Assistant Professor, Department of Informatics

Apply for the position, Assistant Professor, Department of Informatics, with Fort Hays State University today or contact Human Resource Office for more information. Posted May 14, 2024.

The Assistant Professor—Informatics position teaches 4 courses in the fall and 4 courses in the spring in the web and mobile application development concentration, teaching both face-to-face and in online modalities.  Job duties include: 80% teaching, including academic advisement; 10% scholarship, including active research; and 10% service to the department and college by building industry partnerships for internships and graduate placement. 

Requires: Master’s degree in Information Technology Management, Computer Science, or related field plus two years of related experience in the informatics industry, or a PhD in Information Technology Management, Computer Science, or related field.

Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor

Appointment Date: August 2024

Application Deadline: June 9, 2024, screening of complete applications will begin immediately following this deadline.

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

Benefits: Competitive benefit package

Required Application Documents: 
  • Letter of application explaining teaching philosophy and academic and professional qualifications as well as outlining research and service interests.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of five references.

Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF file.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Name: Dr. Kevin Shaffer, Associate Professor and Interim Chair
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 785-628-4484

About the Department:
The Department of Informatics at Fort Hays State University is notable for its innovative culture and successes.  The Department was built upon the theme of the movement and use of information.  It has grown strongly over the last decade due to the quality of instruction in serving students and has substantial industry support.  FHSU Informatics currently instructs five undergraduate academic concentrations:  Digital Media Production and Journalism; Web and Mobile Application Development; Computer Networking and Telecommunications; Health Informatics; and Management Information Systems.   It offers multiple graduate degree pathways as well as emphasis options in the MBA program.  In total, the Informatics Department serves more than 500 undergraduate majors and approximately 30 graduate students in a given semester.  It has plans to significantly increase the graduate program.  The department includes 12 full-time faculty, a lab/studio engineer, an administrative assistant, and several adjunct faculty. The Informatics Department has quality facilities include multiple video and audio studios, multiple video editing bays, a music recording studio, web development labs, and computer networking/telecommunications labs.  All classrooms are mediated with built-in computing, Internet access, multi-media tools, and multiple media screens.  Teaching, research, and creative equipment and software is typically state-of-the art.   Website: 

About the College:
Mission:  The Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Fort Hays State University offers highly engaging educational experiences, preparing and supporting our students and alumni for professional success in a dynamic, global environment.  Our focus is on instructional engagement. Faculty add value to student instruction and the community through scholarly activity and ongoing professional engagement. The College provides service that benefits the university, our disciplines, and the greater community. (Adopted by COBE Faculty on May 4, 2016).

Description: The college consists of four large and growing departments:  Applied Business Studies; Economics, Finance, and Accounting; Informatics; and Management and consists of more than 50 full-time faculty supported by key staff.  In addition to a wide range of undergraduate programs, it has a significant sized Master of Business Administration program and also offers Master of Professional Studies degrees in Human Resource Management and varying areas of Informatics.  On-campus students majoring in these academic areas number approximately 800 and domestic distance learning students number 1370.  The COBE is housed in the historic, but recently remodeled McCartney Hall and newly constructed Hammond Hall.  In addition to on-campus offerings, the college offers several undergraduate and graduate degrees on-line.  It also participates in joint degrees with two partners universities in China.  Among the college’s many unique attributes is the Dane G. Hansen Entrepreneurship Scholarship Hall which opened with the 2016-2017 academic year.   Website: 

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. 
Assistant Professor, Department of Informatics
Full Time
Human Resource Office
May 14, 2024
May 14, 2024
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