Fort Hays State University

Chair, Department of Psychology


Position Description:

Fort Hays State University is seeking applicants for Chair of the Department of Psychology at the Professor or Associate Professor rank. The position is a 12-month, tenure-track appointment. The successful candidate must have a distinguished record of teaching, research, and service, with an understanding and appreciation for on-campus and online delivery systems. The Chair will also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrated leadership experience, value diversity, and understand the needs of faculty, staff, and students.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Psychology preferred, doctorate in closely related field, or EdS-School Psychology considered;
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarly activity, and service, reflective of levels expected of an associate or full professor;

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Record of administrative experience, including both fiscal and supervisory responsibilities;
  • Experience with student recruitment and retention initiatives;
  • Experience in formalized assessment;
  • Record of external funding through grants and/or fundraising;
  • Experience with online education.

Rank:  Professor or Associate Professor


Appointment Date:  Negotiable, no later than July 1, 2023


Priority Application Deadline:  November 7, 2022

Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Benefits: Competitive benefit package


ResponsibilitiesThe Chair of the Department of Psychology reports to the Dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. The Chair is responsible for the overall management and operation of the department, including:

  • Management of the department budget and other financial resources;
  • Overseeing course scheduling and curriculum management;
  • Initiating and facilitating high-quality academic programs, certificates, partnerships, and other on-campus or online education opportunities;
  • Leading annual program assessment;
  • Performing faculty and staff performance and merit reviews;
  • Leading student recruiting and retention efforts for the department;
  • Promoting inclusion and diversity within the department, college, and university;
  • Teaching 6 credit hours per semester and 3 credit hours during the summer. Courses may include introductory courses as well as advanced courses in specialized areas, and may be taught through on-campus or online modalities;
  • Ensuring department initiatives align with University and Regents strategic plans;
  • Participating in college and university service activities;
  • Engaging in appropriate scholarly activity.


Application Process:  To apply for this position, please visit  Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.


Required Application Documents

Qualified candidates should submit a single PDF containing:

·         Cover letter;

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A statement (150 words max) describing the candidate’s experiences working with students and staff from diverse backgrounds and explaining how the candidate’s experiences have reflected and formed their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Contact information for three professional references.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Name:  Dr. Steve Sedbrook

Email:  [email protected]

Phone: 785-628-4843


About the Department:

The Department of Psychology has 12 full-time faculty members, approximately 450 undergraduate majors, and 100 graduate students.  The department offers a BA and BS in psychology; three MS degrees with emphases in clinical, experimental, and school psychology; and a School Psychology Education Specialist Degree.  The department has a tradition of involving undergraduate students in research and the school psychology program enjoys close-working relationships with local school districts.


About the College:

The College of Health and Behavioral Sciences is home to challenging and exciting degree programs in the fields of allied health, communication sciences and disorders, health and human performancenursing, psychology and social work.  With approximately 90 full-time faculty serving over 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.


About Fort Hays State University:

Founded in 1902, FHSU is a leading, forward-thinking university of the Midwest, with student enrollment of more than 14,500 (including 4,000 on the Hays campus, a unique China partnership program with enrollment of 4,000 students, and Virtual College enrollment at over 6,000).  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.


About Hays, Kansas:

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.


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