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Assistant Professor - Hospitality and Tourism Management (College of Community & Public Service)

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Work type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: College of Community & Public Service

Position Summary

Grand Valley State University’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) is seeking a tenure-track faculty member, effective August of 2019, with management experience in hospitality operations and financial decision making. The position will be at the rank of Assistant Professor. Responsibilities include teaching and mentoring undergraduate students, developing a stream of applied research, fulfilling service responsibilities of GVSU, and establishing professional relationships with companies and organizations in the hospitality industry. This is a 9-month tenure-track academic appointment.

Required Qualifications and Education:

A terminal degree in hospitality or a closely related field (ABD will be considered). Substantial management level experience in the hospitality industry with expertise in the area of operations and financial decision making, evidence of effective and innovative college-level teaching, and exhibited potential for scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications:

Extensive knowledge and practical experience in the area of food and beverage management including but not limited to food production management, beverage management, food safety, and restaurant related technology and systems.

About Our Program

The HTM department, established in 1977, currently enrolls over 400 undergraduate students (including those in our unique Adventure Tourism Management minor) and employs 13 full time and a number of part-time faculty. This position will provide exceptional opportunities to teach a variety of courses, conduct applied research, and lead industry related projects to help further the reputation of the program as a premium provider of quality HTM education. The departmental offices are in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, within walking distance of a vibrant hospitality community, including luxury and boutique hotels, award-winning convention space, a variety of food and beverage experiences at more than 40 restaurants and bars, and access to Experience Grand Rapids, the region’s highly effective destination marketing organization.

Our program ( offers a curriculum with multiple career emphases. Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution, with approximately 25,000 students and an average class size of 27. GVSU has been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for many years by Institutional Research and Evaluation and was named among the best universities in the Midwest by the Princeton Review as well as one of the country's most green universities by the Sierra Club.

Salary: Commensurate with credentials and experience

Department/Division: Hospitality and Tourism Management

Campus: Grand Rapids

Application Deadline: Review of applications will commence in February 2019 and may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

How to Apply: Apply online at  Include a letter of application, vita, and a list of 3 references. The online system will allow you to attach these documents electronically. If you need assistance or have questions, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. For further information, e-mail Mike Sciarini, search committee chair at or call (616) 331-2104. The starting date for this position is August 2019.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See [Include the following for job advertisements:] TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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