Professor of Practice, Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management

Laramie, Wyoming
Jul 09, 2018
Position Type
Alt-Ac & Post-Ac
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Wyoming (UW) invites applications for Professor of Practice in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management. We seek an accomplished and creative individual to provide teaching and service consistent with the educational mission of the University of Wyoming. The Bachelor of Science degree in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management is one of UW’s newest, offered through / housed in / delivered by the Helga Otto Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources.

This position is a 9-month, non-tenure-track Professor of Practice position with appointments in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources (75%) and the College of Business (25%). The Professor of Practice will demonstrate deep knowledge of tourism and hospitality theory and practice; design and deliver a variety of undergraduate courses while aiding the institution, state and tourism industry through service. We seek candidates with experience in, and understanding of, interdisciplinary and applied teaching, as well as outstanding communication and relationship-building skills that advance the Haub School’s reputation and vision. Preferred candidates will have substantial experience with tourism theory and practice, hospitality management, private industry, teaching, interdisciplinary academic programs, and working with diverse populations. Preferred candidates will also have experience with delivering or developing applied experience courses or training programs.

The successful candidate will develop and teach undergraduate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management courses. These may include courses in an innovative professional semester of applied experience courses and capstone projects in collaboration with agencies, organizations, and businesses. The successful candidate will also teach College of Business courses in an area of expertise. Additionally, this position will assist with the design and implementation of an innovative professional semester of applied experience and capstone projects in collaboration with agencies, organizations, and businesses. 


  • Significant tourism, hospitality, and/or outdoor recreation industry experience; 
  • Bachelor’s and master’s degree in a field related to recreation, tourism, and/or business discipline;  
  • Teaching or training experience; 
  • A demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary teaching/training and approaches in related fields.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in a related field; 
  • College-level teaching and course design experience;  
  • Service to recreation, tourism or hospitality industry;
  • Experience delivering or developing applied experience courses or training programs; 
  • Experience working in interdisciplinary teams;
  • Experience with programs or professions accredited by Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism.

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

The Haub School is a growing academic unit that includes six undergraduate and graduate degree programs that serve ~250 students, the Ruckelshaus Institute that conducts innovative outreach, and nineteen core faculty and staff. The Haub School partners with programs, faculty, staff, and students throughout the UW campus, as well as a broad network of statewide, regional, national, and international partners, to promote excellence in environmental and natural resources education, research, and outreach. Since 1993, the Haub School has been a nexus for interdisciplinary environmental and natural resources education and inquiry. The school’s curricula emphasize collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches that prepare students to become thoughtful future leaders and problem solvers in environmental and natural resources fields. Students learn in the classroom, in the outstanding natural outdoor laboratory that is Wyoming, and overseas via the Haub School's international field courses. The Ruckelshaus Institute, a division of the Haub School, supports stakeholder-driven solutions to environmental and natural resources challenges throughout the state and region through compelling science communication and by promoting collaborative decision making. The Haub School’s faculty maintain active research or creative programs that address environmental and natural resources questions from both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. 

University of Wyoming and Surroundings

Established in 1886, UW is a land-grant institution providing undergraduate and graduate programs to 13,800 students from all 50 states and 94 countries. The university is located in Laramie, a city of approximately 30,000 on a high plain between the Laramie and Snowy Range mountains, 145 miles north of Denver. The community’s distinctive cultural, aesthetic, and natural resources include a vibrant visual and performing artsscene, beautiful mountain views, and close proximity to year-round outdoor recreation such as hiking, climbing, skiing, mountain biking, fishing, and hunting. 

Application Instructions

Candidates should submit an online application at www.uwyo.edualong with a letter of interest, a detailed CV, and contact information for four references (to be contacted only for finalists) uploaded as one document. Address applications to the search chair, Dr. Doug Wachob, Academic Programs Director. Nominations and expressions of interest will be held in confidence until on-campus interviews are conducted. Application process questions can be addressed to Kim Messersmith at [email protected].  

Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. The University’s policy has been, and will continue to be, one of nondiscrimination, offering equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their color, religion, national origin, disability, age veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, political belief, or other status protected by state and federal statutes or University Regulations. 

The University of Wyoming is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search, employment and motor vehicle history. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check. 

Review of applications begins on September 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is November 1, 2018 but is negotiable.