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Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Assistant Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology, School of Hospitality, Administration

Tracking Code23599932150809Job Description

Boston University invites applications for a non-tenure track Assistant Professor position in the School of Hospitality Administration (SHA)

One Assistant Professor specializing in leadership and/or industrial/organizational psychology.

Central to the hospitality industry is the creation of memorable, high-quality experiences, across digital and physical touchpoints. These experiences are designed not only for customers, but also for employees of the organization, as part of its experience management practice—the process of monitoring every interaction that people (customers, employees, and other key stakeholders) have with the organization to identify opportunities for improvement, innovation, and disruption. In addition to the study of human behavior at the individual level, experience management also emphasizes understanding how organizations develop an experience-focused culture.

We see candidates with an educational background in a field that specializes in the scientific study of human and/or organizational behavior from an intra-organizational perspective, with the aim to design effective employee-focused organizations (e.g., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Psychology/Social Psychology, Hospitality Business Management with an HR/I-O Psychology focus). Experience and/or demonstrated interest in the hospitality industry is highly desirable. This unique position integrates employee and guest perspectives to more extensively address how hospitality organizations create positive, holistic experiences for each of its stakeholders.

The ideal candidate must demonstrate a willingness to develop and teach innovative courses and conduct research on topics such as leadership, human resource management, workplace diversity, employee training and development, and employee experience management. Must also demonstrate a willingness to collaborate with colleagues at SHA to conduct research on key factors of the experience that are both internal and external to hospitality organizations.


Assistant Professors are expected to teach, conduct, and actively publish peer-reviewed scholarly research, as well as participate in professional and university service.

All faculty members are expected to develop connections with industry professionals and to continuously update their expertise through industry consulting and scholarly activities. Faculty members are also expected to advise individual students and student groups, and to participate in school and university service activities.

School Profile: The School of Hospitality Administration at Boston University is a specialized business program focused on the hospitality sector, especially the hotel and restaurant industries, with a solid liberal arts foundation, with approximately three hundred students enrolled. SHA is part of a major research university, located in a cosmopolitan city with world-class academic institutions and a vibrant hospitality sector. With a core focus on lodging and accommodations as well as restaurant and food & Beverage. We continue to push the limits of the definition of “hospitality” to include senior living, retail, sports, workplace - areas in which the element of human interaction provides memorable experiences.

Boston University is an AAU institution with a rich tradition dedicated to inclusion and social justice. We are proud that we were the first American university to award a Ph.D. to a woman and of our record of inclusiveness. The School of Hospitality Administration includes diversity as one of five strategic goals. We are dedicated to increasing the participation of all talented students and are committed to the pursuit of hospitality research, innovation, and advancement by underrepresented groups at BU and beyond.

Required Skills

Qualifications: Candidates for the Assistant Professor position should have earned doctoral degrees in relevant fields. Evidence of effective teaching and potential for high quality research required. Candidates should be able to teach related courses. Experience in working with federal grants, international exposure and work experience are highly desired. Aptitude in innovative quantitative research methods, including but not limited to big data methods, is highly desirable.


Application: This appointment will begin in Fall 2024. Application deadline is 10/1/23, or until the position is filled. SHA believes that the cultural and social diversity of our faculty, staff, and students is vitally important to the distinction and excellence of our research and academic programs. To that, we are especially eager to have join our ranks a colleague who supports our institutional commitment to ensuring BU is inclusive, equitable, diverse, and a place where all constituents can thrive. Please send curriculum vitae and contact information for three academic references (Including name, telephone number, mailing address, and email address). Electronic submission is preferred. Questions regarding the position may be directed to chair search committee at Salary will be commensurate with experience. Please make a note of which position you are interested in applying.

Chair, Faculty Search Committee

Boston University School of Hospitality Administration

928 Commonwealth Avenue

BU conducts a background check on all final candidates for certain faculty and staff positions. The background check includes contacting the final candidate’s current and previous employer(s) to ask whether, in the last seven years, there has been a substantiated finding of misconduct violating that employer’s applicable sexual misconduct policies. To implement this process, the University requires a final candidate to complete and sign the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” after execution of an offer letter.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Job LocationBoston, Massachusetts, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


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