Fort Hays State University

Position Description:

Fort Hays State University is seeking applicants for Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at the Professor or Associate Professor rank. The position is a 12-month, tenure-track appointment. The successful candidate must have a distinguished record of teaching, research, and service in the biological sciences with an understanding and appreciation for on-campus and online delivery systems. The Chair will also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, value diversity, have demonstrated leadership experience, and understand the needs of faculty, staff, and students. Women and members of other underrepresented groups (as defined by the National Science Foundation) are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned Ph.D. in biology or other closely-related field;

  • Successfully earned tenure at a regionally-accredited institution;

  • Recent record of teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels;

  • Recent record of research accomplishments.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Record of academic administrative experience including both fiscal and supervisory responsibilities;

  • Experience with student recruitment and retention initiatives;

  • Experience in formalized assessment;

  • Demonstrated commitment to STEM-related diversity initiatives;

  • Record of external funding through grants and/or fundraising;

  • Experience with online education;

  • Experience supervising graduate-student research.

Rank:  Professor or Associate Professor

Appointment Date: July 1, 2021

Priority Application Deadline: November 1, 2020

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Benefits: Competitive benefit package


The Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences reports to the Dean of the Werth College of Science, Technology, and Mathematics. The Chair is responsible for the overall management and operation of the department, including:

  • Management of the department budget and other financial resources;

  • Overseeing course scheduling and curriculum management;

  • Initiating and facilitating new, high-quality academic programs, certificates, partnerships, and other on-campus or online education opportunities;

  • Leading annual program assessment;

  • Performing faculty and staff performance and merit reviews;

  • Leading student recruiting and retention efforts for the department;

  •  Promoting inclusion and diversity within the department, college, and university;

  • Teaching an average of 3 credit hours per semester, including the summer. Courses may include introductory courses as well as advanced courses in specialized areas, and they may be taught on-campus or online;

  • Initiating and facilitating externally funded grants and fundraising;

  • Ensuring department initiatives align with University and Regents goals and plans;

  • Participating in college and university service activities;

  • Engaging in original research.

Application Process:  To apply for this position, please visit  Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.

Required Application Documents: 

  • Cover letter addressing job responsibilities, qualifications, and how the applicant is suited to the position;

  • Current curriculum vitae;

  • The names and contact information of at least three professional references.

  • Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Name: Ms. Hilary Gillock