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Assistant Professor of Information Assurance 

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Department of Informatics
Position Announcement/Description

Position Available: Assistant Professor of Information Assurance

Appointment Date: August 2015

Date of this Notice: April 10, 2015

Assistant Professor of Information Assurance

Fort Hays State University and the Department of Informatics is accepting applications for an assistant professor of Informatics. The selected candidate will teach courses in the areas of information assurance, network/web security, and cyber security. Expertise in computer forensics is an asset. He or she will stay current in the field through active research and/or practice, and will work with department, college, and university staff and administrators to recruit students and faculty and to build industry partnerships for internships and graduate placement. This is a tenure track position with title and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D., ABD, or a master’s in an information assurance or security-related field, with a commitment to obtaining a doctorate before becoming tenured required. The successful candidate has not only relevant subject matter expertise, but is able to demonstrate quality instructional and technical skill proficiency. Familiarity with NSA 4011 and other standards is valuable as are industry certifications in information security preferred. Creativity, desire to learn and to teach, and interest in information assurance curriculum development are crucial to this position.

Job Description

A successful candidate can provide evidence of the ability and desire to meet or exceed the performance expectations outlined below.

The candidate:

  • Has experience in developing and/or delivering face-to-face and distance learn-ing courses;
  • Has the ability to teach graduate level courses and guide graduate level work;
  • Is familiar with NSA standards; and
  • Possesses the ability to develop an outstanding Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance.
  • Can develop curriculum and have strategies for keeping curriculum updated.

Fort Hays State University faculty perform their duties on a 60% instruction, 20% scholarship, and 20% service division of labor.


Faculty generally teach four courses a semester. The division of work duties may be modified through negotiation between the faculty member and the Department Chair when such a change in assignment will mutually benefit the faculty member and Department of Informatics.

Ability to teach the following courses is considered a positive factor:

  • Foundations of Information Systems Security
  • Fundamentals of Network Security
  • Network Security Firewalls
  • Penetration Testing
  • Information System Forensics
  • Web Security
  • Operating Systems Security
  • Management of Information Security


The successful candidate will exhibit a scholarly interest and a commitment to remain active in a scholarly manner throughout his or her career. The Informatics Department recognizes scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and teaching. Joint publications are accepted and encouraged – particularly in collaboration with students.


Service to the University, College of Business and Entrepreneurship, department, the region, and profession is expected of each faculty member.

Application Procedure

The following application materials are required: 1) Letter of application explaining teaching philosophy and academic and professional qualifications as well as outlining research agenda and service interests, 2) Curriculum vitae, 3) Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of five references.

Department of Informatics Search Committee
c/o Dr. Melissa Hunsicker-Walburn
Department of Informatics
Fort Hays State University, 600 Park St.
Hays, KS 67601

phone 785.628.5373
fax 785.628.4098


Screening of complete applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


The Department of Informatics at Fort Hays State University is notable for its innovative culture and successes. The Department was built upon the theme of the movement and use of information. It has grown strongly over the last decade due to the quality of instruction in serving students and has substantial industry support. FHSU Informatics currently instructs four undergraduate academic concentrations: Media Studies; Management Information Systems; Web Development; and Computer Networking and Telecommunications. It offers multiple emphasis in the Masters of Liberal Studies and the MBA program. All together, the INT Department serves more than 500 undergraduate majors and approximately 30 graduate students in a given semester. It has plans to significantly increase the graduate program. The department includes ten full-time faculty, a lab/studio engineer, an administrative assistant, and several adjunct faculty. The Informatics Department has quality facilities include multiple video and audio studios, multiple video editing bays, a music recording studio (shared with the Department of Music), web development labs, computer networking/telecommunications labs, and graduate research labs. All classrooms are mediated with built-in computing, Internet access, multimedia tools, and projection screens. Teaching, research, and creative equipment and software is typically state-of-the art. The department is now consolidated in a new building as of the Fall 2014 semester. Website:


Fort Hays State University is a comprehensive university enrolling in excess of 13,000 students. It has four colleges — Arts and Sciences, Education and Technology, Business and Leadership, and Health and Life Sciences — and a Graduate School. It also has a Virtual College that delivers courses electronically throughout Kansas and beyond. Students at FHSU may select a major field of study from 30 departments and study in an electronic environment throughout the campus.

The university is fully accredited by several national agencies. FHSU is one of six state-assisted institutions of higher education and is governed by a Board of Regents appointed by the governor of the state of Kansas. Website:


Hays, Kansas is a vibrant university community of just over 20,000 people serving as a regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, and recreation for the western half of Kansas – serving a population of nearly 400,000. The community has award winning public and private schools. Hays Medical Center employs over 1000 people. Hays Medical Center is the home to the DeBakey Heart Institute of Kansas and is one of the top rural medical centers in the United States. Community assets include the Chestnut Street District in Historic Downtown Hays with its unique shopping, galleries, and eateries. The Hays Arts Council is the oldest local arts agency in Kansas and has successfully fostered a strong and nationally notable arts community. The Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the Fort Hays State University campus is home to the Encore Series, the Hays Symphony, university and other national and world caliber performances. Fort Hays State University athletic events provide NCAA Division II athletic entertainment. Hays boasts excellent recreational facilities including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, Smokey Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, an extensive recreational program, and excellent opportunities for walking, running, and biking, Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes providing boating, fishing, and camping. The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting service to Denver with several flights. Multiple high-speed Internet service providers service Hays and the community has consistently been a national leader in connectivity. Fiber-to-the-premises will be standard in the community by the end of 2012. The downtown Chestnut Street District, all hotels, and the regional mall offer free Wi-Fi Internet. Website:


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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