Assistant Professorship in Hydrogeology at Fort Hays State University

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Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 15:45 to Friday, February 16, 2018 - 15:45

Responsibilities: The Department of Geosciences at Fort Hays State University is accepting applications for a full-time, non-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. 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 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 16 February 2018.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Dr. Hendratta Ali

Chair of the Geology Search Committee


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

FHSU is located in Hays, a vibrant university community of approximately 20,000, located half-way 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 – serving a population of nearly 400,000. Hays boasts excellent recreational facilities including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, Smokey 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.

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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