The Department of Chemistry at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) invites applications for a full-time, 9-month, non-tenure-track Assistant Professor of Chemistry position with an expertise in Chemical Education starting in August 2023. The successful applicant is expected to excel in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in chemistry, chemical education, and potentially GOB (general, organic, and biochemistry) courses based on the candidate’s specialty and departmental need. In addition, the applicant 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.
FHSU and the Department of Chemistry are committed to building an environment that is inclusive and representative of our students and state. We encourage women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.
About the Department:
The FHSU chemistry department (www.fhsu.edu/chemistry) 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 the 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.