Assistant Professor in Hospitality Management

October 10, 2012

The Hospitality Management Program seeks to fill two nine-month academic appointments through an open search for all qualified and interested candidates. Two successful candidates for this position will begin their faculty appointment at SDSU in August 2013 as Assistant Professors. Salary will be commensurate with experience and credentials.

Teaching: Standard teaching load in Hospitality Management with assignments through the various levels and types of courses offered in the program. Provide leadership in curriculum development, assessment and accreditation efforts, and student recruitment and retention.
Research: Develop a track record of peer-reviewed and externally funded scholarly and/or creative activities.
Service: Serve on committees in the university, the college, and the department and provide service to the profession, the industry, and the region.

Required Qualifications:
Candidates will hold a terminal degree, with at least one degree in Hospitality Management. Candidates must also demonstrate effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
An earned Doctoral degree in Hospitality Management or related field is preferred. A broad background in Hospitality Management with expertise to teach in a range of areas across the four years of the curriculum is preferred. Preference will be given to those candidates who have a proven record of teaching, scholarship, and grant writing. The candidate should be able to demonstrate experience with the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA) process, and exhibit the ability to contribute to and participate actively in the program. Participation in relevant professional organizations is desirable. Doctoral candidates will be considered on a one-year term appointment at the instructor level with the completion of the terminal degree required within a year of initial hire date.

University/Community Overview:
South Dakota State University is located in Brookings – a community of 20,000 people; excellent K-12 schools; major medical facilities; an active social and cultural environment; an innovative manufacturing base; and a strong, warm, nurturing college town sensibility. SDSU was founded in 1881 as South Dakota’s land grant college. Today it has grown to be the state’s largest institution of higher education with nearly 13,000 students and a reputation for collaborative, innovative, and personal education.

The Department of Consumer Sciences is one of the four departments in the College of Education and Human Sciences, with undergraduate major programs in Hospitality Management, Aviation, Apparel Merchandising, Consumer Affair, and Interior Design, and Master’s programs in Financial Planning and Merchandising.

The Hospitality Management program at SDSU is an integral part of the Department of Consumer Sciences in the College of Education and Human Sciences. This program consists of 50-60 undergraduate students, two full-time, and one part-time faculty. The Hospitality Management program has a very intimate faculty-to-student ratio that attracts strong, bright, and engaged students predominantly from agrarian communities across South Dakota and Western Minnesota. Over the last few years, while working toward accreditation with ACPHA, the program has built a positive reputation in the region for professionally focused Hospitality Management students and our graduates are integral parts of successful practices across the nation.

Application Deadline:
Open until filled with full consideration given to application materials received by December 15, 2012.

Application Process:
SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply: visit, search site by position title, review the job announcement, and follow the site’s instructions. To complete the application process, the employment site will ask candidates for five attachments in .doc or .pdf format:

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vita
  • brief statement of teaching philosophy
  • brief statement of research / scholarship activities and plans
  • three professional references each with telephone, email, and mailing addresses

The search committee will not review incomplete on-line applications. Candidates with completed applications will receive acknowledgement letters within a week. Additional documentation may be requested of candidates at a later date.

Contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with the on-line process.
For questions about this position contact Search Committee Chair, Julie Bell, at (605) 688-4015 or

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made at TTY (605) 688-4394. SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Administration 324, SDSU, Brookings, South Dakota 57007 USA. Phone: 01 (605) 688-4128