Visiting Assistant Professor Mineralogy/Metamorphic Petrology at Montana State

published Oct 12, 2012 11:39am
Department of Earth Sciences -- Mineralogy/Metamorphic Petrology, Assistant Visiting Professor
College of Letters and Science
Search Number 12249-22

Start Date January 2013

Appointment Non-Tenure Track appointment

Community Information
Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 14,000 students, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.
MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The local airport is served by seven national airlines with over twenty flights a day to nine cities.
Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Powder Magazine identified Bozeman, with "three distinctly different" major ski resorts within an hours drive, as the number one place to live and ski in its November 2010 Magazine. ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of Americas most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.

The Department of Earth Sciences is in the College of Letters and Science and strives to understand the Earth System from its core to the top of the atmosphere including the relationship between humans and the planet. Additional information on faculty research interests and courses may be found on the departmental website at The successful candidate will work with 12 tenure-track faculty, a GIS instructor, three research scientists, two administrative assistants, 21 Ph.D. students, 40 MSc. students, and 280 undergraduate majors. The Department maintains a close working relationship with the Image and Chemical Analysis Lab at MSU ( for access to SEM/EDS/EBSD/CL, XRD, and spectroscopic analysis of Earth materials.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Department of Earth Sciences seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor in the field of mineralogy/petrology to teach Earth System Science (introductory), Earth Materials, Mineralogy, and upper division Metamorphic Petrology courses beginning January 1, 2013. The successful candidate will teach Earth Sciences majors and non-majors and advise undergraduate students in the Geology option in the Department of Earth Sciences. There are opportunities to supervise and contribute to undergraduate and graduate research projects. This is a one year appointment for spring and fall semesters 2013.

Required Qualifications
1. Ph.D. or ABD in geology or field related to mineralogy and petrology.

Preferred Qualifications
1. Demonstrated ability to teach large introductory classes in Earth Science, as well as upper division undergraduate courses in Earth Materials, Mineralogy and Petrology.

Additional Requirements
In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Application Procedure
Interested applicants should send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for no more than three referees to: Petrology Search Committee, Earth Sciences, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717. Screening will begin November 2, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries can be sent to: Dr. David Mogk, Head, Dept. of Earth Sciences , 406-994-6916.
In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

Posted 10/02/12