Assistant Professor - Department of English

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of English

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in English or related field from a regionally accredited university, evidence of teaching excellence, an active research agenda.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Expertise in writing studies, with the ability to teach on-campus and online courses that would expand the writing concentration: for example, professional/technical writing, medical writing,  digital writing, content/new media writing, big data writing, writing in the disciplines (WID). Knowledge of generative AI technology.

RANK:  Assistant Professor

APPOINTMENT DATE: August 12, 2024

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Priority Deadline December 1, 2023

SALARY: $56,000

BENEFITS: Competitive benefit package

RESPONSIBILITIES: To teach 12 hours per semester across a broad range of courses, that could include professional/technical writing, medical writing,  digital writing, content/new media writing, big data writing, writing in the disciplines (WID). The position provides the opportunity to develop writing courses that reflect the candidate's particular strengths and interests. Teaching responsibilities also include First-Year Writing. In addition, candidates will be expected to perform departmental and university service and maintain an active scholarly agenda: 60% Teaching, 20% Service, and 20% Scholarship/Research.

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, resume, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence, copies of university transcripts showing graduate coursework, a diversity statement (150 words max) 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, and 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, Chair


Phone: 785-628-4285


The Department of English and Modern Languages at Fort Hays State University offers a Bachelor of Arts in English with three concentrations: Literature, Teaching, and Writing; a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish in two concentrations: Spanish Education and Spanish for Specific Purposes; and a Master of Arts degree in English. The Department has been an integral part in the university’s international programs, offering our Composition sequence in cross-border programs in China for over fifteen 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, interdisciplinary courses, and modern languages.


The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science's mission is to prepare the responsible student for citizenship, personal growth, and the 21st century workplace by striving to provide value-centered liberal arts education anytime and anywhere at an affordable cost.  For more information about the college, please visit

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.

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