Fort Hays State University seeks Instructor – Biological Sciences Department

Nine month faculty position to start Fall 2017 with possible renewal in Fall 2018. Teaching responsibility includes typically 12 credit hours per semester. The successful applicant will assist the department by teaching introductory biology lecture/labs for majors and non-majors and service courses for health profession majors. The new faculty member might offer an upper division specialty course as appropriate to the candidate’s background, meeting departmental enrollment needs, and complementary to existing expertise within the department. Instructors are expected to actively participate in advising, scholarly activities, and service.

MS or ABD in biology or closely related field.
Teaching experience
Earned PhD in biology or closely related field.
Higher education teaching experience (lecture and lab)
Proven ability to advise and mentor students (academic and research)
Plans for research program involving undergraduate students
Strong communication skills
Excellent organizational skills
Instructor or assistant professor
10 August 2017
Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Competitive benefit package
Teaching lecture and lab classes in biology
Academic advising
Research mentoring
Departmental service
Scholarly research
Cover letter
Curriculum vitae
Transcripts (unofficial is sufficient, but the successful candidate must to be able to produce official
transcripts to complete hiring process). Names, email addresses, and phone numbers for three professional references. Please submit one PDF with all of the required documents.
APPLICATION PROCESS: To apply for this position, please visit the Human Resource Office webpage
at and click on Employment Opportunities. Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.
If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Name: Dr. Rob Channell
Phone:785 628-2414
The Department of Biological Sciences has 12 full-time faculty positions representing the disciplines of anatomy, botany, ecology, microbiology, molecular biology, physiology, and zoology. The department offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology. Graduate teaching assistants facilitate teaching undergraduate labs; additional graduate assistantships are available through the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, and four donor supported research fellowships. Available
departmental research resources include a microbiology and molecular biology research lab, extensive aquatic and terrestrial sampling equipment, excellent computing and GIS facilities, outstanding technical support, large museum collections for plants, insects, and vertebrates, a 1,000-acre tract of native prairie, greenhouse and other related resources. The department is housed in Albertson Hall, which includes fully mediated classrooms and laboratories. The department employs a full-time lab coordinator and office manager, and a half-time greenhouse manager.
The Werth College of Science, Technology and Mathematics was formed in 2015 by bringing together the departments of Agriculture, Applied Technology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geosciences, Mathematics, and Physics. The college has 68 full-time faculty, about 1100 undergraduate majors, and 55 graduate students. It also makes significant contributions to the university’s General Education program and to the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science, which is an early-college
program for high-achieving high school students. A new applied technology building is under construction and will complement existing state of the art facilities. Undergraduate students participate in technical, classroom, field, and lab experiences that many schools would reserve for graduate students. Our academic programs are innovative and our facilities are outstanding. The Werth College of Science, Technology and Mathematics teachers embrace a one-on-one teaching and mentoring philosophy, and provide robust research opportunities for our students.
Forward Thinking. World Ready – Fort Hays State University is a highly entrepreneurial teaching focused institution with major operations on-campus, online and in China. Providing a private education at a low state price, FHSU is ranked by the Chronicle of Higher Ed as one of the fastest growing universities in the U.S. It has an enrollment in excess of 14,000 students and over 380 full time faculty. Bachelors, master’s
and professional doctoral degrees are offered through five Colleges, the Graduate School, the Virtual College, and various international partnerships. Fort Hays State University’s award-winning Virtual College coordinates distance education to over 9,000 students. The Virtual College has received many accolades, including U.S. News & World Report Online Programs rankings,, Best Buys in Education, among others. Students at FHSU may select a major field of study from 30 departments. FHSU is fully accredited by several national agencies, and is one of six state-assisted institutions of higher
education governed by a Board of Regents appointed by the governor of the state of Kansas.|

The University has rich sports and cultural programming, all of which enjoy tremendous community support. The Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center is home to the Encore Series which hosts many travelling Broadway shows, the Hays Symphony, university and other national and world caliber performances. Fort Hays State University athletic events provide NCAA Division II athletic entertainment

FHSU is located in Hays, a vibrant university community of approximately 20,000, located half-way between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70. Hays is the regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, and recreation for the western half of Kansas – serving a population of nearly 400,000. Hays boasts excellent recreational facilities including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, Smokey Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf
Course, an extensive recreational program, and excellent opportunities for walking, running, and biking.

Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes providing boating, fishing, and camping. The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting service to Denver with several flights daily. The community has award winning public and private schools. With over 60 restaurants, robust retail outlets, one of the lowest unemployment rates and commute times in the U.S., the city provides a safe, very friendly, low cost, high-quality living environment.
Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity

Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status. Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

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