Applied Technology

Job Posting Title

Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Technology

Job Description

Position Description: The Department of Applied Technology is seeking a 9-month, tenure-track, faculty member who will contribute to our growing Industrial Technology program, including Construction Management.

The position’s workload distribution is 70% instruction, 20% service, and 10% research. The candidate must demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate education, display strong communication skills, and be able to work well with students, faculty, and staff.

Instruction (70%): The successful candidate will teach a variety of industrial technology courses. The primary teaching responsibility will be to teach and develop courses in: wood technology, construction management, safety, and an entry-level course in materials, processes, and production. Ideal candidates will also be able to teach upper-level courses in furniture & cabinet making, construction materials & testing, and OSHA safety. The department also has a strong technology and engineering education program and an emphasis will be placed on blending science, technology, applied engineering, and mathematical concepts into entry-level applied industrial courses. The candidate would be expected teach a general education class of Technology in Society.  The teaching load is 12 credit hours for both fall and spring semesters with a possible summer course overload.  Teaching opportunities include theoretical and applied coursework, both on-campus and through distance education platforms. Participation in curriculum development, professional organization, undergraduate student advising, and activities within the department is required.

Service (20%): The successful candidate will be expected to serve on department and university committees and to participate in other appropriate department, college, university, community, and professional service activities.

Scholarship (10%): The successful candidate will be expected to develop a program of scholarly pursuit in his or her discipline area, preferably focused on topics of regional instructional and applied technology interest.

The terminal degree in the Department of Applied Technology is a Master’s plus 10 years of experience in education and/or industry or an earned doctoral degree. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree with experience as a middle or high school teacher and/or comparable industry experience. Candidate must be HLC qualified in industrial technology content.
  • Candidates with a B.S. degree in the preferred discipline and a Master’s in Education or comparable will also be considered for this position. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • PhD, EdD, or Master’s degree in Instructional Technology, Industrial Technology, Technology Education, Engineering Technology, or a related area. 
  • College or university-level teaching.
  • Experience in a secondary teaching setting.
  • Experience in the building construction industry.
  • Experience in maintaining an industrial wood technology lab facility. 
  • The FHSU Center for Applied Technology is home to course work in industrial technology, CAD, construction, graphics communication, metallurgy, plastics, robotics, and woodworking.  Familiarity with these types of labs are important in the selection process. 
  • Candidates with an understanding of accreditation processes are also desirable for this position, especially those familiar with: Kansas Teacher Education, Kansas Career and Technical Education (CTE), Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).
  • Experience supervising student organizations.

Rank:  Degree and experience will determine first appointment rank.

Appointment Date: August, 2021

Application Deadline: Priority will be given to applications received by January 4, 2021.

Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Benefits: Competitive benefit package

Required Application Documents: Documents needed for the application process are: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts (official transcripts are required at the time of employment), names, addresses, and phone numbers of the three professional references. Applicant documents must be submitted in one PDF.


If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Kim M. Stewart Chair, Department of Applied Technology

(785) 628-4211

About the Department:
The Department of Applied Technology has eight full-time faculty positions, 200 undergraduate majors, and offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Studies, Bachelor of Science degree Technology Leadership and an Associate of Applied Science in Technology and Leadership (Industrial Technology). Students who select Applied Technology as a major pursue program concentrations in technology and engineering education, engineering design technology, construction technology, construction management, manufacturing technology and technology leadership. The new 58,000 square foot Center for Applied Technology facility provides students with access to hands-on experiential learning opportunities that complement the classroom experience. See the department’s home page at for additional information.

About the College:

The Werth College of Science, Technology and Mathematics was formed in 2015 by bringing together the departments of Agriculture, Applied Technology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geosciences, Mathematics, and Physics. The college has 75 full-time faculty and approximately 2000 majors, including 50 graduate students. It also makes significant contributions to the university’s General Education program and to the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science, which is an early-college program for high-achieving high school students.  Undergraduate students participate in technical, classroom, field, and lab experiences that many schools would reserve for graduate students. Our academic programs are innovative and our facilities are outstanding. The Werth College of Science, Technology and Mathematics teachers embrace a one-on-one teaching and mentoring philosophy, and provide robust research opportunities for our students.


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 for further information on how this might affect you.

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