International Faculty Positions in English (R-0234)

Hays, Kansas
May 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Date of Appointment: approx. August 16, 2017

Position Description: Full-time Instructor of English Composition on annual international assignment for Fort Hays State University (FHSU), stationed at Sias International University (Sias) ( in Henan Province, China, or Shenyang Normal University ( in Liaoning Province, China, with opportunity for annual renewal.

Overview: About 15 years ago, FHSU became one 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. All instruction is conducted in English, so familiarity with the Chinese language is not required.

This position entails a 4/4 teaching load, consisting of four sections (up to 25 students in each) per semester of English Composition 101 and/or 102, following FHSU Department of English policies and procedures for these courses.  Research and service is not required of these positions. Before leaving for China, instructors attend week-long orientation in an expenses-paid visit to the FHSU campus in Hays, KS.

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. 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

Requirements: Master’s degree in English or TESL/TEFL, with experience in teaching college composition or ESL/EFL writing preferred.  Priority will be given to candidates with strong teaching, communication, and cross-cultural skills. Prior experience working abroad will be favorably weighed. Each faculty position in China is an annual assignment as a non-tenure-track instructor, subject to annual review with possibility of continuation. China-based FHSU English faculty members report to the FHSU Department of English International Coordinator.

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 relevant province of China. Finalists will consent to and successfully complete a criminal background check.

Salary and Benefits: Fort Hays State University will pay a salary of $25,000 USD.

Successful candidates will enjoy the following benefits:

Benefits Provided by Fort Hays State University:
• Transportation to China to begin the academic year.
• A $2,000 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 in the relevant province of China.

Additional Benefits Provided by Sias International University:
• Free housing in the faculty apartment complex located on the Sias campus. Stipend for utilities. Bathrooms include Western-style toilets. Spouses and children are permitted to live with FHSU 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 most typical Western holidays.
• Gym, indoor pool, spa, and other similar fitness facilities available for a small membership 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.

Additional Benefits Provided by Shenyang Normal University:
• Free housing on the SNU campus. Some utilities are covered; a stipend is provided for Internet access. Baths include Western-style toilets. Spouses and children are allowed to live with FHSU 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 faculty in China enjoy on-the-ground access to research opportunities and other scholarly activities, including access to FHSU’s online research databases. Over the years, faculty members have developed unique quantitative and qualitative data sets while working in China, and have been productive scholars during their employment.

About Sias International University Community:
Sias is located in Xinzheng, a grwong city in the Henan Province of China. Sias is approximately 45 minutes south 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 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 8.5 million people. Shenyang offers numerous fascinating cultural activities connected by a modern subway system. SNU’s campus is beautiful and affords a nice working environment. FHSU has a long-standing, productive relationship with SNU.

Application Process:  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning immediately, and will continue until these positions are filled. A complete application will include a brief letter of application, current vita, a statement of teaching philosophy as it applies to the position, and three current letters of reference.

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: For questions about the position, please contact Jason Harper, International Coordinator, Department of English, Fort Hays State University, 600 Park St., Hays, KS 67601, Telephone: (785) 628-4773, Fax: (785) 628-4087, E-mail:

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 overseas. 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,, and 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, the 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 access to 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 shortest 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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