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Position Opening: Fort Hays State University - Assistant Professor of Applied Technology

May 30, 2019


Fort Hays State University - Main Campus - Hays, KS


Applied Technology

Job Posting Title

Assistant Professor - Applied Technology

Job Description

Position Description: The Department of Applied Technology is seeking a 9-month, tenure-track assistant professor of Applied Technology.  

Instruction (70%): The successful candidate will teach a variety of Industrial Technology and Technology Education courses.  Specifically a TECS 130 STEM in Technology Systems class and other course work pertaining to design, construction, and manufacturing.  An emphasis will be placed on blending science, technology, applied engineering, and mathematical concepts into entry-level, applied, industrial courses.  The department has a strong technology and engineering-education program and is looking to expand upon an elementary-STEM course offering.  The candidate will also teach a general education class of IDS 390 Technology in Society.  The teaching load is 12 credit hours for both fall and spring semesters with a possible summer course overload.  Teaching opportunities include theoretical and applied coursework, on-campus and through distance-education platforms. Participation in curriculum development, professional organizations, undergraduate advising, and activities within the department are required.  Service (20%): The successful candidate will be expected to serve on department and university committees. They will also participate in other appropriate department, college, university, community, and professional service activities. Scholarship (10%): The successful candidate will be expected to develop a program of scholarly pursuit in their discipline area with preference for topics of local and regional applied-technology interest.


Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree with teaching background in a public-education setting in the United States or comparable industry experience.  Candidates with a B.S. degree in the preferred discipline and a Master’s in Education or comparable will also be considered for this position.  The terminal degree in the Department of Applied Technology is a Master’s plus 10 years of experience in education and/or industry or an earned doctoral degree.  The candidate must have a strong commitment to undergraduate education, possess strong communication skills, and be able to work well with students and department faculty and staff.


Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Industrial Technology, Technology Education, Engineering Technology, or a related area.  College or university-level teaching is preferred.  Experience in an industrial setting and/or secondary teaching is highly desirable.  A working knowledge of the following software and equipment is needed for class functionality: Autodesk (AutoCad and Inventor), Aspire/Vcarve, Laser cutting, CNC routers, and 3D printing.  Candidates are expected to be able to operate and maintain a general industrial lab facility.  The FHSU Center for Applied Technology is home to course work in CAD, construction, graphics communication, metallurgy, plastics, robotics, and woodworking.  Familiarity with these types of labs are important in the selection process.  Experience supervising student organizations is also desirable. 


Rank: The department is seeking to hire a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Applied Technology.  Candidates without the terminal degree requirements may be hired at a lower rank.  Degree and experience will determine first appointment rank.


Appointment Date: August 8, 2019


Application Deadline: Priority will be given to applications received by June 15, 2019.

Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. 


Benefits: Competitive benefit package Employee s/


Responsibilities: Successful candidate will maintain an annual statement of responsibility which includes 70% instruction, 20% Service, and 10% research.


Required Application Documents:  Applicants should submit a letter of application, vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, photocopies of all post-secondary transcripts (official transcripts are required at the time of employment), and names, addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references.  Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.


If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Name: Kim M. Stewart Chair, Department of Applied Technology


Phone: 785-628-4211


About the Department:

The Department of Applied Technology has seven full-time faculty positions, 200 undergraduate majors, and offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Studies, Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Leadership, and an Associate of Applied Science in Technology and Leadership (Industrial Technology). Students who select Applied Technology as a major pursue program concentrations in technology and engineering education, engineering-design technology, construction technology, construction management, manufacturing technology, and technology leadership. The new 58,000 square-foot Center for Applied Technology facility provides students with access to hands-on, experiential learning opportunities that complement the classroom experience. See the department’s home page at for additional information.


About the College:

The college was formed in 2015 by aggregating the departments of Agriculture, Applied Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geosciences, Mathematics, and Physics, as well as the Sternberg Museum of Natural History and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The academic units consist of approximately 70 full-time faculty, 1700 undergraduate majors, and 50 graduate students. STM departments also make significant contributions to the university’s General Education program, coursework support for the other four colleges, and to the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science, which is an early-college program for high-achieving high school students. A new 58,000 sq. ft. Applied Technology and Sculpture building houses new technology student learning spaces, and will complement existing state-of-the-art facilities. Undergraduate students participate in technical, classroom, field, and lab experiences that many universities would reserve for graduate students. The wide range of academic programs are innovative, and college faculty embrace a one-on-one teaching and mentoring philosophy, while providing robust scholarship opportunities for our students.



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.


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