Assistant or Associate Professor, Reading Specialist - Advanced Education Programs Department

Fort Hays State University
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Nov 10, 2022

Advanced Education Programs

Job Posting Title
Assistant or Associate Professor, Reading Specialist - Advanced Education Programs Department

Job Description

The Reading Specialist program is an online, graduate level program housed in the Advanced Education Programs Department, College of Education, at Fort Hays State University (FHSU). This award-winning program supports graduate candidates in earning a Master of Science in Education degree with a Reading Specialist emphasis. We invite submitted applications for a full-time, limited residency, tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor position.

The primary responsibility of this position is instruction and advising coupled with coordination of the program, with the expectation that the faculty member will also engage in scholarly activity and university/professional service. The areas of responsibility are apportioned at 52.5% Teaching/Advising, 7.5% Program Coordination, 20% Scholarship, and 20% Service.

Successful candidates should have a solid background in the Science of Reading/Structured Literacy, having served as a reading specialist or similar position in Pre-K through 12th grade settings, and having demonstrated leadership roles related to supporting the Science of Reading/Structured Literacy in broader educational settings. Successful candidates should also have diverse institutional, educational, research, and experiential backgrounds, including teaching in a higher education setting.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • The candidate for this position must have an earned doctorate in reading or related field of study, or be ABD with the expectation of completing their doctorate by August, 2023.
  • The candidate must also have at least 2 years of practical/applicable experience as a reading specialist working with Pre-K-elementary, middle, or high school students.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Instructional experience in a higher education setting, specifically teaching online
  • Instructional experience working with graduate level candidates
  • Leadership experience related to literacy instruction
  • Management experience, such as coordinating schedules and monitoring enrollment data
  • Knowledge of state/national accreditation reporting
  • Demonstrated commitment to scholarly activities and grant development
  • Demonstrated commitment to service activities
  • LETRS Facilitator certification (Volumes 1& 2)
Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor

Appointment Date: August 2023

Application Deadline: Priority Deadline – December 2022

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Benefits: Competitive benefit package

  • Instruction/Student Advisement (52.5%) - The candidate filling this position will be expected to teach the equivalent of 9-12 credit hours per semester at the graduate level within the Reading Specialist program. Instructional responsibility includes teaching online courses to master’s level candidates pursuing a master’s degree to work as reading specialists in Pre-K through 12th grade settings. Student advisement at the graduate level is a part of the instructional responsibility for this position. 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.
  • Program Coordination (7.5%) – The candidate filling this position will serve as the Program Coordinator for the Reading Specialist Education program. Program coordination responsibilities include:
    • Creating and managing the course schedule.
    • Guiding program curriculum.
    • Focusing on data collection/analysis for accreditation.
    • Marketing and recruitment for the program.
  • Scholarship (20%) - A commitment to scholarship related to the field of literacy 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 reading specialists and literacy education 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
  • Diversity statement describing your experience working with students and faculty/staff from diverse backgrounds and how your experiences have reflected your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
    (200 words maximum)
  • 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-nine 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 education programs are accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the two counseling programs are accredited through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Community of Hays

FHSU is located in Hays, a vibrant college town of approximately 20,000, located halfway between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70. Hays is the regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, and recreation for the western half of Kansas. The community boasts excellent recreational programs and facilities, including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, and extensive walking, running, and biking trails. Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes that offer great opportunities for boating, fishing, and camping. The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting service to Denver with several flights daily. The Hays community is home to excellent Pre-K and K-12, public and private schools. With over 60 restaurants, major retail outlets, a low unemployment rate, and very short commute times, the city provides a safe, welcoming, low-cost, high-quality living environment for the residents who call "Hays, America" home.

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.

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