Assistant Professor: Hospitality and Tourism Management

San Diego, California
Aug 10, 2017
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SDSU is an established and acknowledged leader in the twenty-three-campus California State University system. With more than 7,700 faculty and staff and 35,000 students, it is one of the largest universities in the western United States. The University offers 91 bachelor, 78 master degrees and 22 joint doctorates. SDSU is located less than 25 miles from the United States/Mexico border and places an increasing emphasis on international research and preparing students for a global future. It is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral-granting institution with high research activity and receives over $130 million in external research grants and awards annually. The student body is among the most diverse in the United States and the university is known for cultivating a welcoming environment with a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusive excellence whether such diversity is presented through cultural, racial, sexual identity or veteran status.  As such, SDSU has received national recognition ranging from the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED), being one of the nation’s best universities for women Professional Women’s Magazine, among the Best Colleges for Veterans by the Military Times, and as a top LGBT Friendly campus according to

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College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA)

The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts comprises seven professional schools and three departments committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors. With over 5,000 majors and approximately 300 faculty, PSFA is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social and technical fields. The College views its connection to the local and global community as a “laboratory for learning” and educational opportunities that prepare the student to engage in the worldwide community through creativity, involvement, leadership and innovation are a hallmark of the PSFA experience. The College actively seeks applications from candidates whose professional interests align with SDSU and PSFA’s strategic goals, which will sustain excellence in their research, promote student success, and continue to advance our commitment to diversity.

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L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

The L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts is an academic unit encompassing two bachelor’s degrees: Hospitality and Tourism Management and Recreation and Tourism Management; a master’s in hospitality & tourism management and a minor in Recreation and Tourism Management. It is one of just two named schools at SDSU.  The school also encompasses seven programmatic areas of emphasis.  The school currently has 23 faculty and lecturers and 9 staff members who support the department.  These faculty members along with the school director, and student assistants serve about 500 matriculated students.

The Payne School has established itself as a true innovator and pioneer in global hospitality service leadership education.  The school receives significant financial support through philanthropy, reflecting its relevance, rigor and compelling results from its alumni.

The School supports numerous programs including the China Hospitality Education Initiative, Brinker Executive in Residence, the Conrad N. Hilton Distinguished Lecturer Series, the Brown Family Executive in Residence, the Bartell Family Visiting Lectureship, The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Student Center for Professional Development, the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming, The Hilton Mentorship Center, the Institute for Meetings and Events (IME) and many more.



We are seeking a passionate teacher-scholar to join our faculty at the assistant professor level for a Fall 2018 appointment.  Ideal candidates embrace a leadership development mindset, are energized by engaging students in integrative learning and high-impact experiences, demonstrate enthusiasm for a research agenda aligned with the experience economy context, and a genuine desire to get involved on and off-campus.

Initial teaching assignments will focus on core undergraduate classes in the service-leadership course sequence to include existing courses such as HTM 201 Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management, HTM 301 Service Leadership Development, and HTM 491 Leadership and Self Development.  These core courses involve increasingly complex experiential learning projects, aligned with program level learning outcomes, and a research driven competency model of hospitality leadership.  We seek a faculty member who is driven to capitalize on the ample opportunities to contribute novel, and meaningful learning activities, inside and outside the classroom. Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate an ability to create these innovative, high impact, experiential learning activities, and contribute above and beyond the classroom as described.

The position will also have responsibility for consistent productivity in scholarly research, and high quality peer-reviewed publications are required for promotion.  Research interests with relevance to the broad context of leading in the experience economy context will be privileged, because they align with program learning outcomes and provide opportunities to collaborate with current faculty.

The pursuit of personal passions is embedded in our School culture, and the faculty, staff, and students build strong community and industry partnerships.  This position is well suited for a faculty member with genuine interest in mentoring students, and engaging with community and industry partners as part of the university service requirement. Practical professional experience is highly desired in an area of hospitality management, guest service management or any field focused on providing memorable guest experiences.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.


Earned doctorate in hospitality management, business administration, organizational psychology, human resource development or related field is required.  Teaching experience at the university level including demonstrated innovation in crafting high impact student experiences, demonstrated professional growth including research and publications, and demonstrated leadership capacities transferable to the hospitality, recreation and tourism industry are required.  Candidates who are able to illustrate an ability and drive toward student mentoring and leader development, particularly with under-represented communities is strongly desired. In addition, industry experience is strongly preferred in an area of hospitality management, guest service management or any field focused on providing memorable guest experiences.


Review of materials will begin on September 18, 2017 and continue until the candidate is selected. Candidates should submit a letter of application, a detailed curriculum vita, and three letters of recommendation, transcripts, and sample copies (just a few) of publications.  Please apply via Interfolio at

Questions about this position should sent to Professor Mark Testa, Ph.D.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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