Commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications
Internal Number: FAC - VA - 23007
This tenure-track position in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology requires that the successful candidate develop an innovative and collaborative teaching program, develop a focused program of research/creative activity directed at solving issues in entomology relevant to Montana and the region and that address MSU’s Grand Challenges.
We seek a highly qualified and enthusiastic entomologist to contribute to our programs. The appointment is 60% research, 30% teaching, and 10% service. The successful candidate will develop an innovative and collaborative teaching program relevant to the missions of the Department, College and University. Instructional responsibilities include four 3-credit courses in a two-year cycle. A University Core course such as BIOO-162CS Insects and Human Society will be taught yearly, plus two courses contributing to the M.S. Entomology program in alternate years. Additional graduate seminars, directed studies, and other high-quality, high-impact educational practices are encouraged. The successful candidate will also advise undergraduate and graduate students in academic and research/creative activities that relate to entomology and related programs.
This full time, 9-month academic year tenure-track position requires that the successful candidate develop a focused program of research/creative activity directed at solving issues in entomology relevant to Montana and the region and that addresses MSU’s Grand Challenges (https://www.montana.edu/strategicplan/improvinglives.html).
The successful individual will support their research with extramural funding and publish original research in refereed journals and other appropriate venues. Possible research areas include but are not limited to agricultural, ecological, physiological, genetic, plant-insect interaction, apiculture, aquatic, biodiversity evolutionary, evo-devo, and other areas of entomology. Collaborative research and scholarship related to teaching and learning are also encouraged. Active participation and service in professional entomology organizations is expected.
Montana State University was established in 1893 under the land grant mission to further the education of students in the region and to institute research facilities to serve the broader constituency. Located in Bozeman, in the beautiful Gallatin Valley of Southwest Montana, the outdoors are an important part of our classroom and laboratory. MSU has by far the largest enrollment and is the largest research university in Montana. For a third year running, Montana State University recorded an all-time high for research expenditures, tallying more than $193 million for the fiscal year ending in June 2021. Over the last decade, MSU has earned a reputation for high research activity. Currently MSU is ranked as "very high research activity" under The Carnegie Classification of Institutions. The Entomology Group is a multi-departmental group of faculty that teach and advise graduate students in the Entomology MS and Entomology Minor programs, as well as related Ph.D. programs. Specialized entomology facilities include an insect quarantine facility in the Plant Growth Center, a bee yard, the Pollinator Health Center, the Schutter Diagnostic Lab, and the Montana Entomology Collection. Entom...ology teaching collections for general entomology, insect identification, aquatic entomology, veterinary entomology and insect morphology are also available.
The Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology has 29 tenured/tenure-track faculty, with major emphases on plant genetics and plant pathology. The PSPP department is a team of scientists and educators passionate about plants, their associated organisms, and environments. We strive to create and disseminate new knowledge to advance an understanding of fundamental questions in plant sciences and plant pathology and applied aspects of agriculture, horticulture, and the designed landscape, based on community-driven needs and promote environmental stewardship at local, national, and international scales. We provide a robust and future-oriented education to a highly motivated, critical-thinking, and diverse student body that equips them to succeed. The faculty includes plant breeders, plant physiologists, horticulturists, entomologists, plant pathologists, and virologists. The departmental research focus on plant genetics and plant pathology provides excellent opportunities for collaboration. The Department and University have state-of-the-art facilities for electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, and excellent plant growth facilities. Field research facilities are available both near campus and at seven Research Centers located strategically throughout the state. The Department offers both MS and PhD degrees in Plant Pathology and Plant Science.
The Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences (LRES) is in the College of Agriculture at Montana State University. Our work spans land resources and environmental science and management, and includes cutting-edge, innovative teaching, fundamental and applied research, and highly effective outreach and service to a broad range of public and private entities. Our faculty offer broad expertise related to soils, microorganisms, insects, plants, climate and water to achieve an integrated multi-scale and multi-disciplinary approach to understanding and managing ecosystems. We address issues related to natural and managed landscapes such as cropland, rangeland, forests, reclaimed land, polar and geothermal environments, and protected natural areas, with fundamental and applied investigations in agriculture, environmental science, land management, and natural resources. We advance scientific understanding across spatial and temporal scales, and apply this understanding for effective land management, informed adoption of sustainability practices, and broad education of students in preparation for careers in the agricultural and environmental sciences. LRES consists of 35 research and teaching faculty, about 250 undergraduate students, 25 thesis M.S., 110 online MS, and 25 Ph.D. graduate students, and 40 technical and postdoctoral scientists, and has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration within the department and across the institution and State. The Department is supported through the College of Agriculture, the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Extension Service, which work together to generate and disseminate knowledge and technological solutions to increase the competitiveness of Montana agricultural and natural resource enterprises.
The Department of Research Centers represents the faculty and staff who conduct research and outreach programs at seven off-campus Agricultural Research Centers (ARC) located near Corvallis, Conrad, Havre, Huntley, Kalispell, Moccasin, and Sidney, Montana. Faculty members at each ARC are expected to develop both independent and collaborative research programs addressing local, regional and/or statewide production issues. Collaboration with other scientists, particularly on-campus faculty in the College of Agriculture, is strongly encouraged.