Assistant Professor – Geosciences (R-0555) Fall 2018

Hays, Kansas
Sep 07, 2017
Faculty Jobs
Social Sciences, Geography
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Responsibilities:  The Department of Geosciences at Fort Hays State University is accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track, nine-month Assistant-Professor of hydrogeology starting August 2018. Teaching duties include a typical load of 12 credit hours (3–4 courses) per semester. Online and summer teaching offer opportunities for supplemental salary. Faculty are expected to develop an independent research program that involves undergraduate and graduate students, and the university offers annual grant opportunities to support these efforts. Other duties include research, service, and advising of students in our undergraduate and graduate programs.

Qualifications:  A Ph.D. in Geology or closely related field is required (ABD will be considered). Applicants must demonstrate effective teaching, communication, and interaction with students and colleagues. The successful candidate must have expertise in hydrogeology or a closely related topic. Preference will be given to applicants who can teach structural geology as well as develop and/or teach online courses for our successful Virtual College. Other geosciences experiences or expertise will be valued, including geophysics, geomorphology, remote sensing, GIS, etc. Collegiality within a department that includes geology and geography is very important.

Benefits: Competitive benefit package

Application Process:  To apply for this position, please visit  Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.  Submit one PDF with all of the required application documents.

Application Documents:  A complete application includes a C.V., contact information for at least three references, and a cover letter specifying: how your credentials match the job description, a statement of teaching philosophy, goals for scholarship, and expectations for student engagement. Review of applications will begin on 27 October 2017.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Dr. Hendratta Ali
Chair of the Geology Search Committee

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.

Notice to KPERS retirees applying for a position: Recent legislation changes working-after-retirement rules for both you and your employer if you go back to work for a KPERS employer. Please contact your KPERS representative or for further information on how this might affect you.

The Department of Geosciences has eight full-time faculty members and five active adjunct faculty with expertise in geology and geography. The Department offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geosciences, and GTAs are assigned to assist faculty with instruction.

Our offices, classrooms, labs, and research spaces are all located in a contemporary science building on the FHSU campus. The Department has a rock lab that, in addition to storing rock and mineral samples, houses petrographic thin-sectioning equipment, including oil- and water-based rock saws and lapidary wheels. Rock- and sediment-sampling equipment include a chainsaw core drill, a soil-sampling kit, a rock crusher, and a rock pulverizer. We also have water-quality and dye-tracing equipment for in situ geochemical monitoring and underground water flow and geophysics equipment including a magnetometer, a resistivity system, a seismic reflection/refraction unit, and two radiometers.

Other departmental resources include a stable isotope geochemistry preparation lab. This lab is equipped with a fume hood (with chemical storage), centrifuges, a heating/drying oven, balances, vortex mixer, and standard lab plastic and glassware. Standard chemicals are available in the Department of Chemistry’s chemical store. Our GIS lab, housing 20 desktop computers equipped with software supporting GIS (ArcGIS 10.1), seismic interpretation (IHS Kingdom, Seisware 8.0), and subsurface mapping (Petra, Surfer, Strata), is available to faculty and students for classwork and research. FHSU is home to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, which holds geology, paleontology, and zoology specimens available for research; it is also a federal repository for specimens collected from public lands.  For more information about the department, please visit

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 high-quality education at an affordable price, FHSU is ranked by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the top ten fastest growing universities in the U.S.  It has an enrollment in excess of 14,000 students (Approximately 5,000 on campus, 3,500 in China, and over 6,000 online) and over 380 full time faculty.  Bachelors, masters and professional doctoral degrees are offered through five colleges, the Graduate School, the Honors College, the Virtual College, and various international partnerships.   Fort Hays State University's award-winning Virtual College coordinates distance education to the U.S. Armed Services and students in over 20 countries.  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 website ranked the Fort Hays State campus as the safest in 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 22,000, located half way between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70.  Hays has received numerous recent accolades such as being voted an All-American City, second best city in the state to raise children, and also the third best small college town in America.  It 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, the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Smoky 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.

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