Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department (R-01433)



Job description

Hays, KS

The opening is for a 9-month tenure-track position with appointment as Assistant Professor of Sociology starting August 2019.

Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D. or ABD with a promise to complete the Ph.D. by the date of appointment. Candidate must have clear teaching potential and demonstrated research potential. A record of successful teaching is desirable. Written and spoken English fluency is necessary. Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Preferred Qualifications:
The successful candidate should be well qualified for and ready to teach in these essential areas:
· Family studies
· Women’s and gender studies

Additional preference will be given to candidates who have experience in nonprofit development or who hold a Master’s of Counseling or an MSW and can teach in the area of addictions counseling. We seek a candidate who is also prepared to teach various core courses in the sociology major, as well as courses that are included in one or more of our certificates. See for core and certificate courses. We seek a colleague who will engage with both on-campus and online students, particularly with a willingness to involve undergraduate students in research and sponsor/co-sponsor Sociology Club.

Rank: Assistant Professor

Appointment Date: August 2019

Application Deadline: The priority deadline is March 1, 2019.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Benefits: Competitive benefit package

The incumbent should be eager to work hard, love to teach, and be committed to maintaining steady flows of research accomplishments and service obligations. Teach a 4/4 load (12 credit hours) per semester. Some teaching at the cross-listed undergraduate/graduate level may be needed. A significant portion of the teaching will be in an online format. Assess student learning outcomes. Constantly seek ways to enhance learning and the sociology major. Develop new courses per program needs. Assist in recruiting and retaining students. Maintain regular office hours. Attend all department meetings. Student advising responsibilities may be assigned, but are not anticipated at this time. Teaching is typically considered 60% of the assignment. The successful candidate will exhibit an ongoing scholarly interest, and a commitment to remain active in a scholarly manner throughout their career. The Department of Sociology recognizes scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and pedagogy. Joint publications are accepted and encouraged, including collaboration with students. Research is typically considered 20% of the assignment. Service internal to the University will be at the levels of department, college, and university, while external service will serve at least one of these levels, the community, state, region, nation, or international level. Service is typically considered 20% of the assignment.

About the Department:
The Department of Sociology has eight core faculty. Several faculty are also policy fellows of FHSU’s Docking Institute of Public Affairs. The Docking Institute conducts applied social science research and organizational planning, and there is potential for FHSU faculty to consult for the Institute when it is mutually beneficial. The Department has close to 20 adjunct faculty at any given time. The majority of our approximately 175 majors are fully online students. The Department also supports the University’s general education curriculum. We have a small Sociology Club of on-campus students. Our Department is very entrepreneurial, and there will be opportunity for the candidate to field new programming that takes advantages of opportunity for the Department and its students. Professional respect and collegiality is high among faculty in our Department, and our faculty expect the new colleague to place high value on these attributes of the work environment as well. For additional information about the Department of Sociology, please see:

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.

How to apply

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

Required Application Documents: Applicants must submit a curriculum vita; a cover letter specifying how your credentials match with the job description; a statement of teaching philosophy, goals for scholarship, and expectations for student engagement; two writing samples; names and full contact information of three or more references; and evidence of teaching excellence (including teaching evaluation results if available). Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Name: Dr. Brett Zollinger, Chair, Sociology Department
Phone: 785-628-5881