Instructor of Informatics (R-01290)

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POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Fort Hays State University and the Department of Informatics is accepting applications for an Instructor of Informatics.  The selected candidate will teach the introductory and culminating courses as well as lead the development, organization, analysis, and reporting of departmental student learning outcomes. The department is seeking individuals who are dedicated to teaching, assessment, and enabling students to “learning by doing”.  The faculty title and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.  The contract will be for a period of one year, renewable upon satisfactory performance.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  A masters with at least three years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of both information technology and assessment. 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Experience teaching both face-to-face and online, as well as advising is preferred. 

RANK:  Instructor

APPOINTMENT DATE:  January 22, 2019

PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 31, 2018 or until filled

SALARY: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

BENEFITS: Competitive benefit package

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Fort Hays State University faculty in this position perform their duties on a 90% instruction, 5% scholarship, and 5% service division of labor with a 5/5 semester load. 

Faculty generally teach five courses a semester.  This division of work duties may be modified through negotiation between the faculty member and the Department Chair when such a change in assignment will mutually benefit the faculty member and Department of Informatics.

The successful candidate will exhibit a scholarly interest and a commitment to remain active in a scholarly manner throughout his or her career. The Informatics Department recognizes scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and teaching.  Joint publications are accepted and encouraged – particularly in collaboration with students.

Service to the University, College of Business and Entrepreneurship, department, the region, and profession is expected of each faculty member.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  To apply for this position, please visit  Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.

REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS:  Applicants should submit: 1) Letter of application explaining teaching philosophy and academic and professional qualifications as well as outlining research and service interests, 2) Curriculum vitae, 3) Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of five references. Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Mr. Jon Tholstrup
[email protected]
(785) 628-5373

The Department of Informatics at Fort Hays State University is notable for its innovative culture and successes.  The Department was built upon the theme of the movement and use of information.  It has grown strongly over the last decade due to the quality of instruction in serving students and has substantial industry support.  FHSU Informatics currently instructs five undergraduate academic concentrations:  Digital Media Production and Journalism; Web and Mobile Application Development; Computer Networking and Telecommunications; Health Informatics; and Management Information Systems.   It offers multiple graduate degree pathways as well as emphasis options in the MBA program.  In total, the Informatics Department serves more than 500 undergraduate majors and approximately 30 graduate students in a given semester.  It has plans to significantly increase the graduate program.  The department includes 12 full-time faculty, a lab/studio engineer, an administrative assistant, and several adjunct faculty.  The Informatics Department has quality facilities include multiple video and audio studios, multiple video editing bays, a music recording studio, web development labs, and computer networking/telecommunications labs.  All classrooms are mediated with built-in computing, Internet access, multi-media tools, and multiple media screens.  Teaching, research, and creative equipment and software is typically state-of-the art.   Website:  

Mission:  The Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Fort Hays State University 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 engagement. Faculty add value to student instruction and the community through scholarly activity and ongoing professional engagement. The College provides service that benefits the university, our disciplines, and the greater community. (Adopted by COBE Faculty on May 4, 2016).

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 1370.  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 with the 2016-2017 academic year.   Website:  

Founded in 1902, FHSU is a leading, forward-thinking university of the Midwest, with student enrollment of more than 15,000 (including 4,600+ on the Hays campus, a unique China partnership program with enrollment of 3,500+ students, and Virtual College enrollment at over 6,800+). Over 400 faculty and more than 500 professional and staff support and guide degree and certificate programs for the associate’s, bachelor's, and master's programs, and for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice, representing 31 departments within these academic divisions:

  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • W.R. and Yvonne Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship
  • College of Education
  • College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
  • Peter Werth College of Science, Technology, and Mathematics
  • Graduate School

Fort Hays State University provides exceptional opportunities for students from Kansas, the region, and the world, and the University attracts goal-oriented students who want premier learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom combined with one-to-one attention and support. FHSU students graduate with the knowledge, professional skills, and confidence to have a competitive edge in their chosen careers. Upon graduation, 95% of FHSU students find a job or placement in graduate school.

Candidates will discover a locale where professional satisfaction and career achievement are paired with an optimal quality of life. Fort Hays State University is located in Hays, Kansas, a vibrant, growing community of over 20,000 that takes great pride in the University's presence. Hays is a celebration of historic and contemporary contrasts, evidenced in its frontier roots highlighted throughout the city and local museums and in its redeveloped downtown area where residents enjoy one-of-a-kind restaurants, unique shopping, and a vibrant arts scene. This community’s commitment to the future inspires Hays businesses to reinvest locally.

A welcoming and family-centered community, Hays offers premier healthcare services, a growing high-tech and retail business community, and excellent Pre-K and K–12 schools in both the private and public sectors. The City of Hays has long been known as a safe community, and the FHSU campus is recognized by the National Council for Home Safety and Security in 2018 as one of the Top 100 Safest College Campuses in America. For entertainment, recreation, education, employment, or simply for a comfortable place to live, residents of all ages will find in Hays the elements that contribute to a safe, enjoyable, and fulfilling lifestyle.

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: 9/12/2018
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