Assistant Professor in Agribusiness (R-01305)

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Position available: Tenure track Assistant Professor in Agricultural Business

Rank & salary: Assistant Professor of Agriculture, full-time, 9-month position. Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Benefits: Competitive benefit package  Benefits include attractive retirement, group life and group health insurance programs and a tuition assistance program for employees, spouses, and dependents.

Appointment date: January 2019 or August 2019

Date of this notice: October 1, 2018

Job description:
Instruction (60%):  The successful candidate will teach a variety of agricultural business and agricultural economics courses (average of 12 credit hours each semester). This individual will also participate in the department’s instructional outreach initiatives focused on providing coursework and degree programs through the University’s Virtual College. Teaching opportunities include theoretical and applied coursework, both on-campus and through distance education platforms, in the areas of commodity marketing and price analysis, agricultural risk analysis and management, agricultural policy, farm management, agricultural finance, international agricultural trade and marketing, natural resources and environment management, and other courses based on interests and programmatic needs that complement the department’s applied academic programs.

Scholarship (20%): The successful candidate is expected to develop a program of scholarly pursuit in his or her discipline area, preferably focused on topics of regional agricultural interest. 

Service (20%): The successful candidate is expected to participate in appropriate department, college, university, community, and professional service activities.

Minimum qualifications: A Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Business or Agricultural Economics is required for the Assistant Professor position. Individuals nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) will be considered at the instructor rank.  The candidate must have strong commitment to undergraduate education, possess strong communication skills, and be able to work well with students and department faculty and staff. 

Preferred qualifications: A teaching background at the college or university level and/or business experience in the agriculture industry is highly desirable. Education and/or experience in small grain and livestock commodity marketing and a knowledge of production agriculture in the mid-western U.S. or Great Plains region is preferred. Demonstrated experience in publishing peer-reviewed journal articles and securing extramural funding is preferred.

Application: To apply for this position, please visit  Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted. With your application include a letter of application, vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and student success, a statement of research interest, copies of all post-secondary transcripts (official transcripts are required at the time of employment), and three letters of references. Priority will be given to applications received by October 31, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.                               

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Dr. Sunil Dhoubhadel, Search Committee Chair
Department of Agriculture, Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street, Hays, KS 67601-4099
Telephone: (785) 628-5853
E-mail: [email protected]

About the Department:
The Department of Agriculture has seven full-time faculty positions serving about 300 undergraduate students, and offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. Students who select the Agriculture major pursue program options in agricultural education, agronomy, animal science, and general agriculture. Additionally, the department offers an online Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business. Currently about 60 students are enrolled in the online program. Four classified staff employees oversee individual operations (beef, sheep, swine, and dryland crop production) on a 3,825 acre University Farm.  This facility is available to provide students with access to hands-on experiential learning opportunities that complement the classroom experience.  See the department’s home page at for additional information.

About the Werth College of Science, Technology and Mathematics:
The college was formed in 2015 by aggregating the departments of Agriculture, Applied Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geosciences, Mathematics, and Physics, as well as the Sternberg Museum of Natural History and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The academic units consist of approximately 70 full-time faculty, 1400 undergraduate majors, and 50 graduate students. STM departments also make significant contributions to the university’s General Education program, coursework support for the other four colleges, and to the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science, which is an early-college program for high-achieving high school students. A new 58,000 sq. ft. Applied Technology and Sculpture building houses new technology student learning spaces, and will complement existing state of the art facilities. Undergraduate students participate in technical, classroom, field, and lab experiences that many universities would reserve for graduate students. The wide range of academic programs are innovative, and college faculty embrace a one-on-one teaching and mentoring philosophy, while providing robust scholarship opportunities for our students.

About Fort Hays State University:
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.

About Hays, KS:
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.

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Posted: 10/8/2018
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