Assistant Professor in Hospitality Management

Macomb, McDonough County
Mar 26, 2015
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Company Description:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves more than 12,000 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.


Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.


Job Description:



RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach courses primarily in the lodging area of hospitality management including lodging operations, financial management, marketing and promotion, engineering, theory and research, and legal issues. Conduct scholarship in a related area of expertise and disseminate research in peer-reviewed publications and presentations. Establish effective working relationships and contribute to team initiatives, particularly within the hospitality management program and department. Foster industry relationships and develop cooperative projects within the curriculum. Develop and lead experiential student learning activities. Participate in committee responsibilities at the program, department, college, and university levels or as assigned. Participate in hospitality management professional organizations.


RANK & SALARY: Assistant  professor, salary commensurate with experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: An earned doctorate degree in Hospitality Management or a closely related field by the date of appointment.  Demonstrate ability to teach hospitality management courses as assigned by the department. Ability to integrate technology into the teaching and learning process as well as communicate effectively both written and oral. The required degree must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body).


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: College level teaching experience in hospitality management in the area of lodging. Ability to teach in other areas such as research, professional development and technology within the field of hospitality management. Experience in research and scholarly presentations, professional involvement, and securing external funding.  Industry experience in lodging systems in hospitality management.

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality offers the Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) with options in Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising, and Hotel/Restaurant Management. Approximately twelve tenure track and associate faculty make up the department's teaching cadre for the three options. The dietetics program is acredited by ACEND, and the department is working toward applying for acreditation for the hospitality managent program. For more information, visit the department's website at .


THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review and one of 39 public universities ranked a top tier "Best Midwestern University" by U.S.News & World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves approximately 12,200 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.


The WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Western is a comprehensive university offering 65 undergraduate and 37 graduate degree programs, including a doctorate in education. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, the University's 612 full-time faculty members teach 93.5 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to 10 pre-professional degree programs and 19 certificate programs.


Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications.


WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 10,003): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select graduate programs, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).


WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,204): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, at its metropolitan, non-residential campuses in Moline, IL (population 44,000). The Quad Cities (population 376,000) rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and is comprised of Moline and Rock Island in western Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. Moline, Illinois is home to the Quad Cities International Airport.

Application Instructions:

APPLICATION: Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

4) copies of unofficial academic transcripts, official transcripts will be requested of selected candidate


Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL


**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.


Screening will begin on April 27, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.


Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Carol Longley, PhD, RD at


For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977 or via email at