Assistant Professor - Hospitality & Tourism - #002031

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Assistant Professor - Hospitality & Tourism - #002031


Ent, Hosp, Tourism, Mkt, Sports Mgt

Position Summary:

The School of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Sport Management, and Hospitality & Tourism Management, one of three schools in the College of Business, invites applications for a 9-month Assistant Professor tenure-track faculty position in Hospitality & Tourism Management beginning in August 1, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to contribute to the mission of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program which seeks to prepare graduates to be Business Ready® to meet the needs of the industry and become leading professionals in their field. The mission is achieved through sound theoretical course work, research and innovative learning activities, industry engagement and service learning.

This position requires teaching courses at the undergraduate level, delivering experiential and applied learning to students, teaching both online and face-to-face courses, advising, and service activities. The normal teaching load is 18 semester hours per academic year. Some teaching responsibilities may be at off-site locations and during evening hours.

Successful candidate will engage in scholarly research and publication. Western Carolina University recognizes and rewards all legitimate forms of scholarly activity described by Ernest Boyer: scholarship of discovery, scholarship of integration, scholarship of application, and scholarship of teaching and learning.

Successful candidate will contribute in the further development and growth of the Hospitality and Tourism Program at Western Carolina University and will provide a vision for its place within the university and the region. A commitment to active engagement with professionals in the regional business community supporting economic development is expected. The successful candidate will contribute leadership and assist with program implementation duties for the Hospitality and Tourism Program. Willingness/ability to participate in and/or develop collaborative working environment will be required.

Western Carolina University is a regional comprehensive university located in Cullowhee, NC, in a scenic rural valley between the Blue Ridge and Great Smokey Mountains. Cullowhee is 50 miles west of Asheville, NC, and 2 ½ hours north of Atlanta.

Carnegie statement:

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position:

The ability to teach in multiple content areas (at least 2 of the 3 concentration areas: Tourism, Lodging & Club management, Food & Beverage, and Meetings and Events) and relevant professional experience are preferred.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in Hospitality & Tourism or an appropriate business field from an accredited institution or a terminal degree in a closely related field.

If ABD, the dissertation must be successfully defended by the end of the Spring 2021 semester.

Preferred Qualifications:

Professional hospitality industry experience and evidence of professional and community service.

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Permanent Full-Time

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Special Instructions to Applicants:


Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants must submit the following documents online:
1) a letter of application,
2) curriculum vita,
3) contact information for three professional references and
4) copies of transcripts from terminal degree.

For questions or additional information, please contact: Dr. Kadence Otto, email: [email protected] or 828-227-3548. Please do not email application materials.


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.




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Posted: 2/9/2021
Application Due: 4/14/2021
Work Type: Full Time