International Faculty; Department of Philosophy (R-0845)

Xuchang Shi, Henan Sheng, China

Job description

Ongoing recruitment for full-time instructors or assistant professors of philosophy

Ongoing recruitment for full-time instructors of philosophy for Fort Hays State University (FHSU) stationed at Sias International University ( in Henan Province, China with opportunity for annual renewal. Each faculty position in China is an annual assignment as a non-tenure-track instructor or assistant professor, subject to annual review with possibility of continuation. China-based FHSU Philosophy faculty members report to the FHSU Department of Philosophy Chair, Gene Rice.

Master’s degree in philosophy or related discipline is required. Candidates must meet minimum standards for academic qualification consistent with HLC accreditation. Applicants must possess a US Green Card or be a citizen of the US. Successful candidates also must be eligible to apply for and receive a Z visa, residence permit, and work permit in China. FHSU will assist in acquiring, processing and paying for these documents.

PhD in philosophy or related discipline. Some experience teaching philosophy at the undergraduate level is preferred. Experience teaching applied ethics and/or logic is preferred. Familiarity with teaching ESL/EFO students, international students, especially Chinese students, is preferred.

RANK: Instructor (MA) or Assistant Professor (PhD)

APPOINTMENT DATE: Approx. August 16, 2018

SALARY: $39,000-$41,000 USD

Benefits Provided by Fort Hays State University:
· Transportation to China to begin the academic year.
· A $2,000 USD stipend for return travel on the faculty member’s own schedule upon successful completion of the academic year.
· Administrative and cost assistance in obtaining work permits in the relevant province of China.
· Competitive benefit package

Additional Benefits Provided by Sias International University:
· Free housing in the faculty apartment complex located on the Sias campus. Furniture and air conditioning included. Stipend for utilities. Bathrooms include Western-style toilets. Spouses and children are permitted to live with FHSU faculty members stationed at Sias.
· Meals are provided in the faculty dining hall and include both Western and Chinese selections. Food service is available three meals a day, seven days a week during academic semesters.
· Holidays as stipulated by laws of China, as well as some Western holidays.
· Gym, indoor pool, spa, and other similar fitness facilities available for a small membership fee.
· Sias-sponsored cultural and historic experiences in China.
· Exposure to a diverse international community of faculty, students, and visitors.
· These benefits are subject to change by Sias, but have been in place for many years.

The course load is twenty-four (24) credit hours for the period of the contract; i.e. four (4) courses per semester. This position will teach philosophy classes (up to 60 students each) that are required for students majoring in Global Business English or Leadership Studies. All courses will be delivered in English. Limited research and service is required. After training in August, the faculty member will teach these classes face-to-face for FHSU in Xinzheng, China for the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters. The faculty member will live on campus with other FHSU international faculty.

Faculty members are expected to behave in a manner that fosters collegial relationships and nurtures respect toward students, staff, colleagues, the partnerships, and the community. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all areas of responsibility. Faculty members are expected to demonstrate and uphold the ability to communicate effectively, maintain a high quality of instruction by remaining current on discipline specific and pedagogical issues, and show excellence in teaching, engaged learning and applied orientation. Faculty members are expected to anticipate change and implement initiatives to meet the challenges of delivering FHSU courses in China.

Undergraduate Courses:
The classes that will be taught are:
Global Business English (GLE) 201 – Critical Thinking for the Professional
Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) 401 – Ethical Issues in the Professions and Business

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, unofficial transcripts of highest degree earned, and two current letters of recommendation. Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF; recommendation letters may be uploaded separately.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact: David Tostenson, Chair International Faculty Search Committee, (785) 628-5915.

This posting will be used to develop a pool of qualified faculty for our international positions located in China. This is an ongoing recruitment and when you apply, you are submitting your application documents to an applicant pool. When the need arises to hire a new faculty member, applicants with complete applications already in the pool will have priority status for interviews.

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.

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