Assistant Professor of Information Assurance

Hays, Kansas, United States

Job description

Fort Hays State University (FHSU) and the Department of Informatics are accepting applications for an assistant professor of Information Assurance and Cyber Security. The selected candidate will teach courses in the areas of information assurance, network/web security, cyber security, information systems and computer forensics. He or she will stay current in the field through active research and/or practice, and will take a leading service role in maintaining FHSU’s Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. He or she will work with department, college, and university staff and administrators to recruit students and faculty and to build industry partnerships for internships and graduate placement. This is a tenure track position with title and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

A Ph.D., ABD, or a masters in a related field with a minimum of five years professional industry experience with a commitment to obtaining a doctorate before becoming tenured. The successful candidate will have relevant subject matter expertise and will be able to demonstrate quality instructional skills.

A successful candidate will provide evidence of the ability and desire to meet or exceed the performance expectations outlined below.

The candidate will have:
· Experience in developing and/or delivering face-to-face and distance learning courses;
· Advising experience;
· The ability to teach graduate level courses and guide graduate level work;
· Familiarity with NSA security standards; and
· Ability to develop an outstanding Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

RANK: Assistant Professor

APPOINTMENT DATE: August 9, 2018

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin February 9, 2018 and continue until the search has been successfully concluded.

SALARY: Salary dependent upon qualifications.

BENEFITS: Competitive benefit package

RESPONSIBILITIES: Fort Hays State University faculty perform their duties on a 60% instruction, 20% scholarship, and 20% service division of labor.

Faculty generally teach four courses a semester, which may include:
Foundations of Information Systems Security
Fundamentals of Network Security
Network Security Firewalls
Penetration Testing
Information System Forensics
Web Security
Operating Systems Security
Management of Information Security
Candidate can expect to update and re-develop courses as needed. Experience with course development is a positive factor.

The successful candidate will exhibit a scholarly interest and a commitment to remain active in a scholarly manner throughout his or her career. The Informatics Department recognizes scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and teaching. Joint publications are accepted and encouraged – particularly in collaboration with students.

Service to the University, College of Business and Entrepreneurship, department, the region, and profession is expected of each faculty member.

The Department of Informatics at Fort Hays State University is notable for its innovative culture and successes. The Department was built upon the theme of the movement and use of information. It has grown strongly over the last decade due to the quality of instruction in serving students and has substantial industry support. FHSU Informatics currently instructs five undergraduate academic concentrations: Digital Media Production and Journalism; Web and Mobile Application Development; Computer Networking and Telecommunications; Health Informatics; and Management Information Systems. It offers multiple graduate degree pathways as well as emphasis options in the MBA program. All together, the INT Department serves more than 500 undergraduate majors and approximately 30 graduate students in a given semester. It has plans to significantly increase the graduate program. The department includes 12 full-time faculty, a lab/studio engineer, an administrative assistant, and several adjunct faculty. The Informatics Department has quality facilities include multiple video and audio studios, multiple video editing bays, a music recording studio, web development labs, computer networking/telecommunications labs, and graduate research labs. All classrooms are mediated with built-in computing, Internet access, multi-media tools, and projection screens. Teaching, research, and creative equipment and software is typically state-of-the art. Website:

Mission: The Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Fort Hays State University offers highly engaging educational experiences, preparing and supporting our students and alumni for professional success in a dynamic, global environment. Our focus is on instructional engagement. Faculty add value to student instruction and the community through scholarly activity and ongoing professional engagement. The College provides service that benefits the university, our disciplines, and the greater community. (Adopted by COBE Faculty on May 4, 2016).

Description: The college consists of four large and growing departments: Applied Business Studies; Economics, Finance, and Accounting; Informatics; and Management and consists of more than 50 full-time faculty supported by key staff. In addition to a wide range of undergraduate programs, it has a significant sized Master of Business Administration program and also offers Master of Professional Studies degrees in Human Resource Management and varying areas of Informatics. On-campus students majoring in these academic areas number approximately 800 and domestic distance learning students number 1370. The COBE is housed in the historic, but recently remodeled McCartney Hall and newly constructed Hammond Hall. In addition to on-campus offerings, the college offers several undergraduate and graduate degrees on-line. It also participates in joint degrees with two partners universities in China. Among the college’s many unique attributes is the Dane G. Hansen Entrepreneurship Scholarship Hall which opened with the 2016-2017 academic year. Website:

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.

How to apply

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

REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three professional references. Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Name: Dr. Melissa Hunsicker Walburn, Chair Department of Informatics
Phone: (785) 628-5373

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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