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Temporary Chemistry Adjunct

Department: Environmental Sciences
Position available in: Chemistry (Ph.D. preferred), Non-tenure track
Salary Range: $3,044 – $3,444 per course Adjunct, Approx $36,000 Instructor, Approx $42,000 Assistant Professor
Posting Date: April 2019


The University of Montana Western seeks applicants to fill a one-year temporary Chemistry Assistant Professor/Instructor or adjunct instructor (teaching up to two courses) position in the Environmental Sciences Department during the 2019/2020 academic year.

We are looking for an individual or individuals to teach six Chemistry courses during the 2019/2020 academic year.

CHMY141 (College Chemistry 1)-Block 1, August 26, 2019 through September 18, 2019
CHMY143 (College Chemistry 2)- Block 2, September 23, 2019 through October 16, 2019
CHMY321 (Organic Chemistry 1)- Block 3, October 21, 2019 through November 13, 2019

CHMY323 (Organic Chemistry 2)- Block 6, February 10, 2020 through March 5, 2020
CHMY141 (College Chemistry 1)-Block 7, March 16, 2020 through April 8, 2020
CHMY143 (College Chemistry 2)-Block 8, April 13, 2020 through May 6, 2020

The successful candidate(s) will teach two sections each of our science major College Chemistry sequence, College Chemistry 1 (CHMY141) and College Chemistry 2 (CHMY143), and one section each of our Organic Chemistry sequence for Biology majors, Organic Chemistry 1 (CHMY321) and Organic Chemistry 2 (CHMY323).

Montana Western uses a block schedule where our classes all meet for at least three hours each day for 17 or 18 instructional days. The Environmental Science Department’s courses are designed to provide students with authentic experiential learning opportunities that integrate both lecture and lab/field topics most days of the block. This is an outstanding opportunity for candidates who are trying to gain undergraduate teaching experience, or for candidates who would like to experience what teaching on a unique block schedule involves. All courses will be capped at 24 students allowing for close interaction with undergraduate students. Candidates interested in teaching individual courses or all six courses are encouraged to apply.

Inexpensive University housing is available for the successful candidate(s).


Candidates with an earned Ph.D. in Chemistry or a closely related field are preferred, but ABD and candidates with an earned M.S. degree will also be considered. Candidates with experience and evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching in general and organic chemistry will be given preference, as will candidates that are interested in teaching all six courses. 


Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, transcripts and contact information for three professional teaching references.   Application materials may also be made into a single pdf file and attached to an email. Please submit materials to:

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

For questions or additional information relating to the position(s) please contact Dr. Michael Morrow at or by phone at 406-683-7254.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position(s) is/are 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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