International Faculty Position in Business (1027)

Hays, Kansas
Jan 31, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Date of Appointment: approx. August 16, 2017

Position Description: Full-time assistant professor of economics on annual international assignment for the Fort Hays State University (FHSU) W.R. and Yvonne Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship (, stationed at Shenyang Normal University ( in Liaoning Province, China, with opportunity for annual renewal.

Full Time Assistant Professor of Economics

Overview:  About 15 years ago, FHSU and SNU became one of the first sets of universities approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education to offer dual Western/Chinese degrees in China.  Currently, the institutions offer several dual bachelor degree options.  The faculty member in this position will teach in the FHSU Bachelor of Business Administration degree program at SNU.  At SNU, FHSU offers its BBA degree in International Business and Economics.  All instruction, course deliverables, and other work is conducted in English, so familiarity with the Chinese language is not required.  Normal annual faculty evaluation is based on teaching (60%), research (20%), and service (20%).

This position entails a 4/4 teaching load.  Throughout the 2017-18 academic year, this faculty member will likely teach two on-campus sections each of FIN 405 (Intermediate Finance), FIN 641 (Financial Markets and Institutions), and FIN 645 (International Finance), and two online sections of one of the foregoing courses.

The successful candidate will exhibit a scholarly interest and a commitment to remain active in a scholarly manner throughout his or her career. Specific scholarship requirements will align with the pursuit of AACSB accreditation in the Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship. The Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting recognizes scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and pedagogy. Joint publications are accepted and encouraged.  Service to the University, College, department, the region, and/or profession is expected as well.

FHSU provides round-trip transportation (and additional reasonable expenses) for travel to and from China, as well as to FHSU for training.  All instruction is supported with the Blackboard learning management system.  Instructional workloads average 4 class sections each semester.  Additional instructional responsibilities may be added to ensure workloads of four courses per semester for all faculty members. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to communicate and interact well with students from other cultures, FHSU faculty members, FHSU administrators, and the administrators at Shenyang Normal University.  Each faculty member is supported by two graduate teaching assistants.  These auxiliary instructors will lead recitation sessions and discussions, assist with grading, supervise examinations, assist with academic research, and perform other work as directed by the faculty member.

Requirements: The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen or be eligible for U.S. employment. Additionally, the successful candidate must be able to work legally in China by obtaining a work permit in the Liaoning Province of China.  Each FHSU BBA faculty position at SNU is an annual assignment as a visiting professor, subject to annual review with possibility of continuation. Salaries and benefits are competitive for qualified applicants.  SNU-based FHSU BBA faculty members report to the FHSU Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship’s International Coordinator.

In September 2016, the FHSU Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship filed for candidacy for AACSB accreditation.  It is therefore necessary that the faculty member in this position meet the current AACSB standards for a scholarly academic (SA) business faculty member.  For this position, this requires a doctoral degree in economics and a strong background in finance (e.g., 18 or more graduate credit hours in finance and/or scholarly publications with strong financial elements), and either (a) two or more published or accepted peer reviewed articles in scholarly journals over the last five-year period, or (b) that the candidate’s doctoral degree has been conferred within the last five-year period, plus evidence of an active scholarly agenda.  Exceptional ABD candidates may be considered as well, but must complete their dissertation work within one year of employment at FHSU, and must have demonstrated research potential.  Any offer to an ABD candidate will be contingent upon documentation from the candidate’s dissertation chair that the candidate is within one academic year of completion.  In addition to holding SA status upon his or her hire, the successful candidate must thereafter maintain SA status through currency in research.

Priority will be given to candidates with strong teaching, communication, and cross-cultural skills.  Experience with online instructional delivery and course design (Blackboard) is also preferred.  Prior experience working abroad will be favorably weighed.  Finalists will consent to and successfully complete a criminal background check.


In addition to a competitive salary, successful candidates will enjoy the following benefits:

Benefits Provided by Fort Hays State University:

  • Transportation to Shenyang Normal University to begin the academic year.
  • A stipend for return travel on the faculty member’s own schedule at the end of the academic year.
  • Travel expenses to FHSU’s Hays, Kansas campus for training prior to traveling to China for the beginning of the Fall academic semester.
  • Health, retirement, and associated benefits package.
  • Administrative and cost assistance in attaining work permits for Liaoning Province, China.

Additional Benefits Provided by Shenyang Normal University:

  • Free housing on the SNU campus.  All utilities are covered including electricity and drinking water; a stipend is provided for Internet access.  Baths include Western-style toilets. Spouses and children are allowed to live with FHSU BBA faculty members stationed at SNU.
  • Holidays as stipulated by the laws of China.
  • Gym, indoor pool, spa, and other similar fitness facilities available for a small fee.
  • Exposure to a diverse international community of faculty, students, and visitors.
  • These benefits are subject to change by SNU, but have been in place for many years.

FHSU BBA faculty at SNU enjoy on-the-ground access to research opportunities and other scholarly activities, including access to FHSU’s electronic research databases.  Faculty members have developed unique quantitative and qualitative data sets while working in China, and have been productive scholars.

Shenyang Normal University Community:
SNU is a Tier-2 public Chinese university.  Shenyang is the capital city of Liaoning Province and boasts a population of approximately 6 million people.  Shenyang offers numerous cultural activities.  SNU’s campus is beautiful and affords a nice working environment.  FHSU has a long-standing, productive relationship with SNU.

About the College:
Mission.  The Fort Hays State University Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship (RCOBE) offers highly engaging educational experiences, preparing and supporting our students and alumni for professional success in a dynamic, global environment.  Our focus is on instructional excellence, supported by faculty and student research; and the College provides service that benefits the university, our disciplines, and the greater community. (Mission, Adopted: March 2015.)

Description. The college consists of four large and growing departments:  Applied Business Studies; Economics, Finance, and Accounting; Informatics; and Management and consists of more than 50 full-time faculty supported by key staff.  In addition to a wide range of undergraduate programs, it has a significant sized Master of Business Administration program and also offers Master of Professional Studies degrees in Human Resource Management and varying areas of Informatics.  On-campus students majoring in these academic areas number approximately 800 and domestic distance learning students number 1150.  The RCOBE is housed in the historic, but recently remodeled McCartney Hall and newly constructed Hammond Hall.  In addition to on-campus offerings, the college offers several undergraduate and graduate degrees on-line.  It also participates in joint degrees with two partners universities in China.  Among the college’s many unique attributes is the Dane G. Hansen Entrepreneurship Scholarship Hall which opened with the Fall 2016 semester.   Website:

About Fort Hays State University:
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 14,500 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.

About Hays, Kansas:
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.

Contact: Acceptance of applications begins immediately.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.  A complete application will include a letter of application, current vita, a teaching philosophy, contact information for at least three professional references, and evidence of scholarly activity.  Emailed submissions are strongly preferred, in which all documents are consolidated into a single PDF file.  Please send your application to: Dr. Justin Evans, International Coordinator, Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Fort Hays State University, 600 Park St., Hays, KS 67601, Telephone: (785) 628-5596, Fax: (785) 628-5398, E-mail:  

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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