Assistant Professor in STEM/CAD Technology, Applied Technology

Apply for the position, Assistant Professor in STEM/CAD Technology, Applied Technology, with Fort Hays State University today or contact Human Resource Office for more information. Posted Oct 5, 2023.

The Department of Applied Technology is seeking a 9-month, tenure-track, faculty member who will contribute to the success of the Industrial Technology program, including Technology & Engineering Education, Construction Management, Engineering Design Technology, and Manufacturing Technology.  Primary teaching responsibilities will include STEM related courses for Industrial Technology and Elementary Education, Computer Aided Drafting, and Technology in Society. The position’s workload distribution is 70% instruction, 20% service, and 10% research. The candidate must demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate education, display strong communication skills, and be able to work well with students, faculty, and staff.

FHSU and the Department of Applied Technology is committed to building an environment that is inclusive and representative of our students and state, so we encourage women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Instruction (70%): The successful candidate will teach a variety of Industrial Technology and Technology Education courses.  Specifically, STEM in Technology System, STEM Practices for Elementary Education, Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting, and other course work related to design, construction, and manufacturing.  An emphasis will be placed on blending science, technology, applied engineering, and mathematics concepts into entry-level applied industrial courses. The department has a strong technology and engineering education program and is looking to expand the STEM curriculum. The candidate would also teach a general education class called 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, both on-campus and online. Participation in curriculum development, professional organizations, undergraduate student mentoring, and activities within the department is required.

Service (20%): The successful candidate will be expected to serve on department and university committees and 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, preferably focused on regional topics and applied technology interests.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ph.D, Ed.D., OR a Master’s degree and a minimum of 10 years of successful experience in industry or teaching.
  • The candidate must be HLC qualified in the Department of Applied Technology.
  • Evidence of effectiveness in teaching at the higher education level.
  • Demonstrated success teaching Computer Aided Drafting and Applied STEM courses, specifically using the latest AutoCAD and Inventor drafting software.

Preferred Qualifications:  
  • Technology, Technology Education, or Engineering Technology. 
  • High school or middle school level Industrial or CTE teaching experience.
  • PLTW or Engineering By Design training.
  • Skills and experiences in additional areas of industrial technology or education.
  • Knowledge of accreditation processes, especially the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).
  • Demonstrated success supervising student organizations.

We recognize that few candidates will possess all the preferred qualifications, so we encourage applicants to highlight their strengths and discuss plans to improve their growth areas.

Rank:  Degree and experience will determine first appointment rank.
Appointment Date: January or August 2024

Application Deadline: Priority will be given to applications received by November 5, 2023.

Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Benefits: Competitive benefit package

Application Process:  To apply for this position, please visit
Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.

Required documents:
  • A cover letter of interest that addresses how the candidate’s credentials match the job description.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) and an unofficial copy of all post-secondary transcripts.
  • A statement (150 words max) explaining how they will help FHSU achieve racial, ethnic, and gender diversity that is representative of our state and student populations.
  • Names and contact information for three professional references.

Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF file.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Kim M. Stewart Chair, Department of Applied Technology
[email protected] (785) 628-4211
About the Department:
The Department of Applied Technology has 8 full-time faculty positions, 200 undergraduate majors, and offers B.S. degrees in Technology Studies and Technology Leadership as well as 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. Our 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 Werth College of Science, Technology, and Mathematics (WCOSTM) 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, 1400 undergraduate majors, and 60 graduate students. 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.

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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Assistant Professor in STEM/CAD Technology, Applied Technology
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Oct 5, 2023
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