Assistant Professor of School Psychology, Department of Psychology

Apply for the position, Assistant Professor of School Psychology, Department of Psychology, with Fort Hays State University today or contact Human Resource Office for more information. Posted Nov 17, 2023.

The Department of Psychology at Fort Hays State University is seeking applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor of School Psychology. This position could be on-campus, hybrid, or virtual, as negotiated with the Department Chair and College Dean at the time of employment. The ideal candidate will be excited to provide instruction for various courses within our department, which offers on-campus and online undergraduate and graduate programs. Given that the majority of our graduate students are in school and clinical psychology, the ideal candidate will also value the importance of applied programs.

The FHSU School Psychology program provides innovative online programming to help address the persistent school psychologist shortages across the country. Our online program in school psychology is innovative for the field. Thus, the Department of Psychology is seeking an assistant professor who is excited and passionate about the future of school psychologist graduate preparation, which may require new approaches that depart from time-honored and traditional methods in the discipline.

FHSU and the Department of Psychology are committed to building an environment that is inclusive and representative of our students and state. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Job Duties
Teaching responsibilities are 24 credit hours per year (12 per semester) with a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses, which could include on-campus or online courses. Additional teaching responsibilities could include academic advising and mentoring graduate students, supervising school psychology field placement, and/or contributing to reviewing and developing innovative graduate programming. The ideal candidate would demonstrate an appreciation of scholarship reflected in their interactions with our graduate and undergraduate students. Service to the department, university, your local community, and discipline at large is expected.

Minimum Qualifications
  • A degree of Ed.S. with an emphasis in school psychology (degree must be conferred by date of appointment)
  • Current licensure in Kansas or home state as a school psychologist, or have the credential of NCSP
Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in School Psychology or related field
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in designing and teaching on-campus and/or online classes
  • Record of scholarly activity and service to the larger community
  • Relevant experience as a school psychologist in a school or community setting

Additional Qualifications
In addition to having expertise in school psychology, the competitive candidate will also be/have:
  • Highly detail-oriented and organized
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Punctual with student concerns and departmental requests
  • Value working with a diverse student population
  • Value innovation
  • Collegial
Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track

Faculty salaries are set at 90% of current College and University Professional Association (CUPA) averages by rank and discipline. 

Appointment Date
Candidate will begin in August 2024
Competitive benefit package

Priority Deadline:
January 15, 2024
For full consideration, all application materials should be received by January 15, 2024, at which time the search committee will begin reviewing applications. The search will remain open until the position is filled.
Application Process
To apply for this position, please visit Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.

Required Application Documents
Qualified applicants should submit a single PDF containing:
  • Cover letter explaining how the candidate will successfully perform the job of teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Copies of unofficial university transcripts showing graduate work
  • Copy of school psychology license or NCSP
  • Names and contact information for three professional references

Contact Information
If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Dr. Whitney Whitaker Department Chair & Associate Professor [email protected] 785-628-4537

About the Department of Psychology
The Department of Psychology has 12 full-time faculty members and approximately 450 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate students. The Department offers a BA and BS in Psychology, two M.S. degrees with specialization in clinical and school psychology, and a school psychology Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.). The department has a tradition of involving undergraduate students in research, and the school psychology program enjoys close working relationships with local school districts. The department is excited to welcome a new faculty member to a collegial and innovative institution which is always willing to try something new and exciting to better educate and prepare 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 of School Psychology, Department of Psychology
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