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Chair, Department of Advanced Education Programs

Fort Hays State University
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 12, 2023

Job Details

College of Education

Job Posting Title
Chair, Department of Advanced Education Programs

Job Description

The chair of the Department of Advanced Education Programs occupies a tenure-track, 12-month, full-time position. Currently, the department houses approximately 1,400 candidates; predominately online with some on campus. The department chair works in collaboration with program coordinators to oversee approximately 21 FTE faculty members, 115 adjuncts, and 2.5 staff members. The chair is the academic leader of the department and normally teaches on a half-time basis. The chair reports to the Dean of The College of Education.

The College of Education is committed to offering quality programs that prepare those interested in a wide spectrum of educational services so they can meet – and exceed – state and national standards. These programs offered through our college have been accredited through the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

The Department of Advanced Education Programs offers Masters Degrees in Educational Administration (for building principals and superintendents), School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Library Media Specialist, Reading Specialist, Higher Education Student Affairs, Special Education High Incidence, Gifted Education, Instructional Technology, JROTC Instructor Prep, Transition to Teaching, Curriculum and Instruction, and non-degree endorsements. The department also offers an Educational Specialist Degree in three tracks: Educational Administration (Superintendent), Education Innovation and Leadership, and Leadership in Reading.

  • Earned doctorate degree in appropriate related areas from a regionally accredited institution
  • Professional experience equivalent to the rank of an Associate Professor
  • Demonstrated commitment to research and service
  • Higher education leadership experience
  • Accreditation experience
  • Higher Education teaching experience face-to-face and/or online
  • Professional experience equivalent to the rank of Full Professor
  • Strategic planning and fundraising experience
  • Practitioner experience directly related to one of the academic programs
  • P-12 experience
  • Recruitment and managing departmental growth experience
  • Experience with innovative instructional technology best practices
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Provide vision and leadership in a collaborative working environment;
  • Provide support to program coordinators and faculty to assure that the department and all entities within it operate in accord with university policies, procedures, and strategic planning guidelines;
  • Provide the same assurance for external policies, particularly the Kansas Board of Regents, Higher Education Learning Commission, the Kansas State Department of Education, Council for the Accreditation Educator Preparation, and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs;
  • Provide, encourage, and support the department’s role in the college and university’s effectiveness and learning assessment consistent with accreditation requirements;
  • Manage the departmental personnel and fiscal resources, academic program review and academic advising;
  • Provide departmental leadership in student recruitment and retention activities;
  • Initiate and facilitate new, high quality academic programs, certificates and other traditional or adult education opportunities;
  • Promote an inclusive department faculty, staff and student population;
  • Promote faculty, academic citizenship, and collegial professionalism within the department, college, and university-learning community;
  • Motivate and reward faculty performance in a learner-centered, research-supported learning environment for both on and off-campus coursework and programming;
  • Serve as a liaison between FHSU and the educational community outside the university;
  • Initiate and facilitate externally funded opportunities and grants; and
  • Conduct other duties as assigned by the Dean, College of Education.
RANK: Associate or Full Professor


APPLICATION DEADLINE : Review of applications will begin January 22, 2024.

SALARY : Faculty salaries are set at 90% of current College and University Professional Association (CUPA) averages by rank and discipline.

BENEFITS : Competitive benefits package. More information can be reviewed on-line at:


To ensure full consideration, applicants must submit the following:
  • Letter of interest that addresses the required and preferred qualifications, experience with job duties listed above, and your commitment to creating an inclusive environment and sense of belonging for all faculty, staff, and students
  • Curriculum vita
  • Leadership philosophy
  • Contact information for 3 professional references
If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Todd Moore, Search Committee Chair

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.


 Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays State University was founded in 1902 as the Western Branch of Kansas State Normal School. The institution was originally located on the grounds of Fort Hays, a Nineteenth-Century frontier military outpost. The state of Kansas initially intended the university’s academic programs to focus on agriculture, but it opened as a “normal” or teacher’s college.

FHSU today is a regional comprehensive public university where determined, innovative and caring faculty and staff share a deep commitment to teaching and mentoring students. Our mission is to develop the engaged global citizen-leaders our world needs today. 

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