Purdue University Northwest
Hammond, Indiana
Dec 17, 2018
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Purdue University Northwest (PNW) invites nominations and applications for the Director of The White Lodging School of Hospitality & Tourism Management.

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is an academically comprehensive, student-centered university located in northwest Indiana, just southeast of Chicago. As an independent university within the Purdue University system, PNW fosters a vibrant academic community for its more than 10,000 students through high quality and engaging undergraduate and graduate education. Offering nearly 70 academic programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, PNW’s colleges, schools, and centers are distinguished through prestigious accreditations, national recognitions, and competitive rankings. The University is widely respected for its faculty’s dedication to student success through experiential learning and collaborative research across its two culturally diverse campuses in Hammond and Westville, Indiana.

The Hospitality & Tourism Management Program (HTM), a signature offering at PNW, lays claim to a 30-year history of growth and development. In 2009, the University received a transformational $5 million gift from the White Family in support of the expansion of the HTM Program, and the Program was renamed The White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. The School, located on the Hammond campus, currently offers bachelor’s programs in Hospitality and Tourism Management; Hospitality and Tourism Management, Concentration: Food and Beverage; and Multidisciplinary Studies, Concentration: Fitness Management. Several minors and certificates are also offered. In 2013 the School earned the coveted ACPHA Accreditation. There are currently about 215 undergraduate students in the School. HTM student outcomes are superb, with 95% percent of students employed in their field of choice post-graduation. There are seven full-time faculty members, an executive chef, a large number of guest lecturers, and three staff members in the School. For more information about the School, please visit:

The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Business, and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: providing leadership, vision, and oversight for the School as well as overall direction for all programs; overseeing curriculum development, revision, and change as well as program integrity and quality; overseeing program evaluation and assessment related to professional standards and ACPHA accreditation; advancing student support and student engagement initiatives that will continue to improve retention, graduation, and post-graduation outcomes for students; and fostering existing and new relationships with external stakeholders that will benefit the School, community, and regional economic development.

The next Director will have the opportunity to lead a number of priorities including identifying growth opportunities for enrollment markets and programming; fostering interdisciplinarity and collaboration across PNW; expanding scholarship and applied research; and continuing to cultivate donor relations. The successful candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications: a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited institution, Ph.D. in a related field is preferred; the qualifications to earn the rank of Professor or Associate Professor within the School coupled with a record of teaching and applied scholarship; and experience working in the hospitality and/or tourism industries, among others. For more information regarding the search, please visit:

Review of candidates will begin immediately. To be considered for this role, please send a résumé or CV and letter of interest to the email address listed below. For best consideration, please send all confidential nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest by January 31, 2019 to:

Ms. Julie E. Tea, Partner

Ms. Lindsay Allison, Associate

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP

[email protected]

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