Assistant Professor of School Psychology - Department of Psychology

Kansas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 24, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Description
The Department of Psychology at Fort Hays State University is seeking applications for the position of a tenure-track Assistant Professor of School Psychology. The ideal candidate will be excited to provide instruction for both on-campus and virtual courses. Since the majority of our graduate students are in school and clinical psychology, the ideal candidate will also value the importance of applied programs. This position is located on the campus of FHSU located in Hays, Kansas. 

The FHSU School Psychology program provides innovative online programming to help address the prescient school psychologist shortages across the country. Our online program in school psychology is innovative for the field. Thus, the Department of Psychology is seeking an assistant professor who is excited and passionate about the future of school psychologist training, which may require new approaches that depart from time honored and traditional methods in the discipline. 

Job Duties
Teaching responsibilities are 24 credit hours per year (12 per semester) with a variety of on-campus and virtual courses. Scholarship responsibilities include maintaining an active research agenda that involves students. Research and scholarly activities resulting in presentations and publications are expected. Service to the department, university, local community, and discipline at large is expected. 

Coordinator Duties
Assist the Program Director in managing the school psychology program, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Student recruitment
  • Coordinating with practicum and internship sites  
  • Creating current and engaging school psychology coursework
  • Advising and mentoring school psychology graduate students 

Minimum Qualifications

  • A degree of Ed.S. with an emphasis in school psychology
  • Licensed in Kansas or home state as a school psychologist, or have the credential of NCSP 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in School Psychology or related field (degree must be conferred by date of appointment)
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in designing and teaching on-campus and online classes
  • Record of scholarly activity and service to the larger community
  • Relevant experience as a school psychologist in a school or community setting
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in accreditation and assessment


Additional Qualifications
In addition to having expertise in school psychology, the competitive candidate will also:

  • Highly detail oriented and organized
  • Punctual with student concerns and departmental requests
  • Experience with Quality Matters
  • Value innovation
  • Collegial

Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track 

Appointment Date
Candidate will begin in August 2021 

Competitive benefit package 

Priority deadline
April 23, 2021

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 vitae or résumé, teaching philosophy, copies of unofficial university transcripts showing graduate work, and names and contact information for three professional references. Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF. 

Contact Information
If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Dr. Dharma Jairam, Department Chair & Associate Professor 

About the Department of Psychology
The Department of Psychology has 13 full-time faculty members and approximately 600 undergraduate majors and graduate students. The Department offers a BA and BS in Psychology; three M.S. degrees with specialization in clinical, experimental, and school psychology; and a school psychology Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.). The department has a tradition of involving undergraduate students in research, and the school psychology program enjoys close working relationships with local school districts. The department is excited to welcome a new faculty member to a collegial and innovative institution, which is always willing to try something new and exciting in the spirit of better educating and preparing our students.

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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