Instructor or Assistant Professor – Economics – SNU (R-0382)

Hays, Kansas
Jul 08, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Full-time assistant professor of economics (NTT) on annual international assignment for the Fort Hays State University (FHSU) Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship (, stationed at Shenyang Normal University (SNU) ( in Liaoning Province, China, with opportunity for annual renewal.  Nearly 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 (BBA) degree program at SNU, where 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 evaluation for a faculty member in China is based on 80% instruction, 15% scholarly/creative activity, and 5% service.  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.

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

Benefits Provided by Fort Hays State University:

  • Transportation to FHSU for August training and transportation from FHSU to China at the start of 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 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.

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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: ABD status in Economics or a master’s degree.  A master’s-level candidate must hold (a) a master’s degree in Economics, or (b) an MBA with an undergraduate degree in Economics or substantial applied professional experience within Economics.  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.  Liaoning Province of China requires that the candidate be younger than 60 years of age and be eligible for entry into China.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree in Economics and active scholarly agenda are preferred.  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.

RANK: Instructor or Assistant Professor. 

APPOINTMENT DATE: August 10, 2017

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Acceptance of applications begins immediately.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning immediately. 

BENEFITS: Competitive benefit package

RESPONSIBILITIES: Each FHSU BBA faculty position at SNU is an annual assignment as a non-tenure track 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.  This position entails a 4/4 teaching load.  Throughout the 2017-18 academic year, this faculty member will teach two sections each of ECON 640 (Money, Banking, and the Macroeconomy), ECON 644 (International Economics), FIN 645 (International Finance), and ECON 651 (Managerial Economics).  The successful candidate will exhibit a scholarly interest and a commitment to remain active in scholarly and/or professional development activities throughout his or her career. Specific scholarship requirements will align with departmental expectations. The Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting recognizes scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and pedagogy. Joint publications are accepted and encouraged – particularly in collaboration with students.  Service to the University, Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship, department, the region, and/or profession is expected as well.

REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS: A complete application will include a letter of application, current vita, and contact information for at least three professional references, all of which are included in a single document.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  To apply for this position, please visit the Human Resource 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: Dr. Babu George
Phone: (785) 628-4778

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 COBE 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 in the 2016-2017 academic year.   Website:

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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