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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry at Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays State University
Hays, Kansas
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 5, 2022

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Field of specialization
Work Function
Research-Applied, Research-Basic, Teaching-Undergraduate
Job Type
Full time

Job Details

The Department of Chemistry at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) invites applications for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry starting in August 2023. The successful applicant is expected to excel in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, primarily in organic chemistry and potentially other chemistry-related courses, based on the candidate’s specialty and departmental need. Additionally, the candidate is anticipated to conduct scholarly/research activities related to the field, provide research training to students with diverse backgrounds, and engage in professional development and mentoring opportunities. The candidate is also expected to have a strong service commitment to the department, the College, the University, the community, and the chemistry profession and to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in their role as a scholar and educator.

The typical distribution of assigned responsibilities is 60% instruction, 20% scholarship, and 20% service, although this may be negotiated depending on the needs of the department in consultation with the department chair. A typical teaching load is equivalent to 12 credit hours per semester. The ideal candidate may be suited to teach other courses in the following areas: general, analytical, inorganic, physical, polymer chemistry, and materials science.

FHSU and the Department of Chemistry are committed to building an inclusive and representative environment for our students and state. We encourage women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.


About the Department:

The FHSU chemistry department ( has eight full-time faculty positions representing all of the major sub-disciplines of chemistry.  At the undergraduate level, we offer B.A. and ACS-approved B.S. degrees with optional emphases in biochemistry, forensic science, and teacher education.  At the graduate level, we collaboratively support the chemistry concentrations of two master’s degrees: the Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) and the Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.). Our instructional methodology strongly emphasizes a hands-on approach to instrumentation in laboratory courses at all levels.  The department is housed on the third floor of Tomanek Hall and includes state-of-the-art laboratories, chemistry instrumentation, and fully mediated classrooms.


Community of Hays

FHSU is located in Hays, a vibrant college town of approximately 20,000, located halfway 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. The community boasts excellent recreational programs and facilities, including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, and extensive walking, running, and biking trails. Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes that offer great opportunities for boating, fishing, and camping. The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting service to Denver with several flights daily. The Hays community is home to excellent Pre-K and K-12, public and private schools. With over 60 restaurants, major retail outlets, a low unemployment rate, and very short commute times, the city provides a safe, welcoming, low-cost, high-quality living environment for the residents who call "Hays, America" home.


Founded in 1902, Fort Hays State University (FHSU) is a leading, forward-thinking university in the Midwest, with student enrollment of approximately 13,000 divided primarily among the Hays campus, fully online programs, and partnerships with two universities in China. Over 400 faculty and more than 500 professional/staff support, guided degree, certificate programs for the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s programs, and for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice, representing 31 departments within these academic divisions:


  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences W.R. and Yvonne Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship College of Education College of Health and Behavioral Sciences Peter Werth College of Science, Technology, and Mathematics Graduate School

FHSU provides exceptional opportunities for students from Kansas, the region, and the world. The University attracts goal-oriented students who want premier learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom combined with one-to-one attention and support. FHSU students graduate with the knowledge, professional skills, and confidence to have a competitive edge in their chosen careers. Upon graduation, 95% of FHSU students find a job or placement in graduate school.


FHSU 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.


FHSU embraces diversity and promotes inclusion. The University actively seeks individuals who will foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with co-workers, students, and others. The University’s JEDI (Justice, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion) program is an integral part of its strategic plan.


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