Assistant Professor or Instructor of Communication Studies (R-01497)

Job description

Position Description: This is a full-time, nine-month, non-tenure-track position.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • One year of college teaching experience in the field of communication
  • Ability to teach both on-campus and online courses 
  • For the instructor’s position, a master’s degree with a minimum of 18 graduate hours in communication studies is required.
  • For the assistant professor’s position, a doctorate degree in communication or communication-related discipline, with a minimum of 18 graduate hours in communication studies is required.   
  • Successful candidates must be eligible to legally work in the United States.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Communication Studies or a closely related field is desired. ABD with completion date evidence will be considered.
  • Ability to teach graduate level coursework and be eligible for graduate faculty
  • Evidence of teaching experience or potential to be a strong educator
  • Evidence of discipline-specific research or potential to engage in scholarly work
  • Evidence of discipline-specific service or potential to engage in departmental, university, and community service
  • Ability to teach one or more of the following graduate communication classes:
    • Nonverbal Communication
    • Listening
    • Fundamentals of Oral Communication
    • Introduction to Graduate Research
    • Contemporary Theories in Communication

Rank:  Assistant Professor or Instructor

Appointment Date: August 8, 2019

Application Deadline:  The priority deadline is Friday, March 29, 2019. Review of applications will begin after the priority dateline and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary: Salary and academic rank will be commensurate with qualifications.

Benefits: Competitive benefit package

Responsibilities:  This is a full-time, nine-month, non-tenure-track position located on the Hays, Kansas campus. The candidate will be expected to teach a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Candidate will advise program majors and show evidence of an active scholarly research agenda. Fort Hays State University faculty performs duties based on a 60% instruction, 20% scholarship and 20% service expectation.

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

Required Application Documents

To apply, please provide the following documents in one consolidated PDF:

  • Letter of interest explaining teaching philosophy, professional experience, research and service interests and how candidate’s credentials match with position description
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Evidence of teaching excellence
  • Copies of transcripts (finalists will be required to submit official transcripts for continued consideration.)
  • Contact information for three references

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact the chair of the search committee:
Dr. Hsin-Yen Yang
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 785-628-4386

About the Department: The Department of Communication Studies is committed to providing students with a high-quality educational experience which will prepare them for success in graduate or professional school, their chosen profession in a variety of career fields and in life. This is achieved by offering high-quality instruction in a broad-based curriculum. While quality teaching is the primary emphasis, faculty also have a strong commitment to service and research. The department offers three undergraduate degree concentrations: General Communication, Organizational Communication, and Public Relations & Advertising, and two Master of Science concentrations: General Communication and Organizational Communication with 7 full-time on-campus teaching faculty serving approximately 85 undergraduate and 20 graduate majors.  

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: 2/28/2019
Application Due: 4/23/2019
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