Instructor – International Computer Science Faculty (R-0379)

Location
Hays, Kansas
Posted
Jul 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Description:
Teaching Responsibilities:
Responsibilities include teaching lower and upper division undergraduate computer science courses (15 credit hours per semester). Each 3-credit hour class has 4 contact hours. Teaching load will include delivering courses within the Computer Science degree program delivered at Sias International University in China as well as sections of FHSU on-line courses.        

Location:
Courses will be delivered to FHSU students on-site at Sias International University in China. This position will require relocation to China. All instruction is conducted in English, so familiarity with the Chinese language is not required.

Sias International University is located in Xinzheng (near Zhengzhou) in the Henan Province. This university offers a residential campus environment to over 20,000 Chinese students while partnering with FHSU to offer degree programs to select colleges within the university.

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.

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 International Coordinators, FHSU administrators, and the administrators at our Chinese partner universities.

About Sias International University Community:
Sias is located in Xinzheng, 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 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.

Required Qualifications:
Education:
Master’s degree in Computer Science or a closely related field from an accredited institution is required. Candidates must meet minimum standards for academic qualification consistent with HLC accreditation.

Visa:
Successful candidates must be eligible to apply for and receive a Z visa, residence permit, and work permit in China. FHSU will assist in acquiring and paying for these documents.

Preferred Qualifications:

Education:
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) or ABD from an accredited institution in computer science or a closely related field is preferred.

Experience:
Individuals with teaching experience in the field of computer science are strongly preferred.  Experience in teaching/developing coursework for diverse, cross-cultural, or ESL/EFL students is desirable. Familiarity with Chinese culture and/or familiarity with Mandarin Chinese is preferred but not required (all courses are taught in English).

Compensation:
Salary:

Salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with experience, qualifications, and rank. The salary range is contingent on funding and administrative approval.

Benefits Provided by Fort Hays State University:

• Transportation to China to begin the academic year.

• A $2200 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.

Additional Benefits Provided by Sias International University:

• Free housing in the faculty apartment complex located on the Sias campus. Stipend for utilities. Baths 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.

Application and Credentials:
To apply, please provide the following documents in one consolidated PDF file:

Current vitae/resume including at least three professional references. Cover letter specifying how candidate’s credentials match with position description. Statement of teaching philosophy including range of coding and software language skills, capacity to teach complex computer science material, and approach to successfully teach in a foreign setting to non-native English-speaking students.

Application Process:  To apply for this position, please visit the FHSU Human Resource Office webpage at http://www.fhsu.edu/humanresourceoffice/ and click on Employment Opportunities.  Only electronic applications submitted through Human Resources will be accepted. 

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.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

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