POSITION DESCRIPTION: Ongoing recruitment for full-time Instructors of Health and Human Performance on annual international assignment for Fort Hays State University (FHSU) stationed at Zhengzhou Sias University in Henan Province, China with 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.


  • An earned masters’ academic degree in Public Health, Health Promotion, Health Science, or similar health-related field is required.
  • Ability to teach general health education courses, program planning and evaluation, health informatics, and public health ethics is preferred in addition to various undergraduate courses as needed.
  • 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 (including a diversion/ dismissal) 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, as well as assist in acquiring and paying for these documents. Substantial commitment of time and effort may be required from the applicants in achieving these in a timely manner.


  • An earned doctoral degree in Health Education
  • Familiarity with teaching ESL/EFL students, international students, especially Chinese students; prior experience working abroad
  • Strong teaching, communication, and cross-cultural skills
  • Practiced use of Learning Management Systems (Blackboard preferred)

RANK: Instructor (MA/MS) or Assistant Professor (doctoral degree)

APPOINTMENT DATE: February 1, 2021 for spring semester; August 8, 2021 for fall semester

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 and 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.


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.

Competitive benefit packagehttp://www.fhsu.edu/humanresourceoffice/Prospective-Employees/

Additional Benefits Provided by Zhengzhou Sias International 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 include teaching lower- and upper-division undergraduate courses. Teaching load will include delivering courses within the Health and Human Performance degree program delivered at Zhengzhou Sias University in China with the possibility of teaching sections of FHSU online courses. The successful applicant will be willing to strive for teaching excellence, to experiment with new pedagogies, and to collaborate with colleagues from diverse disciplines in support of the institution’s liberal arts mission.

FHSU offers a wide array of Health and Human Performance courses in our program at Sias. Health and Human Performance department courses taught at Zhengzhou Sias University:

HHP 230 Principles of Nutrition

HHP 310 Consumer Health

HHP 320 Communicable and Emergent Diseases

HHP 602 Public Health

HHP 610 Global Health

HHP 612 Physiology of Aging

HHP 618 Environmental Health

HHP 620 Epidemiology in Public Health

HHP 625 Legal Issues in Health Care

HHP 670 Intro to Gerontology

Other duties include department and university service (90% Teaching; 10% Service). 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.

APPLICATION PROCESS: https://fhsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/CAREERS/job/SIAS-Campus/International-Faculty–Department-of-Health-and-Human-Performance_R-02530


Applicants must submit a cover letter, CV, and two current letters of recommendation (no older than 1 year). Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF; recommendation letters may be uploaded separately if needed.

  • Current vitae/resume including at least three professional references
  • Cover letter specifying how candidate’s credentials match with position description.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Must be able to provide proof of a minimum of 24 months full-time teaching experience.
  • Graduate and undergraduate unofficial transcripts
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact our International Programs Coordinator & International Faculty; Department of Health and Human Performance search committee member, Jason Harper at:


(785) 628-4773

About the Department:

The Department of Health and Human Performance is one of six academic departments in the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences and currently serves over 690 majors, including nearly 170 in the China partnership program. Undergraduate programs lead to the Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human performance with six program concentrations: Health Promotion/ Fitness Programming; PK-12 Teaching/Coaching; Sport and Exercise Therapy (pre-professional); Exercise Science; Recreation/Sport Management; and a General HHP concentration along with a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (matriculating to a Master of Science in Athletic Training). The graduate program leads to the Master of Science degree in Health and Human Performance and the department also offers concentrations in the Master of Liberal Studies and Master of Professional Studies.

About the College:

The College of Health and Behavioral Sciences is home to challenging and exciting degree programs in the fields of allied healthcommunication sciences and disordershealth and human performancenursingpsychology and social work. With approximately 80 full-time faculty serving nearly 2900 undergraduate and graduate students, the departments offer programs that prepare students for careers in some of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States. Outstanding facilities, comprehensive and demanding curricula, and a reputation for innovation and excellence in teaching provide a framework for graduates to excel in their chosen field. In addition to discipline specific coursework, students have numerous opportunities to gain experience and knowledge through research projects, field trips, service-learning activities, teaching apprenticeships, internships, and student exchange. Students develop skills and competencies that prepare them to be practitioners, scientists, health care providers, educators, managers, and policy makers destined for key roles in the health and behavioral sciences.

Overview of FHSU partnerships in China:

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’s 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 Fort Hays State University:

Founded in 1902, FHSU is a leading, forward-thinking university of the Midwest, with student enrollment of more than 15,500 (including 4,500+ on the Hays campus, a unique China partnership program with enrollment of 4,000 students, and Virtual College enrollment at over 7,000). Over 400 faculty and more than 500 professional and staff support and guide degree and certificate programs for the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s programs, and for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice, representing 31 departments within these academic divisions:

● College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

● W.R. and Yvonne Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship

● College of Education

● College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

● Peter Werth College of Science, Technology, and Mathematics

● Graduate School

Fort Hays State University provides exceptional opportunities for students from Kansas, the region, and the world, and the University attracts goal-oriented students who want premier learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom combined with one-to-one attention and support. FHSU students graduate with the knowledge, professional skills, and confidence to have a competitive edge in their chosen careers. Upon graduation, 95% of FHSU students find a job or placement in graduate school.

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.


Contact:Jason Harper, International Programs Coordinator
Fort Hays State University

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