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About University of Providence

The University of Providence
is a four-year, private, Catholic liberal arts university with a main campus located in Great Falls, Montana offering both face-to-face and online programs. The University is committed to its mission of preparing students for living and making a living. Founded by the Sisters of Providence, the University is a ministry of Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) and continues to create academic programs to address current and future workforce needs for the healthcare system and industry. Shared values of respect, compassion, justice, excellence and stewardship shape the missions of both the University and PSJH.


Essential Position Purpose

The University of Providence seeks candidates for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in English. Candidates must be able to support and promote the University’s Mission, Catholic identity, and Liberal Arts/Professional Education traditions.  We seek a highly collegial faculty member committed to welcoming students into the University community, to holistically forming students, and to helping students orient themselves among and excel in varying types of academic writing and inquiry.  Teaching load is 24 credits per academic year.  Teaching responsibility primarily comprised of a variety of undergraduate composition courses: first-year writing, developmental writing, and upper-level writing in the discipline’s courses.  A portion of those courses may be online, including intensive, 8-week writing courses for students in the University’s School of Health Professions.  Some of this load likely will take the form of work with the writing center and/or the WAC/WID initiative.  Service to the English program, Humanities department, Lumen de Lumine core curriculum, university, profession, and community are also essential to the position.

Key Working Relationships

  • Students from diverse range of backgrounds
  • Colleagues in the English program and Humanities department
  • Colleagues from across disciplines in both School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (SLAS) and School of Health Professions (SHP), particularly those teaching writing-intensive courses
  • Staff in Academic Success Center, Teaching & Learning Center, Registrar’s Office, Provost’s Office, Mission Office, Student Affairs, and Athletics
  • Department Chair, Core Curriculum Director, Deans of SLAS and SHP, Provost



  • Teaching a combined total of 12 credits per semester (fall and spring) in undergraduate programs. Nine-month contract with summer teaching possibilities.
  • Developing and instructing courses in developmental writing, first-year writing, and upper-division writing in the disciplines, with further possibility of developing and teaching interdisciplinary courses and first-year seminar core curriculum courses.
  • Contributing to the intellectual life of the Humanities department and university.
  • Regularly engaging in mission-focused service to the university, community, and profession.
  • Staying up-to-date and actively engaging in professional disciplinary conversations (through conference presentations, publication, service, etc.) about best practices in writing instruction.
  • Advising undergraduate students as needed.
  • Sharing responsibility for program, WAC, and Core assessment and development.
  • Performing all duties in a manner which reflects the University and PSJH mission and philosophy.


Essential Position Competencies And Requirements

  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to accommodate a variety of teaching situations including a wide range of student preparedness.
  • Ability to work effectively with teams and individuals of various ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the University of Providence’s mission as a private Catholic liberal arts institution that prepares students for living and making a living.



  • Applicant should hold a Ph.D. in Rhetoric/Composition, English, or a closely related field. ABD candidates who are nearing completion of the dissertation considered.



  • Applicant must be able to provide evidence of success in teaching first-year and developmental undergraduate writing courses.
  • Applicant must be able to provide evidence of substantial, successful collaboration with colleagues in an academic context
  • Preference given to candidates who have experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Online writing instruction
    • Best practices for instructing nontraditional adult learners
    • Writing center theory and practice
    • WAC/WID work
    • Writing program assessment
    • Liberal Arts curricula



  • Models a passionate commitment to the Mission, values and work of the University of Providence through self-understanding, authenticity and spiritual grounding and inspires others to bring forth their best.
  • Models high standards of honesty, integrity, trust and ethical behavior.
  • Balances the Common Good with the needs of the most vulnerable in decision-making.
  • Delivers results by implementing with persistence, and follows through on both strategic and tactical objectives.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity while driving for results.
  • Is reflective and instills trust through openness, respect and honesty with others at all times.
  • Is nimble and flexible, and manages competing priorities effectively.
  • Provides superior customer service and motivates others to ensure the same customer-focused intensity.
  • Handles conflict effectively.
  • Proven ability to interact professionally with employees at all levels of the organization in a courteous and cooperative manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative and collaborative work environment.
  • Proficiency with automated and integrated software systems and Microsoft Office products.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality.


Position Details

Position Type:
FLSA: Exempt
FTE: 1.0 Benefit eligible; full time, tenure-track
Location: Great Falls, MT campus


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, UP application, and three professional references to


Employment Application (PDF)

Summary of Benefits (PDF)

The University of Providence is a Catholic, student-centered, mission-focused university. For more information, please contact Human Resources at 406.791.5976.

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