International Faculty Position in Leadership

Apply for the position, International Faculty Position in Leadership, with Fort Hays State University today or contact Human Resource Office for more information. Posted Dec 1, 2022.

The primary responsibility of this full-time position at Fort Hays State University is to offer leadership courses and curriculum to students enrolled in a partnership program in China. The successful candidate will join a vibrant group of faculty teaching Organizational Leadership at our partner institutions in China, at our main campus in Hays, KS, and around the world through FHSU Online. This position is focused on teaching, with limited service and scholarly activity requirements.


  • Master’s degree in leadership, or a closely related field, from a regionally accredited institution is required. Candidates must meet minimum standards for academic qualification consistent with HLC accreditation.
  • Must be able to provide proof of a minimum of 24 months of teaching experience.

Successful candidates must be a U.S. Citizen 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), background check restrictions (applicants with DUI/DWI, including a diversion/ dismissal, or other such infractions are not being issued a work permit), various health history requirements, and education authentication (currently, no work visas are being issued to foreigner applicants unable to provide authentications and proof of educational backgrounds). FHSU will outline these processes, as well as assist in acquiring and paying for these documents.


Doctoral degree or ABD from a regionally accredited institution in leadership or a closely related field is preferred.

Individuals with teaching experience in the field of leadership studies are very strongly preferred. Experience in teaching/developing coursework for diverse, cross-cultural, or ESL/EFL students is desirable. Familiarity with Chinese culture and/or fluency in Mandarin Chinese is preferred but not required (all courses are taught in English).


Rank: Instructor or Assistant Professor

Appointment Date: January/February 2024

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Salary: $44,000 USD for Instructor (master’s degree); $48,000 for Assistant Professor (doctoral degree).

Benefits Provided by Fort Hays State University
Pre- and post-academic year travel  
  • Transportation to China to begin the semester.  
  • Reimbursement of eligible expenses related to obtaining a Chinese work visa and permit.  
  • A $3000 stipend for return travel on the faculty member’s own schedule at the end of the academic year. Stipend is reviewed each year and subject to change.  
  • Competitive benefits package   
    • Day-one health insurance including medical, dental, vision and supplemental enrollment options  
    • Retirement plan with 8.5% employer match after 1-year waiting period  
    • Free basic life insurance at 150% of annual salary 

Additional benefits provided by Shenyang Normal University 
Pre-arrival and Travel 
  • Pre-document Visa work and guidance.
  • Assistance with the Application for Work Permit and Residence permit.
  • Assistance with physical exam required upon entry, standard entry medical insurance, setting up bank account, etc.
  • Airport Pick-up once a year.

Throughout the year 
  • Free housing in the faculty apartment complex located on the SNU campus.
    • A standard apartment includes one kitchen, one bathroom, one living room, one bedroom, fridge, microwave, washing machine, air-conditioner and TV set.
  • Spouses and children are permitted to live with FHSU faculty members.
  • Lunch is available from Monday to Friday in the teacher’s cafeteria during the academic semesters. With a significant discount, lunch only costs 1.5 Yuan/RMB. (FHSU provides a $1700 stipend through payroll to help offset meal expenses.)
  • Holidays as stipulated by laws of China.
  • Gym, indoor pool, and other similar fitness facilities are available for a small membership fee.
  • SNU-sponsored cultural and historic experiences in China.
  • Exposure to a diverse international community of faculty, students, and visitors.

The workload for this position consists of 90% teaching, 5% scholarly activity, and 5% service, to be determined annually, in concert with the program chair.

Teaching Responsibilities:
Responsibilities include teaching lower and upper division undergraduate leadership studies courses (12 credit hours per semester) to approximately 240 students per semester. Teaching load will include delivering courses within the Organizational Leadership degree program delivered at one of FHSU’s international partner institutions located in China. Faculty are responsible for continuous improvement of their courses, including content and assignment revisions.

Research Requirements:
This position is primarily a teaching position; however, there are some research/scholarship responsibilities required.

Service Work:
There is departmental and/or university service required for this position. Although this position is located in China, it is an integral part of the overall university community and will have service requirements commensurate with the role.

After training in Hays, the faculty member will live and work in Shenyang, China. The faculty member will live on the Shenyang Normal University campus among other FHSU cross-border faculty. All courses will be delivered in English.

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 (1) a current vitae/resume including at least three professional references, (2) a cover letter stating how the candidate’s credentials and experience match with the position, (3) transcript(s) from highest degree earned and/or other graduate coursework, and (4) at least one letter of recommendation (no older than 1 year). Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Dr. Kaley Klaus, Search Committee Chair
[email protected]

About the Department:
The mission of our leadership programs, which are housed in the School of Criminal Justice, Leadership, and Sociology, is to educate and nurture citizens to lead our organizations, communities, state, nation, and beyond. Led by a team of dedicated full-time faculty and adjunct faculty, the department offers an array of programs that prepare students to become effective organizational members of the 21st-centry workplace, including on-campus and online bachelor’s degrees and graduate programs, a minor, and multiple certificates. Our program is also delivered at a partner institution, Shenyang Normal University, in China. To learn more about our programs, please visit

About the College:
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.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

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