Instructor or Assistant Professor of Teacher Education (R-02007)

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POSITION AVAILABLE:  The Department of Teacher Education at Fort Hays State University invites applicants for appointment to a 9-month position at the level of Instructor or Assistant Professor (tenure track) of Teacher Education.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Full-time position (tenure-track for Assistant Professor) to teach education coursework to undergraduate candidates. Development of a research agenda, including the involvement of undergraduate candidates is expected. The successful candidate must be committed to excellence in undergraduate instruction, participate in the department's distance learning activities, participate in internship supervision, and contribute to advising, service, and scholarly components of the College of Education. Information about the Department of Teacher Education is available at


  • Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction, Science Education, or related field from a regionally accredited institution. 
  • A minimum of 3 consecutive years teaching experience in a public school in the U.S.
  • Hold a current (or expired) state teaching license in the U.S.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. at time of appointment.
  • Commitment to pursue a Ph.D or Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, Science Education, or related field from a regionally accredited institution within the first year of employment.


  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, Science Education, or related field from a regionally accredited institution.  ABD candidates, by time of appointment, are encouraged to apply.
  • Experience teaching science at the K-12 level.
  • Knowledge of current research and best practices related to K-12 science education.
  • Knowledge of the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Experience teaching at the higher education level.
  • Experience teaching online courses.

RANK:  Instructor or Assistant Professor


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Priority deadline of applications is October 7, 2019.

SALARY: Salary dependent upon qualifications

BENEFITS: Competitive benefit package

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 the following materials: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, research agenda, and three references with names and contact information. Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Dr. Valerie Zelenka
Search Committee Chair
Department of Teacher Education
[email protected]

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: 9/20/2019
Application Due: 11/18/2019
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