Assistant or Associate Professor - Special Education - Advanced Education Programs Department - 2488

Kansas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 14, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Description:
The Advanced Education Programs department, housed in the College of Education at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) offers award-winning, fully-online, graduate-level programs in High Incidence Special Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and Gifted Special Education. We invite submitted applications for a full-time, tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor position working across at least two of these program areas. 

Successful candidates for this job will have broad experience in working with students with high incidence and/or gifted needs, or with students whose second language is English, having served as special education or ESOL teacher in Pre-K through 12th grade settings. Successful candidates should also have diverse institutional, educational, research, and experiential backgrounds, particularly including teaching in a higher education setting. 

The primary responsibility for this nine-month position is instruction and advising, with the expectation that the faculty member will also engage in scholarly activity and university/professional service. The areas of responsibility are apportioned at 60% Teaching/Advising, 20% Scholarship, and 20% Service. 

Minimum Qualifications:

The candidate for this position must have an earned doctorate in special education, ESOL, gifted education, or related field of study. Candidates who are ABD at the time of application must expect to have the earned doctorate by August, 2021. Practical/applicable experience as a special educator working with students with high incidence and/or gifted needs in Pre-K through 12th grade settings, and/or experience as an ESOL educator in Pre-K through 12th grade settings is also required (minimum of 2 years). 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Instructional experience in a higher education setting, specifically teaching online (minimum of 2 years)
  • Instructional experience working with graduate level candidates
  • Demonstrated commitment to scholarly activities
  • Demonstrated commitment to service activities
  • Demonstrated commitment to participate in school-university partnerships 

Rank:  Assistant or Associate Professor 

Appointment Date: August 12, 2021 

Priority Deadline: November 15, 2020. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Salary: Commensurate with experience and background 

Benefits: Competitive benefit package 


  • Instruction/Student Advisement (60%) - The candidate filling this position will be expected to teach the equivalent of 12 credit hours per semester at the graduate level within the High Incidence Special Education and/or Gifted Special Education and/or ESOL programs. Instructional responsibility includes teaching online courses to master’s level candidates. Student advisement includes onboarding new graduate candidates to the program, guiding candidates through the program, monitoring candidate progress through the program, supporting accreditation data collection, and administering comprehensive exams. 
  • Scholarship (20%) - A commitment to scholarship related to the field of special education and/or ESOL is required. Examples of acceptable scholarship include peer-reviewed book/journal publications, grant proposals, development of innovative educational programs, and conference presentations. 
  • Service (20%) - A commitment to service activities is required. This includes service activities at FHSU, department, college, and university levels. Service activities as related to the field of special education and ESOL are also expected at the national, regional/state, and local/community levels. 

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 a cover letter, curriculum vita, and names and contact information for three professional references. Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF file. 

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Name: Dr. Brooke Moore, Associate Professor
Phone: 785-628-5568 

About the Department:
The Advanced Education Programs Department is housed in the College of Education at Fort Hays State University. This department offers twenty-three Master’s and Education Specialist programs for candidates pursuing advanced endorsements or degrees in educational or community settings. All programs are offered fully online with the exception of some courses in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Higher Education Student Affairs. Our programs are accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the two Counseling Programs are currently pursuing accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). 

About the College:
The College of Education at Fort Hays State University houses two departments. The Teacher Education Department focuses on supporting candidates in pursuing initial teaching licensure and the Advanced Education Programs Department supports candidates in pursuing advanced endorsements and degrees in educational or community settings. 

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. 

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