of the listed content courses is strongly preferred, especially if the evidence demonstrates the potential for excellence in future teaching.  Experience teaching in a time-compressed format is also desirable.

Because we are seeking a candidate who specializes in experimental methods, evidence of experimental research experience is strongly preferred as is evidence of quantitative research experience beyond the dissertation. Experience with undergraduate research is also preferred, and experience guiding student-driven undergraduate research projects is strongly preferred. We would also be very interested in applicants who have experience with online data collection, big data, and/or confirmatory data analytics.


Application materials should include a letter of interest detailing qualifications, a curriculum vitae, copies of all graduate level transcripts, two letters of reference, and names and contact information for at least three additional professional references. When available, we would also be interested in seeing copies of (relevant) course syllabi and teaching evaluations. Application materials should be sent to:

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

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Heather A. Haas, Ph.D. at or call (406) 683-7265.

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2019 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.

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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