Assistant Professor - Hotel and Restaurant Management

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Assistant Professor - Hotel and Restaurant Management

Location: School of Hotel Restaurant Mgt
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606629
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Workplace Culture


Welcome to the nationally-ranked School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.

The School of Hotel and Restaurant Management was created in 1986 in recognition of the need to develop a strong hospitality program to meet the needs of the industry in Arizona. Since that time, the school has grown to offer one of the largest and most respected hospitality programs in the world.

The school is comprised of students, faculty, researchers, practitioners, and staffers all working together to help and shape and grow tomorrow's professional workforce. That means helping not only traditional college students, but also older students preparing for a career change or advancement. The school's four-year bachelor's degree is available via partnership programs with Scottsdale Community colleges as well as online.

Thanks for your interest in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. We hope you'll find everything you'd like to know on these pages.


  • To provide outstanding and accessible learning experiences that prepare our diverse student body for:
    • Successful hospitality service management careers.
    • Responsible citizenship and productive leadership.
    • Life-long learning and personal fulfillment.
  • To anticipate and respond to the educational and training needs of the Arizona Hospitality Industry.
  • To increase educational resources for program support and grants.
  • To improve the quality of life for all associated with the school.

  • We will be recognized as a premier hospitality services management school by our stakeholders
  • We will prepare students for leadership responsibilities in the hospitality services industry by providing meaningful academic programs and practical industry experiences.
  • We will be a leading provider of high quality, affordable, and convenient distance learning that “brings programs to the students.”
  • We will serve an extended family of alumni, industry leaders, and community partners with dynamic relationships to provide innovative research and training programs that achieve a high quality, sought after, and more financially independent program.

Special Information

We are seeking to fill a 9-month tenure track Assistant Professor of Lodging in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management with a focus in lodging operations to begin in August 2023. This position will be located at the Flagstaff Mountain campus.

Job Description

  • Teach up to 9 credit hours of undergraduate courses in each of the fall and spring semesters; possible opportunity to teach in summer and winter for additional income. Typically, this will entail teaching in lodging & management courses.
  • Enhance the HRM program by working closely with industry, inviting industry practitioners as guest speakers to classes, and engaging in community outreach.
  • The successful applicant will be able to teach a wide range of HRM courses, with particular interest or ability to teach Lodging Operations, and also prefer experience in one of the following NAU Franke College of Business vertical areas including: Information Technology, Hotel Operations, and Revenue & Facilities Management.
  • Demonstrate commitment to student success, program advancement, & scholarly publications.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Earned Doctorate in Hospitality Management or related field from accredited institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to create impactful publications in peer reviewed journals (e.g., widely read peer-reviewed and trade articles).
  • Evidence of working with historically underrepresented constituencies.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated evidence of currency in the hospitality industry.
  • Prior teaching experience and evidence of teaching effectiveness.
  • Demonstrated excellence in working with historically underrepresented constituencies.
  • Five years of upper-level management experience (Assistant General Manager, General Manager, or Regional Manager).

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

As of 12/10/21, the Safer Federal Workforce employee vaccination requirement is currently suspended pending the outcome of a federal court-issued injunction. This injunction has suspended the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. For current status of the vaccine requirement and/or questions, please visit FAQs for Employee Vaccination Requirement.

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting. If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with experience.


This is an Administrative Faculty (ADF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); 22 days of vacation, sick leave accruals, and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Administrative Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable annually according to the terms of offer. Upon completion of the administrative assignment, employees will return to the faculty role, renewable according to the Conditions of Faculty Service. Academic year (9 month) faculty do not accrue vacation. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.
NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on October 27, 2022.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Your application must be submitted online to be reviewed and should include: (1) a cover letter addressing the job description and preferred qualifications (max. 2 pages) (2) a current resume' or curriculum vitae, (3) recent teaching evaluations (if applicable), (4) research and teaching philosophy (single page), (5) contact information for at least three professional references including mailing and email addresses, and phone numbers, and (6) a one-page diversity statement. Please attach all documents as PDF or Word files. Please do not include any research samples or publications, listing the citations/references will be sufficient for the committee.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Questions regarding this position can be directed to the Chair Galen Collins of the Search Committee: [email protected]

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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