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Assistant-Associate Professor of History

The University of Montana Western
Job Location:
Dillon, 59725
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Job Description

Assistant/Associate Professor of History

Department: History, Philosophy & Social Sciences
Position: Full Time (10 Month), Tenure-Track position with complete benefits package
Wage: Up to $54,000 for Assistant Professor and up to $60,000 for Associate Professor, as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)
Union Affiliation: MFPE
Starting Date: August 1, 2024
Benefits Include:

  • Insurance package,
  • Mandatory retirement plan,
  • Dependent partial tuition waiver,
  • Faculty/staff tuition waiver
  • Wellness program:


The University of Montana Western invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in American History, to begin August 2024. Area of specialization is open, but priority will be given to candidates with teaching and/or research background in the history of the American West. As the main American historian in a small department, the successful candidate will teach both American history survey courses, upper division courses in the area of specialty, and demonstrate a breadth of teaching interest/experience.

Montana Western is defined by our Experience One mode, in which students and faculty engage in one course at a time. Each course meets for an intensive eighteen-day block, Monday-Friday, for three hours per day. Block scheduling allows students to engage with the authentic practices of the discipline, and faculty are expected to create experiential learning environments that align with that overall mission. Tenure-track faculty teach a 3/3 load, which leaves one block per semester free for faculty to focus on research, new course preparation, service activities, and other forms of professional development.

We are searching for candidates who can demonstrate professionalism and good citizenship, evidence of the ability to maintain scholarly productivity, and a commitment to professional service including guiding undergraduate research, advising, assessment efforts, committee work, and other departmental or university duties as assigned.


  • PhD (or ABD) in American History, by the start date,
  • Previous teaching experience in a face-to-face course setting


  • Demonstrable experience in the history of the American West

The University and Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 70 full-time faculty and over 1,200 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. Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UMW may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UMW, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).


Review of applications will begin immediately, but will remain open until the position is filled.

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest– addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable.
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Detailed Resume
  3. Official or Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (Official transcripts will be required at time of hire)
  4. Professional References– names and contact information for three (3) professional references.
  5. If available: Copies of teaching evaluations and relevant course syllabi.

*Questions regarding this position should be directed to Aaron Weinacht, PhD., at

**Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

***Applying through or easy apply through may result in submission of an incomplete application.  Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply" section.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure complete application materials are submitted and received by the date listed above. 

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