International Faculty; Department of Philosophy

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Location: Campus, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime

Department
Philosophy


Job Posting Title
International Faculty; Department of Philosophy


Job Description

International Faculty; Department of Philosophy; Professional Business Ethics and Critical Thinking



POSITION DESCRIPTION:
Ongoing recruitment for full-time Instructors of Philosophy (Professional Business Ethics and Critical Thinking) on annual international assignment for Fort Hays State University (FHSU) stationed at Zhengzhou Sias University in Henan Province, China, with the opportunity for annual renewal.

Each faculty position in China is an annual assignment as a non-tenure-track instructor, subject to annual review, with the possibility of continuation. Continuation provides $1,000 added to base salary every year as part of an annual retention plan, up to seven years.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree in Philosophy or a related discipline from a regionally accredited university.
  • Must be able to provide proof of a minimum of 24 months full-time teaching experience.
  • Successful candidates must be eligible to legally work in the United States and also 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 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 and assist in acquiring and paying for these documents.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • PhD in Philosophy or related field from a regionally-accredited university
  • Some experience teaching Philosophy at the undergraduate level
  • Three years+ full-time teaching experience
  • Experience teaching Applied Ethics and/ or Logic
  • CELTA or equivalent certification
  • Familiarity with teaching ESL/EFL students and international students, especially Chinese students
  • Prior experience working abroad
  • Strong teaching, communication, and cross-cultural skills
  • Competence in Learning Management Systems (Blackboard preferred)


RANK: Instructor (MA) or Assistant Professor (PhD)


APPOINTMENT DATE:  Fall 2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  This posting will be used to develop a pool of qualified faculty for our international positions located in China. This is an ongoing recruitment; 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 interviews.


SALARY:  $41,200 USD for Instructor; $43,200 for Assistant Professor


BENEFITS:

Benefits Provided by Fort Hays State University:

  • Transportation to China to begin the semester.
  • A $2000 stipend for return travel on the faculty member’s own schedule at the end of the academic year.
  • Health, retirement, and associated benefits package.
  • A $200 one-time payment for costs associated with obtaining work permits. Competitive benefit package.
  • Continuing faculty receive $1,000 added to this base salary as part of an annual retention plan, up to seven years.

http://www.fhsu.edu/humanresourceoffice/Prospective-Employees/

Additional Benefits Provided by Zhengzhou Sias University:

  • Free housing in the faculty apartment complex located on the Sias campus. Furniture and air conditioning included. Stipend for utilities. Bathrooms include Western-style toilets.
  • Spouses and children are permitted to live with FHSU faculty members stationed at Sias.
  • Meals are available for purchase in the faculty dining hall and include both Western and Chinese selections. Food service is available three meals a day, seven days a week during the academic semesters.
  • 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 small membership fee.
  • Sias-sponsored cultural and historic 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.


RESPONSIBILITIES:

This position entails teaching four sections (up to 60 students in each) per semester per appointment of courses taught by the Philosophy department, while following the FHSU Department of Philosophy policies and procedures. Limited research and service is required. Course overload opportunities are optional.

Philosophy Department courses taught at Zhengzhou Sias University:

GLE 201 Critical Thinking for the Professional

IDS 401 Ethical Issues in the Professions and Business

UNIV 105 Partnership Academic Success Skills

After training in Hays, the faculty member will teach classes face-to-face for FHSU in Xinzheng, China. The faculty member will live on campus among other FHSU international faculty. All courses will be delivered in English.


REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS:

Applicants must submit a cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts, and two current letters of recommendation (no older than 1 year). Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF; recommendation letters may be emailed to the Search Committee contact separately if needed.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact our International Coordinator, Jason Harper, member of this search committee:

jkharper@fhsu.edu

(785) 628-4773


About the Department:

The Department of Philosophy at Fort Hays State University offers a B.A. in philosophy both on-campus and entirely online, as well as a minor in philosophy and several three-course certificates. We have developed an innovative tiered writing approach to teaching writing, and our new critical thinking course emphasizes the different modes of inquiry found in various academic disciplines. The Philosophy Department has been an integral part of the university’s international programs, offering both Critical Thinking and Professional Ethics in China. In addition, the department offers courses in the General Education program. For more information about the department, please visit https://www.fhsu.edu/philosophy .


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 exploration and development of creativity, communication, rational reflection, behavior, and shared experience. For more information about the college, please visit https://www.fhsu.edu/coas/ .


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 degree options. All instruction is conducted in English, so while familiarity with the Chinese language 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 access to 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 located in Xinzheng, a growing city in Henan Province of China. Sias is approximately 45 minutes south by car from 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 from around the world. 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 HAYS, KS

Candidates will discover a locale where professional satisfaction and career achievement are paired with an optimal quality of life. Fort Hays State University is located in Hays, Kansas, a vibrant, growing community of over 20,000 that takes great pride in the University's presence. Hays is a celebration of historic and contemporary contrasts, evidenced in its frontier roots highlighted throughout the city and local museums and in its redeveloped downtown area where residents enjoy one-of-a-kind restaurants, unique shopping, and a vibrant arts scene. This community’s commitment to the future inspires Hays businesses to reinvest locally.

A welcoming and family-centered community, Hays offers premier healthcare services, a growing high-tech and retail business community, and excellent Pre-K and K–12 schools in both the private and public sectors. The City of Hays has long been known as a safe community, and the FHSU campus is recognized by the National Council for Home Safety and Security in 2018 as one of the Top 100 Safest College Campuses in America. For entertainment, recreation, education, employment, or simply for a comfortable place to live, residents of all ages will find in Hays the elements that contribute to a safe, enjoyable, and fulfilling lifestyle.


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 www.kpers.org for further information on how this might affect you.

ABOUT HAYS, KS

Candidates will discover a locale where professional satisfaction and career achievement are paired with an optimal quality of life. Fort Hays State University is located in Hays, Kansas, a vibrant, growing community of over 20,000 that takes great pride in the University's presence. Hays is a celebration of historic and contemporary contrasts, evidenced in its frontier roots highlighted throughout the city and local museums and in its redeveloped downtown area where residents enjoy one-of-a-kind restaurants, unique shopping, and a vibrant arts scene. This community’s commitment to the future inspires Hays businesses to reinvest locally.

A welcoming and family-centered community, Hays offers premier healthcare services, a growing high-tech and retail business community, and excellent Pre-K and K–12 schools in both the private and public sectors. The City of Hays has long been known as a safe community, and the FHSU campus is recognized by the National Council for Home Safety and Security in 2018 as one of the Top 100 Safest College Campuses in America. For entertainment, recreation, education, employment, or simply for a comfortable place to live, residents of all ages will find in Hays the elements that contribute to a safe, enjoyable, and fulfilling lifestyle.

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 www.kpers.org for further information on how this might affect you.



Department
Philosophy


Job Posting Title
International Faculty; Department of Philosophy


Job Description

International Faculty; Department of Philosophy; Professional Business Ethics and Critical Thinking



POSITION DESCRIPTION:
Ongoing recruitment for full-time Instructors of Philosophy (Professional Business Ethics and Critical Thinking) on annual international assignment for Fort Hays State University (FHSU) stationed at Zhengzhou Sias University in Henan Province, China, with the opportunity for annual renewal.

Each faculty position in China is an annual assignment as a non-tenure-track instructor, subject to annual review, with the possibility of continuation. Continuation provides $1,000 added to base salary every year as part of an annual retention plan, up to seven years.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree in Philosophy or a related discipline from a regionally accredited university.
  • Must be able to provide proof of a minimum of 24 months full-time teaching experience.
  • Successful candidates must be eligible to legally work in the United States and also 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 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 and assist in acquiring and paying for these documents.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • PhD in Philosophy or related field from a regionally-accredited university
  • Some experience teaching Philosophy at the undergraduate level
  • Three years+ full-time teaching experience
  • Experience teaching Applied Ethics and/ or Logic
  • CELTA or equivalent certification
  • Familiarity with teaching ESL/EFL students and international students, especially Chinese students
  • Prior experience working abroad
  • Strong teaching, communication, and cross-cultural skills
  • Competence in Learning Management Systems (Blackboard preferred)


RANK: Instructor (MA) or Assistant Professor (PhD)


APPOINTMENT DATE:  Fall 2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  This posting will be used to develop a pool of qualified faculty for our international positions located in China. This is an ongoing recruitment; 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 interviews.


SALARY:  $41,200 USD for Instructor; $43,200 for Assistant Professor


BENEFITS:

Benefits Provided by Fort Hays State University:

  • Transportation to China to begin the semester.
  • A $2000 stipend for return travel on the faculty member’s own schedule at the end of the academic year.
  • Health, retirement, and associated benefits package.
  • A $200 one-time payment for costs associated with obtaining work permits. Competitive benefit package.
  • Continuing faculty receive $1,000 added to this base salary as part of an annual retention plan, up to seven years.

http://www.fhsu.edu/humanresourceoffice/Prospective-Employees/

Additional Benefits Provided by Zhengzhou Sias University:

  • Free housing in the faculty apartment complex located on the Sias campus. Furniture and air conditioning included. Stipend for utilities. Bathrooms include Western-style toilets.
  • Spouses and children are permitted to live with FHSU faculty members stationed at Sias.
  • Meals are available for purchase in the faculty dining hall and include both Western and Chinese selections. Food service is available three meals a day, seven days a week during the academic semesters.
  • 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 small membership fee.
  • Sias-sponsored cultural and historic 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.


RESPONSIBILITIES:

This position entails teaching four sections (up to 60 students in each) per semester per appointment of courses taught by the Philosophy department, while following the FHSU Department of Philosophy policies and procedures. Limited research and service is required. Course overload opportunities are optional.

Philosophy Department courses taught at Zhengzhou Sias University:

GLE 201 Critical Thinking for the Professional

IDS 401 Ethical Issues in the Professions and Business

UNIV 105 Partnership Academic Success Skills

After training in Hays, the faculty member will teach classes face-to-face for FHSU in Xinzheng, China. The faculty member will live on campus among other FHSU international faculty. All courses will be delivered in English.


REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS:

Applicants must submit a cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts, and two current letters of recommendation (no older than 1 year). Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF; recommendation letters may be emailed to the Search Committee contact separately if needed.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact our International Coordinator, Jason Harper, member of this search committee:

jkharper@fhsu.edu

(785) 628-4773


About the Department:

The Department of Philosophy at Fort Hays State University offers a B.A. in philosophy both on-campus and entirely online, as well as a minor in philosophy and several three-course certificates. We have developed an innovative tiered writing approach to teaching writing, and our new critical thinking course emphasizes the different modes of inquiry found in various academic disciplines. The Philosophy Department has been an integral part of the university’s international programs, offering both Critical Thinking and Professional Ethics in China. In addition, the department offers courses in the General Education program. For more information about the department, please visit https://www.fhsu.edu/philosophy .


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 exploration and development of creativity, communication, rational reflection, behavior, and shared experience. For more information about the college, please visit https://www.fhsu.edu/coas/ .


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 degree options. All instruction is conducted in English, so while familiarity with the Chinese language 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 access to 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 located in Xinzheng, a growing city in Henan Province of China. Sias is approximately 45 minutes south by car from 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 from around the world. 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 HAYS, KS

Candidates will discover a locale where professional satisfaction and career achievement are paired with an optimal quality of life. Fort Hays State University is located in Hays, Kansas, a vibrant, growing community of over 20,000 that takes great pride in the University's presence. Hays is a celebration of historic and contemporary contrasts, evidenced in its frontier roots highlighted throughout the city and local museums and in its redeveloped downtown area where residents enjoy one-of-a-kind restaurants, unique shopping, and a vibrant arts scene. This community’s commitment to the future inspires Hays businesses to reinvest locally.

A welcoming and family-centered community, Hays offers premier healthcare services, a growing high-tech and retail business community, and excellent Pre-K and K–12 schools in both the private and public sectors. The City of Hays has long been known as a safe community, and the FHSU campus is recognized by the National Council for Home Safety and Security in 2018 as one of the Top 100 Safest College Campuses in America. For entertainment, recreation, education, employment, or simply for a comfortable place to live, residents of all ages will find in Hays the elements that contribute to a safe, enjoyable, and fulfilling lifestyle.


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 www.kpers.org for further information on how this might affect you.

ABOUT HAYS, KS

Candidates will discover a locale where professional satisfaction and career achievement are paired with an optimal quality of life. Fort Hays State University is located in Hays, Kansas, a vibrant, growing community of over 20,000 that takes great pride in the University's presence. Hays is a celebration of historic and contemporary contrasts, evidenced in its frontier roots highlighted throughout the city and local museums and in its redeveloped downtown area where residents enjoy one-of-a-kind restaurants, unique shopping, and a vibrant arts scene. This community’s commitment to the future inspires Hays businesses to reinvest locally.

A welcoming and family-centered community, Hays offers premier healthcare services, a growing high-tech and retail business community, and excellent Pre-K and K–12 schools in both the private and public sectors. The City of Hays has long been known as a safe community, and the FHSU campus is recognized by the National Council for Home Safety and Security in 2018 as one of the Top 100 Safest College Campuses in America. For entertainment, recreation, education, employment, or simply for a comfortable place to live, residents of all ages will find in Hays the elements that contribute to a safe, enjoyable, and fulfilling lifestyle.

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 www.kpers.org for further information on how this might affect you.


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