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Instructor/Assistant Professor of Special Education

Department:  Education
Full-time Temporary (10-month), non-tenure track position. The position may extend to a second year contingent upon funding.
Salary: Instructor approximately $38,000; Assistant Professor approximately $42,000; Associate Professor approximately $48,000 depending on experience/academic year plus full benefits
Union Affiliation: MFPE
Posting Date:  October 2018
Start Date: January 1, 2019 or August 1, 2019


Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to: teaching (approximately 75% of assignment) and advising (approximately 25% of assignment) undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students.  Teaching assignments could include courses in special education, school law, educational psychology, and foundations of education.  Courses will be taught in both online and face-to-face formats. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with university faculty, staff, and students.

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 hold a master’s or doctorate in Special Education. S/he will have taught for three or more years in a K-12 setting. Candidate will have demonstrated success teaching face-to-face and online courses at the post-secondary level. Preference will be given to individuals who hold an endorsement in Special Education. The ability to work well as a member of a team is essential.


Application materials should include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, copies of all graduate or professional level transcripts, and names and contact information for at least 4 professional references.  Application materials should be sent to:

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

For questions, call (406) 683-7392. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 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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