International Faculty; Department of English with an emphasis in English Composition

Job Description

Full-time Instructors of English (teaching Composition) on annual international assignment for Fort Hays State University (FHSU) stationed at Zhengzhou Sias University in Henan Province, China, or Shenyang Normal University (SNU) in Liaoning Province, China, with opportunity for annual renewal. Each FHSU faculty position in China is an annual assignment as a non-tenure-track instructor, subject to annual review, with the possibility of continuation.


-Master’s degree in English, TEFL, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics or related field; MFA in Writing from a regionally accredited university.

-Must be able to provide proof of a minimum of 24 months of full-time teaching experience.

-Successful candidates must be eligible to legally work in the United States and be able to apply for and receive a Z visa, residence permit, and work permit in China.

Candidates must meet employment regulations to work legally in China with a Chinese work visa, which has age restrictions (currently, no work visas are being issued to foreigners over the age of 60 except in extraordinary circumstances), background check restrictions (applicants with DUI/DWI or other such infractions are not issued a work permit), various health history requirements, and education authentication with an original university diploma, among other documents. Work visas are not issued to foreign applicants who cannot provide authentication and proof of educational background.

FHSU will outline these processes and assist in acquiring and paying for these documents.


-Ph.D. in English, TESOL, TEFL, Linguistics, or Applied Linguistics from a regionally accredited university, CELTA, or equivalent certification.

-One to three years experience in teaching college composition and /or ESL/EFL writing is preferred.

-Familiarity with teaching ESL/EFL students, international students, especially Chinese students

-Prior experience working abroad.

-Strong teaching, communication, and cross-cultural skills.

-Practiced use of Learning Management Systems (Blackboard is our LMS in China).


Instructor (MA/MFA) or Assistant Professor (Ph.D.)


2024 spring semester; 2024 fall semester


Until filled


$40,000 USD for Instructor; $43,000 for Assistant Professor


Benefits Provided by Fort Hays State University:

-Transportation to China to begin the semester.

-$3000 stipend for return travel on the faculty member’s own schedule at the end of the academic year.

-Health, retirement, and associated benefits package.

-$200 one-time payment for costs associated with obtaining work permits.

Additional Benefits Provided by Zhengzhou Sias University:

-Housing in the faculty apartment complex located on the Sias campus. Furniture and air conditioning included. Bathrooms include Western-style toilets. Spouses and children can live with FHSU faculty members stationed at Sias.

-Holidays as stipulated by laws of China, as well as most typical Western holidays.

-Gym, indoor pool, spa, and other similar fitness facilities available for a membership fee.

-Sias-sponsored cultural and historical experiences in China.

-Exposure to a diverse international community of faculty, students, and visitors.

These benefits are subject to change by Sias but have been in place for many years.

Additional Benefits Provided by Shenyang Normal University:

-Housing is provided on the SNU campus. Furnishings include a kitchen, flat-screen TV, and air conditioning. Some utilities are covered; a stipend is provided for Internet access.

-Bathrooms include Western-style toilets and a washing machine. Spouses and children are allowed to live with FHSU faculty members stationed at SNU.

-Holidays as stipulated by the laws of China.

-Gym, indoor pool, spa, and other similar fitness facilities available for a fee.

-Exposure to a diverse international community of faculty, students, and visitors.

These benefits are subject to change by SNU but have been in place for many years.


This position entails teaching four sections (up to 30 students in each section) per semester of English Composition I and II, following the FHSU Department of English policies and procedures. Course overload opportunities are often available. Other duties include department and university service (90% Teaching; 10% Service). After training in Hays, the faculty member will teach face-to-face classes for FHSU in Shenyang, China, or Xinzheng, China. The faculty member will live on campus among other FHSU international faculty. All courses will be delivered in English.


To apply for this position, please visit:  (position R-03527)

Only electronic applications submitted through this portal will be accepted. 


Applicants must submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vita
  • Unofficial transcripts, showing graduate coursework
  • Two current letters of recommendation

Applicant documents should be submitted as one PDF; confidential recommendation letters may be sent separately if needed.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact the English Department Chair:

Name: Dr. Eric Leuschner


Phone: 785-628-4285

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