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Assistant Professor of Biology - Range Ecologist 

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Appointment Date:    August 2014

Job Description:




Position Description:  Full time 9-month tenure-track biologist with specialization in range ecology. Appointment date: August 2014.

Responsibilities:  This position will require teaching Range Management, Plant Taxonomy, plus other courses in the Range Management program, potentially including relevant plant identification courses. The successful applicant also will teach biology courses for majors or nonmajors, as negotiated with the department chair. Teaching three different courses and associated labs per semester is a typical load. Excellent teaching collections for plants and the Elam Bartholomew Herbarium at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History are available.  Emphasis is on teaching and active participation with students in the classroom and field or laboratory. Research activity with undergraduates and M.S. students is expected. In addition, the applicant will be expected to assist with retention, recruiting, advising students, and contribute service to the University and their profession.

Qualifications: Minimal qualifications include an earned Ph.D. in biology, range ecology, or an appropriate subdiscipline (ABD will be considered for well-qualified applicants). The applicant must provide evidence of teaching experience and scholarship, for example, teaching evaluations, peer-reviewed publications, professional presentations, and the ability to acquire research funding. Other necessary qualifications include strong communication skills, a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising, active participation with students, and the ability to develop a research program that includes students.

Contact: Dr. Brian R. Maricle, Chair of Search Committee, Department of Biological Sciences, Fort Hays State University, 600 Park Street, Hays, KS 67601-4099
Phone: 785-628-5367, Fax: 785-628-4153, email:

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.

Preference will be given to applications received by February 7, 2014. No electronic applications will be accepted. Applications must include:
1. Curriculum vitae  
2. Unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts
3. Statement of teaching interests and philosophy; this may include supporting documentation
4. Separate statement of proposed research involving undergraduate students  
5. Copies of representative scholarly work  
6. Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of four references
Please do NOT send letters of recommendation at this time.

Finalists will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

The Department of Biological Sciences has 12 full-time faculty positions representing a broad range of disciplines within biology. The Department employs a fulltime lab coordinator and office manager, and a half-time greenhouse manager. Eight GTAs assist with teaching undergraduate labs; an additional six graduate assistantships are available through the Sternberg Museum of Natural History and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, and four graduate fellowships are available through the department. The Department offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology. The Department is housed in Albertson Hall, which includes fully mediated classrooms and laboratories. Available departmental research resources include a scanning electron microscope, a microbiology, cell, and molecular research lab, extensive aquatic sampling equipment, excellent computing facilities and technical support, large museum and herbarium collections, a 1,000-acre tract of native prairie, a greenhouse, and other related resources.

Fort Hays State University is a state-supported liberal and applied arts institution governed by the Kansas Board of Regents. It primarily serves the western one-half of Kansas. Approximately 10,000 students are enrolled in four colleges (Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Technology, and Health and Life Sciences) and a Graduate School, which have a combined total of 340 full-time faculty members. The campus is modern, spacious (4,160 acres), and attractive, and has outstanding museums, galleries, and cultural and recreational facilities. A unit of the AAUP represents the faculty through a formal negotiated labor agreement. Extensive collaborative opportunities for rangeland research are available through the Department of Agriculture, private holdings, and Kansas State University’s Agricultural Research Center. Fort Hays State University is committed to the cultural enrichment of its student body and work force through Affirmative Action and Equal Education/Employment Opportunity. Members of historically underrepresented groups in higher education, women, and persons with disability or veteran status are encouraged to apply.

Hays, Kansas is a city of approximately 20,000 located roughly midway between Kansas City and Denver on I-70. It is a regional center serving the cultural, health, educational, business, service, and transportation needs of much of western Kansas. Medical and educational facilities are superior. Manufacturing, medical, education, retail, farming, ranching, and oil comprise a large part of the local economy.


Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, age, disability, Vietnam era veteran status or special disabled veteran status in its programs and activities. The director of affirmative action, coordinator of Title IX, Title VI, Section 504 and ADA regulations, may be contacted at 600 Park Street, Hays, Kansas 67601-4099, 785-628-4033. 

Background Check: Successful finalists will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check. Additional positions will be posted as they are approved.