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Adjunct Assistant Professor/Instructor of Biology

Department: Biology
Position: Adjunct Instructor
Salary Range: $3,044 – $3,444 per course
Posting Date: December 2019 


The University of Montana Western seeks applicants to fill a short term Adjunct Assistant Professor/Instructor position in the Biology Department during the 2020 spring semester.

We are looking for an individual to teach Biochemistry (BCH380). This class is during Block 8, which runs from April 13, 2020 through May 6, 2020. 

The successful candidate will teach one section of our Biochemistry course (BCH380) for Biology majors. Montana Western uses a block schedule where our classes all meet for at least three hours each day for 18 instructional days. The Biology 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. This course is capped at 24 students allowing for close interaction with undergraduate students. Inexpensive University housing is available for the successful candidate(s). 


Candidates with an earned Ph.D. in Biology 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 will be given preference.


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 materials must be sent 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 please contact Dr. Michael Morrow at

Review of application materials begins January 20, 2020 and will 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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