International Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Business Law or Management (1090)
Fort Hays State University (FHSU) is a comprehensive state university known for its innovation and focus on instructional quality. Its Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship (RCOBE) has also sought to internationalize its programs around the globe. A key strategy of the university and college has been the development and operation of academic partnerships with universities worldwide. The university’s most substantial partnerships—its cross-border, dual degree programs—are in China. Other partnerships exist with institutions in South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
Overview of Responsibilities:
The Coordinator has many of the responsibilities of a traditional department chair with respect to faculty and academic matters in the RCOBE’s international programs. These include responsibilities for the hiring process, assigning workloads, establishing annual statements of responsibilities, evaluating faculty, and assuring they have appropriate resources and training on FHSU policies, systems and processes. The Coordinator will troubleshoot and solve administrative challenges for faculty, address faculty conflicts and performance issues, and bridge the RCOBE’s domestic affairs and those in China, serving as an advocate in Hays for faculty based overseas. Currently, there are five COBE international faculty based in China. This number will grow in future years.
The Coordinator will be based on the FHSU campus and likely will travel to China at least once a year for two or more weeks per trip, and may need to travel to other locations to meet with partners and potential partners, and to supervise RCOBE faculty teaching on-site at overseas locations. The Coordinator may travel to other countries and international conferences as opportunities for partnerships are developed.
The Coordinator will take a leadership role in designing and building partnership programs, including articulating curricula and coursework in potential dual and joint programs. The Coordinator will communicate with on-campus faculty to assure academic linkages and equivalency of programs between on-campus and partnership programs. He or she will lead academic assessment of RCOBE international programs in conjunction with the college’s overall assurance of learning efforts, analyze the data collected, provide reports as requested for program operations, and spearhead continuous improvements.
For administrative purposes, the Coordinator will report to the Dean of the RCOBE and will coordinate with the Assistant Dean and departmental chairs across the college.
Tenure Track Instructional Role:
This appointment carries with it a tenure track appointment as either a Business Law Assistant Professor, or a Management Assistant Professor with an Entrepreneurship focus. The two options of the instructional portion of this position are described below.
Option 1 - Tenure Track Business Law
The Coordinator could be an assistant professor of Business Law in the Department of Management and will have academic responsibilities within the department. He or she typically will instruct two domestic Business Law or related courses each semester and one during the summer, or alternatively may have equivalent service responsibilities. Instruction will include a mixture of on-campus and distance learning coursework. The Coordinator will possess a Juris Doctorate and have a research track-record and agenda sufficient to be qualified as a Scholarly Academic (SA) or Practice Academic (PA) under the FHSU RCOBE Faculty Qualifications policy. The Coordinator should be capable of earning tenure under the Department of Management’s Merit, Tenure, and Promotion policy. At a minimum, the final candidate should be comfortable teaching the following courses for the department as needed and assigned:
- GBUS 204 – Business Law
- GBUS 403 – Commercial Law
- GBUS 404 – Business Organizations and Governmental Regulations
- GBUS 601 – Employment Law
- MGT 101 – Introduction to Business
Option 2 – Tenure Track Management
The Coordinator could be an assistant professor of Management in the Department of Management, with a focus on Entrepreneurship, and will have academic responsibilities within the department. He or she typically will instruct two domestic Management courses each semester and one during the summer, or alternatively may have equivalent service responsibilities. Instruction will include a mixture of on-campus and distance learning coursework. The Coordinator will possess a Ph.D. in Management or Entrepreneurship, and have a research track-record and agenda sufficient to be qualified as a Scholarly Academic (SA) or Practice Academic (PA) under FHSU RCOBE Faculty Qualifications policies. The Coordinator should be capable of earning tenure under the Department of Management’s Merit, Tenure, and Promotion policy. At a minimum, the final candidate should be comfortable teaching the following courses for the department as needed and assigned:
- MGT 101 – Introduction to Business
- MGT 301 – Management Principles
- ENTR 301 – Introduction to Entrepreneurship
- ENTR 350 – Opportunity Recognition and Idea Generation
- ENTR 401 – Opportunity Evaluation and Feasibility
- ENTR 605 – Entrepreneurship – Business Plan
- Advanced knowledge of China. Ideally the candidate’s knowledge will have been developed through experience living and working in China, although a deep understanding of China might also be demonstrated by such other means as the development and instruction of coursework specifically focused on China, the publication of scholarly research on China, leadership in a professional organization focused on China, and extended study in China. Proficiency in Mandarin is not required but would be weighed favorably.
- Demonstrated track record of reliability and delivery on complex objectives. The International Coordinator will exercise a high degree of autonomy and must have a track record of reliably carrying out job-related tasks across time. Ideally this will include experience in higher education, although evidence of consistent focus, reliability and delivery with projects in any environment will be weighed favorably.
- Leadership or supervisory experience. Ideally the candidate’s experience would include leading faculty and globally-dispersed teams, although any leadership experience will be weighed favorably. Of particular interest is any experience the candidate might have in building consensus and instituting change.
- Eligibility for employment and background check. The successful candidate must (a) be a U.S. citizen or be eligible for U.S. employment, and (b) pass a criminal background check prior to hire.
- Demonstrated quality instruction of face-to-face and distance education courses in Business Law or Management
- Experience with international program development and management
- Experience with program assessment and assurance of learning
- Experience with coursework transfer and articulation policies and agreements
- Effective written and verbal communication skills
- Effective problem solving and multicultural skills
- Experience with university administration
- Experience with business accreditation processes
Consideration of Candidates: Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the search has been successfully concluded. Interested individuals should provide a curriculum vitae, cover letter specifying how his/her experiences align with the required and preferred credentials listed above, a statement of leadership philosophy, a statement of teaching philosophy, goals for scholarship and the names and contact information of three references. Materials should be emailed as a PDF to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed via post to International Coordinator Search Chair, Department of Management, College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas 67601 (electronic submission preferred).
Candidates requesting additional information about this search may do so by contacting the search committee at:
Dr. Dosse Toulaboe
Chair, COBE International Coordinator Search Committee
Phone: (785) 628-5868
About the Department:
The Department of Management has 13 full-time faculty members with approximately 550 upper-level students enrolled in domestic degree programs. Functional business specialties of Management, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Operations Management, and Business Law are included in the Department.
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 robust 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 dual degree programs with two partner universities in China. Among the college’s many distinctive attributes is the Dane G. Hansen Entrepreneurship Scholarship Hall, which opened in the 2016-2017 academic year. Website: http://www.fhsu.edu/cob/.
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 14,000 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, GetEducated.com, 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 StateUniversity.com 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.
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.
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