Assistant Professor - Event Management (65033)

Assistant Professor - Event Management (65033)

Gainesville, FL
Open Date:
Sep 30, 2020
Close Date:
Feb 26, 2021

The Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management (THEM) at the University of Florida (UF) invites applications for a faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Event Management. The successful candidate will work closely with the Chair and THEM faculty members to develop a cutting-edge curriculum, enhance the undergraduate experience, grow bachelor’s and master’s enrollment, and enrich the doctoral program of the Department. The search committee strongly encourages applications and nominations of women and persons of underrepresented groups.

We are seeking a candidate who can complement and extend our department of talented faculty who lead internationally recognized research programs centered on hospitality analytics, crisis management, sustainability, and/or sport and event tourism at local, national, and international venues. THEM prepares students to gain competency in industry knowledge, develop intellectual abilities, and foster adaptive and technical leadership skills. In addition, the focus on the growth of individual and group dynamics through critical thinking and experiential learning is emphasized so that students will create change in an ever-evolving industry. Graduates pursue a wide range of exciting career opportunities including travel and tourism, resorts, hotels and attractions, event management, and many other options. The Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute is housed within the Department and provides an internationally recognized research and education network of researchers and the tourism industry.  

The University of Florida campus is located “where nature and culture meet”—in the city of Gainesville, which is repeatedly cited as one of the top places to live in the U.S. The University of Florida is ranked #6 in public Universities in the U.S.  The state of Florida has a dynamic hospitality and tourism industry that receives more than 100 million visitors annually. The Department is uniquely situated to nurture a trove of beneficial partnerships for event management across the state.  

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The Assistant Professor in Event Management will have the academic and industry experience qualifications that earn the respect of the faculty, students, and the professional staff of the Department. The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to scholarly excellence.  Like other current THEM faculty, the new faculty is expected to actively seek sponsored research and attend to the further development of research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. The candidate will be expected to demonstrate many, if not all, of the following qualifications and experience:

• An earned doctorate (or terminal degree) in Event Management or related field
• Excellent teaching and communication skills, both oral and written; clear devotion to students and the missions of higher education 
• Festival planning, event analytics and AI applications in the discipline, event/hospitality management, and operation are preferred
• A commitment to enhancing and nourishing a cultural climate that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of the Department
• Rich industry experiences and connections, including a record in working in the event, hospitality, tourism, or attraction industries
• A rising scholar who displays professional integrity and collegiality. 

Application Instructions:

This is a 9-month, fulltime (1.0 FTE) position that begins August 16, 2021. UF has a competitive benefits package, and department faculty may be eligible for summer salary. Interested applicants must apply online at (reference job 65033) and include (1) an application letter summarizing qualifications, ongoing research, and interest in the Department of Tourism Hospitality and Event Management; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of five references. The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to receive applications until the position is filled; however, to receive full consideration, complete applications must be received by December 1, 2020. Send inquiries and nominations to Dr. Heather Gibson Search Committee Chair, at [email protected]

The final candidate will be required to provide official transcripts to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity, inclusivity, and excellence of the academic community. UF is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. The selection process will be conducted in accordance with Florida's 'Government in the Sunshine' and Public Records Laws. Call (352) 392-2HRS (2477) or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD) if a disability accommodation is needed to apply.

The University of Florida

The University of Florida is ranked #6 in public Universities in the U.S. and the flagship of Florida’s state university system. Located in Gainesville since 1905, UF has 16 colleges, a major academic health center, a championship-winning athletic program, and, in keeping with its land-grant mission, one of the nation’s most comprehensive agriculture and natural resources programs. All are located on the university’s 2,000-acre campus, joining its historic core with advanced facilities and preserved natural areas, and connecting to adjacent innovation, commercial and residential districts.

UF has 54,000 students, 31,000 employees, 5,500 faculty members, a $5 billion annual budget and more than 140 mission-focused units across the state of Florida. It is the Sunshine State’s only member of the Association of American Universities, an organization comprised of the nation’s 65 leading public and private research universities. It is ranked 7th in the U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings, 2nd in Kiplinger’s Best College Values and 6th in The New York Times College Access Index. UF has 45 elections to the National Academies and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as 51 fellows with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Several qualities distinguish UF among today’s leading public research universities. The first is its highly comprehensive breadth on a single campus, facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration among, for example, faculty within the adjacent colleges of journalism, business, engineering, and medicine. The second is its unwavering support from the State of Florida, which has endorsed UF’s drive to become one of the nation’s very best public research universities—supporting that effort since 2013 with hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funding to grow the University’s faculty ranks. UF’s third exceptional quality is its dynamism. Like the state of Florida, now the nation’s third-largest and among its fastest-growing, UF is undergoing rapid transformation as it pursues its overarching aspiration “to be a premier university that the state, nation and world look to for leadership.”

The Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management

The Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management (THEM) is situated within the College of Health and Human Performance. There are four departments in the college, including Applied Physiology & Kinesiology, Health Education and Behavior, THEM and Sport Management. THEM was formed in the summer of 2019 out of a College restructuring effort to create more focused disciplines. The former Department of Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management was dissolved to create two separate departments, THEM and Sport Management. Fall 2019 marks the first academic semester in which the departments are operating autonomously. 

THEM has a faculty of seven, full-time, tenure-track faculty and two full-time lecturers. With a commitment to academic rigor and the highest standard of research, THEM faculty drive highly ranked programs, such as the Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism program which was ranked #10 in the U.S. in 2017 (Center for World University Rankings). Notable to the Department is the excellence in teaching and research, particularly in concert with graduate student success. Departmental faculty are active in recruiting graduate students and serving as accessible mentors and guides for students, with individual advising for every graduate student in the program. 

THEM is home to 150 undergraduate majors who earn a Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management. Since spring 2020, the Department offers an online bachelor’s degree program. Eleven students are enrolled across two masters programs in the Department, a Master of Science in Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management and an online version of the same degree that launched in Fall 2019. There are 15 doctoral students. 

The Department is set apart by the opportunity for students to draw on a global perspective through programmatic offerings and in the classroom. Two thirds of the THEM faculty are international faculty, and there are currently three study abroad programs offered from the department with programs in Australia, Italy, and Fiji. This international tenor within the Department fosters exceptional programming partnerships across the world in nations such as Australia, Italy, Russia, Fiji, and New Zealand. The rich cultural aspect of the department also serves as a unique opportunity for students to gain a global perspective on tourism, hospitality, and event management.  


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