Position Description: Seeking adjunct instructors (Non-Benefits eligible) for face to face instruction on the Fort Hays State University main campus, Hays, KS, who are available to teach communication courses on a variety of days and times. Opportunities to teach online may also be available to successful candidates.
Minimum Qualifications: Successful applicants must hold an earned master’s degree from an accredited institution and have a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the field of Communication. Must have college level teaching experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s or higher degree in the field of Communication. Two or more years of recent college level teaching experience. Experience teaching Public Speaking type courses and one or more of the following courses is a plus:
· Introduction to Motion Pictures
· Media and Society
· Introduction to Organizational Communication
· Intro. to Public Relations and Advertising
· Strategic Writing and Ethics
· Visual and Creative Design
· Communication Theory
· Communication Research Methods
· Intercultural Communication
· Interpersonal Communication
· Nonverbal Communication
· Conflict Management through Communication
· Communication and Gender
Rank: Adjunct Instructor (Non-Benefits Eligible)
Appointment Date: Spring and/or Fall 2022
Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue as positions need to be filled.
Required Application Documents:
Applicants should submit:
· Cover letter.
· Curriculum vitae/resume.
· Evidence of teaching effectiveness (i.e., student evaluations of instruction and grade distributions).
· Names and contact information for three professional references.
· Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.
If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Name: Dr. Scott J. Robson
About the Department:
The Department of Communication Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with concentrations in Applied Communication, Organizational Communication, and Public Relations/Advertising as well as a Master’s of Science in Communication with General or Organizational Communication focuses in on campus programs of study. New for 2021, the Applied Communication/General Communication BA is now available through FHSU Online.
The Department of Communication Studies consists of 6 full-time faculty members, 8 adjuncts, and 5 graduate teaching assistants who serve approximately 40 undergraduate and 8 graduate majors, as well as staffing more than 70 sections of general education courses a year. These courses include offering COMM 100 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication, a required foundation course, and offering two courses in the humanities general education distribution COMM 125 - Introduction to Motion Pictures and COMM 318 - Introduction to Organizational Communication.
About the College:
Since information is a critical resource in modern organizations, the College is engaged in the expression and understanding of information and the interactions that encompass the human experience. Our 11 departments collect, analyze, assess, and articulate information as we prepare our students for a life of work and living well into the future.
About Fort Hays State University
Fort Hays State University was founded in 1902 as the Western Branch of Kansas State Normal School-a teacher's college. Our hometown, Hays, Kansas, is located on the high plains of north-central Kansas. The original home of the institution was on the grounds of Fort Hays, a Nineteenth-Century frontier military outpost. The state of Kansas initially intended the university's academic programs to focus on agriculture, but it opened in as a "normal" or teacher's college. Our mission is to develop the engaged global citizen-leaders our world needs.
FHSU today is a regional comprehensive public university where determined, innovative, and caring faculty and staff share a deep commitment to teaching and mentoring students. Total enrollment at FHSU exceeds 14,000 students who pursue their educational goals on-campus, online, and at our two international partnership campuses in China.
Employers tell us the combination of challenging academic programs, close faculty/student relationships, and the abundance of experiential learning opportunities our students enjoy while at FHSU set our students apart in competitive job markets worldwide. More than 95% of FHSU students secure jobs or higher education opportunities after they graduate. And FHSU consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the American Midwest.
A pioneer in distance education, we began delivering correspondence courses to teachers in rural Kansas early in the 20th Century. Today, FHSU Online delivers more than 200 flexible, affordable, and high-quality online programs. Over the years, FHSU Online received many accolades, including U.S. News & World Report Online Programs rankings, GetEducated.com, Best Buys in Education, among others.
The university has rich sports and cultural programming, all of which enjoy tremendous community support. The Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center is home to the Encore Series, which hosts many traveling Broadway shows, the Hays Symphony, university, and other national and world-caliber performances.
The university supports one of the most extensive and successful intercollegiate sports programs of any comparably sized college or university in America, boasting numerous All-American athletes and eight national championships. Nearly 400 athletes compete annually in eight men's and eight women's sports. FHSU is a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, which comprises 14 schools from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.
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.
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