Chemical Education Faculty Position at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas

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.

How to Apply: Please submit the following documents in a single pdf file:

* A letter of interest that addresses the candidate’s potential for success including their demonstrated potential for teaching excellence, a list of chemistry course/topics they are able to teach effectively, and their plan for research at a primarily undergraduate institution
* Curriculum vitae (CV)
* A diversity statement (150 words max) describing the candidate’s experiences working with students and staff from diverse backgrounds and explaining how the candidate’s experiences have reflected and formed their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
* Names and contact information for three professional references

Minimum Qualifications:

* Ph.D. in chemistry (or closely related field) from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution. ABD applicants will be considered.
* Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
* Ability to communicate chemistry concepts effectively to a diverse group of undergraduate students in both lecture and laboratory settings.

Preferred Qualifications:

* experience in chemical education research
* proficiency with curriculum development and assessment
* demonstrated effective undergraduate teaching
* demonstrated ability to foster an inclusive learning environment for students
* plan for a viable research program involving undergraduate students that can be pursued in a regional comprehensive university environment
* demonstrated interdisciplinary research in chemistry-related areas
* experience in developing externally funded research program

Benefits: Competitive benefit package

Deadline: October 26, 2022. Review of applications will begin after the priority deadline and continue until the position is filled.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Dr. Krisztina Bencze

Chemistry Department

Fort Hays State University

600 Park Street

Hays, Kansas 67601-4099


Phone: 785-628-5386

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 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.

About the College:

The Werth College of Science, Technology, and Mathematics (WCOSTM) was formed in 2015 by aggregating the departments of Agriculture, Applied Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geosciences, Mathematics, and Physics, as well as the Sternberg Museum of Natural History and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The academic units consist of approximately 75 full-time faculty, 1400 undergraduate majors, and 50 graduate students. Undergraduate students participate in technical, classroom, field, and lab experiences that many universities would reserve for graduate students. The wide range of academic programs are innovative, and college faculty embrace a one-on-one teaching and mentoring philosophy, while providing robust scholarship opportunities for our students.

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.

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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