International Faculty Position in Business (R-0184)

Hays, Kansas
Apr 29, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Date of Appointment: approx. August 16, 2017

Position Description: One full-time assistant professor of management on annual international assignment for the Fort Hays State University (FHSU) W.R. and Yvonne Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship (, stationed at Sias International University (Sias) ( in Henan Province, China, with opportunity for annual renewal.

Full Time Assistant Professor of Management

Overview: Nearly 15 years ago, FHSU and Sias became two of the earliest 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. At Sias, FHSU offers its BBA degree in Management. 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%). Each BBA faculty position at Sias entails a 4/4 teaching load; in the 2017-18 academic year, this position will very likely entail only one prep each semester (that is, four sections of the same course each semester).

FHSU offers a wide array of Management courses at Sias; these are MGT 101 (Introduction to Business), MGT 301 (Principles of Management), MGT 410 (Organizational Behavior), MGT 411 (Applied Management Skills), GBUS 204 (Business Law), MGT 611 (Human Resource Management), MGT 403 (Business, Society & Ethics), and MGT 650 (Business Policy & Strategy). In the 2017-18 academic year, the teaching load for this position will consist of two of the following courses: MGT 403, MGT 410, MGT 411, and MGT 611.

The successful candidate(s) will exhibit a scholarly interest and a commitment to remain active as a scholar throughout their career. The College recognizes scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and pedagogy. Joint publications are accepted and encouraged – particularly in collaboration with students. Service to the University, College, department, the region, and/or profession is also expected.

FHSU provides round-trip transportation and additional reasonable expenses for travel to and from China. 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 our Chinese partner universities. Each faculty member is supported by two graduate teaching assistants who will work exclusively for the faculty member to whom they are assigned. These GTAs 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, even though this position is based in China. Additionally, the successful candidate must be able to work legally in China by obtaining a work permit in the Henan Province of China. Each FHSU BBA faculty position in China is an annual assignment as a non-tenure-track assistant professor, subject to annual review with possibility of continuation. Salaries and benefits are competitive for qualified applicants. China-based FHSU BBA faculty members report to the FHSU Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship’s International Coordinator.

The faculty member in this position must meet the College’s standards for a scholarly academic (SA) business faculty member. This requires a doctoral degree in Management or a closely related domain, 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 ABD candidates 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 China to begin the academic year.
  • A stipend for return travel on the faculty member’s own schedule at the end of the academic year.
  • Health, retirement, and associated benefits package.
  • Administrative and cost assistance in attaining work permits for , China.

Additional Benefits Provided by Sias International University:

  • Free housing in the faculty apartment complex on the Sias campus.Stipend for utilities.Baths include Western-style toilets. Spouses and children are permitted to live with FHSU BBA faculty members stationed at Sias.
  • Meals are provided in the faculty dining hall and include both Western and Chinese selections.Food service is available three meals a day, seven days a week during the academic semesters.
  • Holidays as stipulated by laws of China, as well as typical Western holidays.
  • Gym, indoor pool, spa, and other similar fitness facilities available for a small fee.
  • Sias-sponsored cultural and historic experiences in China.
  • Exposure to a diverse international community of faculty, students, and visitors.
  • These benefits are subject to change by Sias, but have been in place for many years.

FHSU BBA faculty in China 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.

Application Process: Acceptance of applications begins immediately.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning immediately, and will continue until this position is filled.  A complete application will include a brief letter of application, current vita (listing publications and works-in-progress), a teaching philosophy, and contact information for at least three professional references. 

To apply for this position, please visit the FHSU Human Resource Office webpage at and click on Employment Opportunities.  Only electronic applications submitted through Human Resources will be accepted.

Contact: Dr. Justin Evans, International Coordinator, Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Fort Hays State University, Telephone: (785) 628-5596, Fax: (785) 628-5398, E-mail:

Sias International University Community:
Sias is located in Xinzheng, in the Henan Province of China. Sias is approximately 45 minutes by car from Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province.  Sias is a private university and was founded in 1998 by Dr. Shawn Chen, a dual citizen of the United States and the People’s Republic of China.  Sias supports the greatest number of foreign faculty of any university in China: more than 180 English-speaking, foreign faculty members teach at Sias.  This environment offers a unique opportunity for faculty members to interact with academic professionals from around the world.  Sias has a close relationship with the State of Kansas: Henan Province and Kansas are sister states, while Hays and Xinzheng are sister cities.

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 2016-2017 academic year.   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 14,000 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,, 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.

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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