Tenure‐track Assistant Professor‐ Department of Biological Sciences (R-01352)

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Position Description:
The Department of Biological Sciences is seeking a dynamic and innovative colleague to collaborate with an established and productive, student‐centered faculty focused on student success. This a full time 9‐month tenure‐track position at the rank of assistant professor. The successful applicant should be committed to excellence in education, able to foster productive relationships among their peers, staff, and administration within the department, college, university, and community, while focused on student success. Faculty are expected to actively participate in advising, teaching, scholarly activities, and service.

Minimum Qualifications:  Earned Ph.D. in the biological sciences or an appropriate sub-discipline with training emphasis on genetics (animal or plant) and bioinformatics.  University level teaching experience. Demonstrated scholarship appropriate to tenure-track success.

Preferred Qualifications:  Experience in teaching at collegiate level in genetics beyond graduate teaching assistant level and evidence or potential of teaching effectiveness.  Research/scholarship activities with record of peer‐reviewed publications, professional presentations, and the evidence or potential to acquire research funding.  Ability to develop a research/scholarship program that centers on undergraduate and master-level graduate students.  Other preferred qualifications include strong communication skills, a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising students with diverse cultural and educational background.  Willingness to actively participate in student organizations and other student activities.

Rank:  Assistant Professor

Appointment Date: August 8, 2019

Application Deadline: Position will remain open until filled.  Applications received by December 15, 2018 will have priority in consideration.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Benefits: Competitive benefit package http://www.fhsu.edu/humanresourceoffice/Prospective-Employees/

Teaching (60 % FTE).  Teaching responsibility typically includes 12 credit hours per semester.  Major responsibility of this position include two genetics courses: one for biology majors (BIOL 325 Genetics, every fall and spring semester) and the other for non-biology majors (BIOL 300 Human Heredity, every fall and spring).  The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the department’s effort in teaching introductory major’s laboratory class (Principle of Biology Laboratory, every fall and spring semester).  Successful candidate is also expected to develop and offer an advanced course in bioinformatics.  Successful candidate may develop additional advanced courses complementary to the existing strength of the department based on the candidate’s background and departmental needs. Scholarship (20 % FTE). The successful candidate is expected to engage and maintain scholarship productivity by developing research program in the candidate’s area of expertise.  It is expected that the candidate’s research program is complementary to the existing strength of the department and actively engages undergraduate and master-level graduate students. Service (20 % FTE).  The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the service activities of the department, college, and university, as well as service activities of professional societies.  Academic advising to undergraduate students is also expected.           

Application Process:  To apply for this position, please visit https://fhsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CAREERS.  Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.

Required Application Documents: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one-page teaching philosophy, and one-page student-centered research plan, along with names and contact information for three professional references. Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF document.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Dr. Yass Kobayashi
[email protected]
(785) 628-5835

About the Department:
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.

About the College:
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.

About Fort Hays State University:
Founded in 1902, FHSU is a leading, forward-thinking university of the Midwest, with student enrollment of more than 15,500 (including 4,500+ on the Hays campus, a unique China partnership program with enrollment of 4,000 students, and Virtual College enrollment at over 7,000).  Over 400 faculty and more than 500 professional and staff support and guide degree and 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

Fort Hays State University provides exceptional opportunities for students from Kansas, the region, and the world, and 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.

About Hays, Kansas:
Candidates will discover a locale where professional satisfaction and career achievement are paired with an optimal quality of life. Fort Hays State University is located in Hays, Kansas, a vibrant, growing community of over 20,000 that takes great pride in the University's presence. Hays is a celebration of historic and contemporary contrasts, evidenced in its frontier roots highlighted throughout the city and local museums and in its redeveloped downtown area where residents enjoy one-of-a-kind restaurants, unique shopping, and a vibrant arts scene. This community’s commitment to the future inspires Hays businesses to reinvest locally.

A welcoming and family-centered community, Hays offers premier healthcare services, a growing high-tech and retail business community, and excellent Pre-K and K–12 schools in both the private and public sectors. The City of Hays has long been known as a safe community, and the FHSU campus is recognized by the National Council for Home Safety and Security in 2018 as one of the Top 100 Safest College Campuses in America. For entertainment, recreation, education, employment, or simply for a comfortable place to live, residents of all ages will find in Hays the elements that contribute to a safe, enjoyable, and fulfilling lifestyle.

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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Posted: 11/13/2018
Application Due: 1/3/2019
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