Cross Border Education Specialist

Fort Hays State University

About the organization

Fort Hays State University was founded in 1902 as the Western Branch of Kansas State Normal School. The institution was originally located 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. 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. Our mission is to develop the engaged global citizen-leaders our world needs today. FHSU consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the American Midwest. A remarkable 95% of FHSU students secure jobs or higher education opportunities after they graduate.


Fort Hays State University is seeking applicants for a faculty position in Global Affairs. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as an instructor and coordinator of the student orientation courses for native Chinese speakers at FHSU’s international partner locations in China. Other duties of this position will include providing professional development to cross-border faculty. This position is an annual 10-month assignment as a non-tenure-track instructor, subject to annual review, with the possibility of continuation.


The faculty in this role will be responsible for developing and delivering course content that prepares students for their western education through FHSU. During the spring semester, the faculty in this role will teach 12 credit-hours of the 1 credit-hour course, UNIV 105: Partnership Academic Success Skills, which is an orientation course required of all students at Sias University participating in our dual-degree cross border education programs.


As the UNIV 105 teaching responsibilities occur in the spring semester only, the faculty member will complete a variety of service activities related to developing the global education competencies of our faculty teaching in our cross-border programs. Under the direction of the Assistant Provost for Internationalization & Strategic Initiatives, the faculty will develop materials that support faculty in developing their pedagogical skills for international learners.



Education & Experience:

An earned master's degree in education/higher education, instructional design/technology, TEFL, or other or other relevant educational background combined with experience teaching second-language learners and/or first-year experiences.

Visa/Work Permit:

Successful candidates must be a U.S. Citizen 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. FHSU will outline these processes, as well as assist in acquiring and paying for these documents.


Familiarity with teaching ESL/EFL students, international students, especially Chinese students; prior experience working abroad; Experience with student orientation or seminar courses; Well-versed in teaching and learning/pedagogy for international/global education; Higher education administration experience; Strong teaching, communication, and cross-cultural skills; Competence with incorporating Learning Management Systems (Blackboard preferred)


Salary is competitive based on qualifications.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Applicants must submit the following in ONE PDF.

1) Current vitae/resume, including at least three professional references
2) Cover letter specifying how candidate’s credentials match with position description.
3) Statement of teaching philosophy, specifically as it relates to cross-cultural education and pedagogy.
4) Graduate and undergraduate unofficial transcripts
5) Evidence of teaching effectiveness
6) Two letters of recommendation (no older than one year)

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Kaley Klaus, EdD
Search Committee Chair
[email protected]

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