Assistant Professor, Fall 2022

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

Job Details

Assistant Professor, Fall 2022

Knoxville, TN
Open Date:
Jun 14, 2021

The Department of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management, in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) seeks an Assistant Professor with an emphasis in Hospitality Management. This is a tenure track, nine-month position with salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. 


Generally, this position involves significant responsibility for teaching and research in tourism and hospitality management, and directing graduate students' research, contributing to scholarship through excellent teaching, publishing in refereed journals, and other focused institutional endeavors (e.g., grant writing), participating in planning and coordination of undergraduate programs, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, participating in curriculum evaluation, revision, and development, and participating in department, university and professional society service activities. The department supports programs in Retail and Consumer Science as well as Tourism and Hospitality Management, and as such, the position requires regular planning and coordination with faculty and staff that addresses both sets of programs.

Academic Environment

The Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) program is housed in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Carnegie I Research Institution. The HTM program has approximately 200 students.  The undergraduate and graduate programs are well established and have a celebrated history. The HTM undergraduate curriculum provides students with flexibility in selecting four specialized areas: Tourism Management, Restaurant/Culinary Management, Hotel & Resort Management, and Meeting & Event Design.

Living Environment

The City of Knoxville is a hidden gem with a beautiful and walkable downtown, varied nightlife, active neighborhoods, and eclectic shopping and restaurants. UTK is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Nashville, Atlanta, and the Great Smoky Mountains. The Knoxville-Oak Ridge-Smoky Mountains Region is consistently ranked among the most cost-effective places to live in the U.S. Downtown Knoxville is a vibrant urban community with numerous outstanding restaurants, microbreweries, retailers, entertainment venues, living accommodations and live events of many forms, including a farmers’ market and music performances.


Required Qualifications

The selected candidate will have an earned doctorate at the time of appointment in Hospitality Management or closely related discipline emphasizing hospitality and/or event management, strong evidence of a focused scholastic research agenda via publications in or targeting premier outlets, demonstration of excellent undergraduate and graduate teaching competency/aptitude, effective communication and interpersonal skills, and a substantive commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Desired Qualifications

Preference will be given to the candidates with Hospitality Management and/or Event Management expertise in the following areas: restaurant/food service management, commercial food sales, and culinary. Another preferred qualification includes experience seeking or generating external funding through writing grants and other sources (e.g.,  large-scale event production).

Application Instructions:

Application Information

Screening of applications will begin September 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.  Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, a statement of your commitment and plans to contribute to diversity and inclusion, three references, and transcripts.

For all other questions related to our search, please contact:

Jeremy E. Whaley , Ph.D., Search Committee Chair: [email protected]


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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