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

Apply for the position, International Faculty; Department of English with an emphasis in English Composition, with Fort Hays State University today or contact Human Resource Office for more information. Posted Feb 10, 2023.

Ongoing recruitment for 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; 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 Fall Semester; 2024-2025 Academic Year 


This posting will be used to develop a pool of qualified faculty for our international positions located in China. This is an ongoing recruitment, and when you apply, you are submitting your application documents to that applicant pool. When the need arises to hire a new faculty member, applicants with complete applications already in the pool will have priority status for consideration and interviews.


 $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.
  • The FHSU Faculty Development Fund is available to our cross-border faculty. Faculty Development is defined as any activity that encourages faculty to acquire knowledge, skills, techniques, and attitudes to provide quality teaching and develop research/scholarly/creative activity and effective service at Fort Hays State University. All types of FHSU faculty are eligible and encouraged to apply for the Faculty Development Fund, including adjunct, non-tenure track, tenure track, tenured, program specialists, and international faculty teaching abroad.

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 courses taught by the English department, following the FHSU Department of English policies and procedures. Course overload opportunities are optional.

FHSU offers two English department Composition courses in our program at Sias.
ENG 101: English Composition 1
ENG 102: English Composition 2

FHSU offers two English department Composition courses in our program at SNU.
ENG 101: English Composition 1
ENG 102: English Composition 2

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:

Only electronic applications submitted through this portal will be accepted.  


Applicants must submit a cover letter, CV, and two current letters of recommendation (no older than one year). 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 Director of International Instruction: 
Eric Leuschner, Search Committee Chair 
[email protected] 

About the Department:
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 in summer only, which enables working teachers to complete the degree in only two summer residencies. The English Department has been an integral part of the university’s international programs, offering our Composition sequence and the Global Business English degree in our cross-border program. In addition, the department offers courses in the general education program, including the first-year composition sequence and interdisciplinary courses, as well as ESL courses for the university. For more information about the department, please visit

About the College:
The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is composed of eleven departments, all of which focus on gaining a deeper understanding of human persons and human purposes through the exploration and development of creativity, communication, rational reflection, behavior, and shared experience. For more information about the college, please visit

FHSU’s China Partnerships Overview:
About 15 years ago, FHSU became one of the earliest universities approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education to offer dual Western/Chinese degrees in China. Currently, the institutions offer several dual bachelor's degree options. All instruction is conducted in English, so while familiarity with Chinese is not required, it is helpful. In addition, FHSU faculty in China enjoy on-the-ground access to research opportunities and other scholarly activities, including FHSU’s online research databases. Over the years, faculty members have developed unique quantitative and qualitative data sets while working in China and have been productive scholars during their employment.

About Zhengzhou Sias University:
Sias is in Xinzheng, a growing city in the Henan Province of China. Sias is approximately 45 minutes south by car of Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province. Sias is a private university founded in 1998 by Dr. Shawn Chen, a dual citizen of the United States and the People’s Republic of China. Sias supports the greatest number of foreign faculty of any university in China: more than 180 English-speaking foreign faculty members teach at Sias. This environment offers a unique opportunity for faculty members to interact with academic professionals worldwide. Sias has a close relationship with the State of Kansas: Henan Province and Kansas are sister states, while Hays and Xinzheng are sister cities.

About the Shenyang Normal University Community:
Shenyang is the capital city of Liaoning Province and hosts a population of approximately 8.5 million people. Shenyang offers numerous fascinating cultural activities connected by a modern subway system. As the transport hub of Northeast China, Shenyang is served by air, rail, a two-line north/south and east/west subway system, an extensive network of streets and expressways, and bus service throughout the city. A new tram network system offers inexpensive subway-to-airport transportation. SNU is a Tier-2 public university with an expansive, beautiful campus and affords a tranquil, independent working environment. FHSU has a long-standing, productive relationship with SNU.

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.

Notice to KPERS retirees applying for a position: Recent legislation changes working-after-retirement rules for both you and your employer if you go back to work for a KPERS employer. Please contact your KPERS representative or for further information on how this might affect you. 
International Faculty; Department of English with an emphasis in English Composition
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