Instructor, ESL Program, Department of English (R-0294)

Hays, Kansas
Jun 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Instructor in the English as a Second Language Program, 9-month position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (1) Masters degree  in ESL, EFL, TESL, TEFL, or TESOL; (2) one year of experience teaching ESL; (3) ability to communicate clearly in standard American English with non-native speakers; (4) strong oral and written communication skills; and (5) a demonstrated commitment to student success.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: (1) Experience with student recruitment; and (2) an active scholarly agenda.

RANK:  Instructor (non-tenure track).

APPOINTMENT DATE: August 10, 2017, or as negotiated.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Consideration of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled; priority will be given to applications received before June 11, 2017.

SALARY: Competitive.

BENEFITS: Competitive benefit package

RESPONSIBILITIES: To teach 12 credit hours per semester (possibly with some teaching outside of ESL if qualified); to be active in scholarship and service.

REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS:  Applicants should submit cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three references.

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

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Name: Paul Faber, Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Phone: (785) 628-4234

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:  The Department of English offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and makes a substantial contribution to the General Education program.  One of the undergraduate degrees is the B.A. in global business English, and one of the concentrations in the M.A. degree is TESL/TEFL. The department offers classes on campus, through the Virtual College, and on partner campuses in China.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE:  The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is composed of eleven departments, all of which focus on gaining a deeper understanding of human persons and human purposes through exploration and development of creativity, communication, rational reflection, behavior, and shared experience. 

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.

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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