Asst/Assoc/Full Prof of the Practice - Operations Management

Position Overview

The University of Kansas School of Professional Studies (SPS) seeks an outstanding individual for a non- tenure track faculty Professor of the Practice (open rank) to join this new program in the area of operations management. We seek individuals with industry experience in the operations management field who have exceptional communication skills and a strong commitment to educate and develop future operations management professionals. The ideal candidate will have a developed teaching philosophy and a demonstrated desire to inspire students and encourage lifelong learning in operations management. This is a 12-month position.

Program needs are particularly great in the following areas: operations management, enterprise strategy, innovation, enterprise planning and implementation, process management, and ethics. This faculty position will teach in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Operations Management program. The programs are offered at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas in the School of Professional Studies as online. Depending on years of experience in the operations management industry, an appointment as Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of the Practice is possible. This position serves the educational needs of a Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT) program, which is funded through a 1/8 of a cent sales tax within Johnson County. Specific percentages of effort for JCERT are determined each year.

The initial term of the professor of the practice appointment is 3 years. Subsequent appointment may be offered, contingent upon a satisfactory comprehensive performance evaluation during the final academic year of this appointment and approval of the Dean of the School of Professional Studies. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

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Job Description

Program Overview:
The Bachelor of Applied Science in Operations Management Program at the University of Kansas (KU) is a new program being developed in the School of Professional Studies, located on the KU Edwards Campus (KUEC) in Overland Park, Kansas in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. KUEC has been a KU presence in Kansas City for 30 years, playing a crucial role in the Greater Kansas City professional community. The campus now offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs with classes geared toward working professionals, available in the evening, online and in-person.

The KU School of Professional Studies (SPS) was created in 2019 with a vision to transform students’ lives and improve communities through innovative, student-focused, and exemplary academic programs that lead to rewarding careers in an array of fields that serve the workforce needs of Kansas and beyond. The school offers a variety of disciplines, course formats, class schedules, student services, aid, and more to meet the needs of diverse students who may work full-time, have considerable commitments outside of the classroom, have prior college-level education or otherwise need a different approach to earning academic credentials. SPS continues to launch new degree programs aimed at supporting the needs of future students, and is poised for significant growth over the next five years.

KUEC and SPS have a reputation for employing innovative teaching techniques and serving the unique needs of non-traditional students. KUEC and SPS faculty enjoy an interdisciplinary and collaborative atmosphere focused on supporting faculty in building rewarding careers while improving the success of students we teach. Employees typically enjoy a hybrid work environment, providing sufficient flexibility for a healthy work-life balance.
KU will be offering a Bachelor of Applied Science in Operations Management starting in Fall 2023 to meet the growing employment demands of operations management, supply chain management, purchasing and related workforce needs in the Kansas City metropolitan area, the greater Kansas and Missouri region and nationally. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Operations Management is a degree completion program that prepares students to develop, improve and manage the processes used to produce and transport products, services and people. The program explores the technical and strategic aspects of producing goods and services while providing students with the foundational operations management skills necessary to become a successful business leader. Students will learn about implementation, innovation, planning and strategy to build a valuable knowledge base and practical skill set. In addition, students are able to partner the Operations Management degree with other School of Professional Studies programs or KU Edwards programs to gain additional expertise related to project management, information technology, or public administration. The program will prepare students to enter careers such as supply chain management, production management, purchasing, project management or other related fields.

This program is offered through the School of Professional Studies and based at the KU Edwards Campus. The degree is designed for students who have already earned an associate’s degree or equivalent hours and are looking to complete the last two years necessary for a bachelor’s degree. The program can be completed fully online, or hybrid, based on students’ location and preference. This program fits well with other transfer degrees within the School of Professional Studies. It will leverage the current transfer community infrastructure to help recruit students from area community colleges.

Job Description:
Teaching – 75%
Teaching three courses each in Fall and Spring semesters and two courses during the summer semester in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Operations Management program at the KU Edwards Campus (KUEC). Teaching responsibilities include curriculum development, instructional design, virtual classroom management, grading and teaching improvement in relation to student and colleague feedback. Faculty are responsible for keeping curriculum up-to-date and engaging with external organizations to ensure relevance to a variety of workplace needs. Provide adequate means to evaluate student performance, including examinations and assignments (such as papers, presentations, etc.) and grading.

Professional Service - 25%
Professional service includes actively engaging in promoting the programs; enhancing and improving its curriculum; engaging in scholarly pedagogical and professional development activities; mentoring students; and collaborating with faculty and staff at the KUEC in promotional activities.

Required Qualifications

  1. Minimum Master’s Degree in Operations Management, Business, Project Management, Engineering Management, Business, Leadership, Management, Technology Management or its equivalent. A master’s degree in other fields may be considered if combined with three or more years of professional experience directly relevant to the teaching assignment.
  2. Years of related experience in operations management required for each rank:
  • Assistant Professor of the Practice: 3-5 years
  • Associate Professor of the Practice 5-15 years
  • Professor of the Practice: 15+ years
  1. Excellence in written communication skills as demonstrated in application materials

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Doctorate Degree in Operations Management, Business, Project Management, Engineering Management, Business, Leadership, Management, Technology Management, Higher Education Administration, or closely related field
  2. Teaching experience in any of the following areas: operations management, enterprise strategy, innovation, enterprise planning and implementation, process management, and ethics.
  3. Experience in promoting educational programs and recruiting students.
  4. Ability to communicate ideas effectively and to work well with others.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered, go to for complete information. A complete online application will include:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less:
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Application review begins Wednesday, May 22, 2023 and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants is identified.

Contact Information to Applicants

John Bricklemyer

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with Experience

Application Review Begins

Monday May 22, 2023

Anticipated Start Date

Saturday July 1, 2023

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  24737BR
  • Department:  School of Professional Studies
  • Primary Campus:  Univ of Kansas Edwards Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Regular
  • Employee Class:  F-Faculty
  • Review Begins:  22-May-2023

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