International Leadership Studies Faculty Position (R-01388)

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Position Description:  The primary responsibility of this full-time position within the Department of Leadership Studies at Fort Hays State University is to offer courses and curriculum to students enrolled in a partnership program in China.  The successful candidate will join a vibrant and growing group of faculty teaching Organizational Leadership in China, in Hays, KS, and online through the FHSU Virtual College.  This position is focused on teaching, with limited service and scholarly activity requirements.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in leadership or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution is required.  Candidates must meet minimum standards for academic qualification consistent with HLC accreditation.
  • Must be able to provide proof of a minimum of 24 months full-time teaching experience.

Successful candidates must be eligible to legally work in the United States and also be able to apply for and receive a Z visa, residence permit, and work permit in China. Candidates must meet employment regulations to work legally in China with a Chinese work visa, which has age restrictions (currently, no work visas are being issued to foreigners over the age of 60) and various health and education authentication requirements. FHSU will outline these processes, as well as assist in acquiring and paying for these documents.

Preferred Qualifications:
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) or ABD from a regionally accredited institution in leadership or a closely related field is preferred.

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

Rank:  Instructor or Assistant Professor

Appointment Date: Fall 2019

Application Deadline: Priority deadline for full consideration Monday, January 14th.

Salary: Salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with experience, qualifications, and rank, and will range from $39,000-$41,000 per year.  The salary range is contingent on funding and administrative approval.

In addition to the base salary, a successful candidate in this position will also be afforded a salary base building $1000 per year, after the first year of employment. This retention incentive is available for up to seven years, for a total of $7000 in additional salary.  This incentive is contingent on meeting minimum expectations in the position and reappointment.

Benefits: This position will receive a full and generous benefit package, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement plan, and other benefits consistent with full-time faculty appointments.  Benefit package details may be found at

Other Benefits:

  • Transportation to China to begin the academic year
  • A $2000 travel stipend for return travel from China at the conclusion of the academic year
  • A $200 one-time payment for costs associated with attaining work permits

In-kind Benefits:
Faculty awarded this position  will be eligible for subsidized housing expenses, subsidized utilities, some meals, some travel costs during holidays, and other in-kind benefits worth approximately $7,500 per year.  Specific benefits will depend on location of appointment, and are contingent on partner institution participation.

Teaching Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include teaching lower and upper division undergraduate leadership studies courses (12 credit hours per semester) to approximately 240 students per semester.  Teaching load will include delivering courses within the Organizational Leadership degree program delivered at one of FHSU’s international partner institutions located in China.

Research Requirements:
This position is primarily a teaching position, however there will be limited research/scholarship responsibilities required for this faculty line.

Service Work:
There will be departmental and/or university service required for this position.  Although this position is located in China, it is an integral part of the overall university community, and will have service requirements commensurate with that role.           

Courses will be delivered to FHSU students on-site at SIAS International University, one of FHSU’s partner institution campuses in China.  This position will require relocation to the institution in China.  All courses will be taught in English.

The partner school that FHSU works with to deliver this degree program is SIAS International University in Xinzheng (near Zhengzhou) in Henan province.   This university offers a residential campus environment to more than 20,000 Chinese students while partnering with FHSU to offer degree programs to select colleges within the university.

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) a current vitae/resume including at least three professional references, (2) a cover letter stating how the candidate’s credentials and experience match with the position, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy, (4) transcript(s) from highest degree earned and/or other graduate coursework, and (5) one letter of recommendation. Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Name: Dr. Brett Whitaker, Search Committee Chair
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 785-628-4303

About the Department:
The mission of the Department of Leadership Studies, housed in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, is to educate and nurture citizens to lead our organizations, communities, state, nation, and beyond.  Led by a team of 18 full-time faculty and over 15 adjunct faculty, the department offers an array of programs that prepare students to become effective organizational members of the 21st-centry workplace, including on-campus and online Bachelor of Science and Arts degrees, a Graduate program, a minor and certificates.  Our program is also delivered at two partner institutions in China, SIAS International University and Shenyang Normal University.  To learn more about our programs, 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

About Fort Hays State University:
Founded in 1902, FHSU is a leading, forward-thinking university of the Midwest, with student enrollment of more than 15,500 (including 4,500+ on the Hays campus, a unique China partnership program with enrollment of 4,000 students, and Virtual College enrollment at over 7,000).  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, Kansas:
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: 12/14/2018
Application Due: 2/12/2019
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