Assistant Professor of History (R-0676)

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POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Full-time, tenure-track position

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A doctorate or an individual at ABD status who is within one year of completing their degree in History.


  • Ph.D. in History with an emphasis on Latin American history and U.S. history.
  • Interest in teaching on-campus courses, as well as the university’s innovative virtual program.
  • Evidence of teaching experience, or the potential to be a strong educator.
  • Evidence of service to the discipline, or potential to engage in service at the departmental, university, and community levels.
  • Evidence of either scholarly achievement or the potential for scholarly achievement.

RANK:  Assistant Professor

APPOINTMENT DATE:  August 9, 2018

APPLICATION DEADLINE:   The priority deadline is January 31, 2018.  Review of applications will begin after the deadline and continue until the position is filled.

SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience.

BENEFITS: Competitive benefit package

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to quality teaching, advising, and service to the field.  Applicants will teach a 4/4 course load with courses in both the traditional classroom as well as virtually.  The ideal applicant will be able to provide instruction at the undergraduate and graduate level and maintain an active service contribution to the department, university, local community, and discipline at large.  The focus in teaching will be on Latin American history, U.S. history, U.S. surveys, and world history surveys. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate an active scholarly agenda.

REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS Applicants should submit a cover letter, current vitae, unofficial transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, a research agenda, and names and contact information for three references.  Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  To apply for this position, please visit  Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted. All the required documents should be submitted as one pdf file.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Dr. David Goodlett, Chair, Dept. of History
[email protected]
(785) 628-4248

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:  The Department of History is a longstanding department in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. For more information about the department, please visit

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. For more information about the college, please visit

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.

Notice to KPERS retirees applying for a position: Recent legislation changes working-after-retirement rules for both you and your employer if you go back to work for a KPERS employer. Please contact your KPERS representative or for further information on how this might affect you.




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Posted: 12/20/2017
Application Due: 2/18/2018
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