Assistant Professor - Department of English

Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of English. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: To teach 12 hours per semester across a broad range of courses, including Methods and Materials, for Secondary Education, Young Adult Literature, Field Experience, and general education courses including First-Year Writing. In addition, candidates will be expected to perform departmental and university service, including service on College of Education Standards committees, and maintain an active scholarly agenda: 60% Teaching, 20% Service, and 20% Scholarship/Research.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: PhD or EdD in English, English Education, Curriculum and Instruction, or related field from a regionally accredited university. Evidence of successful experience teaching English at the secondary level. Knowledge of language Arts curriculum and pedagogy at middle and high school levels. Familiarity with Common Core State Standards. Interest and demonstrated ability to teach General Education courses, including First-Year Writing

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of current research in pedagogy, including the Science of Reading, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), neurodiversity, gender fluidity in the classroom, and assessment practices in English education and the ability to model those for teachers. Experience and ability to teach in an online modality. Experience in accreditation.

REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS:  Applicants should submit the following:

  • a cover letter
  • CV:  statement of teaching philosophy
  • evidence of teaching excellence
  • a statement describing the candidate’s experiences working with students and staff from diverse backgrounds and explaining how the candidate’s experiences have reflected and formed their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (300 words max)
  • copies of university transcripts showing graduate coursework
  • names and contact information for three professional references.

Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Name: Dr. Eric Leuschner
Phone: 785-628-4285



The English Department at Fort Hays State University offers a Bachelor of Arts in English with three concentrations: Literature, Teaching, and Writing. Our innovative Master’s program allows students to enroll year-round or summers only, which enables working teachers to complete the degree in only two summers’ residency or online. The English Department has been an integral part in the university’s international programs, offering our Composition sequence in cross-border programs in China for over ten years. We envision our graduate concentration as important training for similar careers in teaching academic writing internationally. In addition, the department offers courses in the general education program including the first-year composition sequence and interdisciplinary courses. 

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.

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