February 4, 2014

Niagara University, New York

Niagara University is seeking an entrepreneurial leader to serve as Dean of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management (COHTM). The anticipated start date for this position is between June 1 and July 1 of 2014, or shortly thereafter.

Founded in 1856, Niagara University is a liberal arts university in the Vincentian and Catholic traditions. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs and serves about 3,600 students on its picturesque campus, overlooking the Niagara River gorge on the US/Canadian border. The campus is in close proximity to major centers in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The College of Hospitality and Tourism Management was originally formed in 1968 as the Institute of Transportation, Travel and Tourism offering the world’s first bachelor’s degree in tourism. The College was originally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA) in 1993. The College offers four custom-designed international programs including a work abroad program in Lake Como, Italy and a dual degree program in Germany. It is a founding member of Leading Hotel Schools of the World, now known as Hotel Schools of Distinction. The College has a strong practical industry applications focus supported by an active alumni association and a broad network of industry partners.

The Dean of the College is responsible for the general administration of the college and is also charged with fostering and nurturing the growth and academic excellence of the college, in accordance with the mission of the university. The next dean of the college must have passion to lead a talented group of faculty to continue the growth and development of current and future programs offered and to continue providing students with exceptional learning and mentoring opportunities. Presently, the COHTM offers undergraduate programs of study in hospitality, including hotel management and restaurant management; tourism; and sport management. In addition, a master’s program in sport management began in fall 2013. The Dean must have a demonstrated intellectual distinction as a faculty member, along with substantial experience that demonstrates strong leadership, administrative, communication, and interpersonal skills. The next Dean must possess deep knowledge of current theories, principles, and practices associated with one or more disciplines in the college, including: curricula, instruction and assessment, as well as experience with accreditation standards and processes, ideally with the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA). As part of an outstanding institution of higher education in the Northeast, the Dean works directly with the Vice President of Academic Affairs to engage the community and the region as thought leaders serving as catalysts to strategically increase tourism in the Western New York region; working with government and regional stakeholders. Recent educational outcomes for the college are quite impressive, including 100% of all graduates being employed or enrolled in graduate studies within 6 months of graduation.

Qualified candidates must possess a terminal degree in an appropriate field and significant higher education academic administrative experience. Candidates must submit a letter of interest, a current curriculum vita, and a list of three professional references. References will only be contacted with prior approval when select candidates are recognized as being under serious consideration for this position. Applications will be formally reviewed beginning February 28, 2014; the application process remains open until the position is filled.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Niagara University offers a competitive benefits package. To view posting and further application instructions go to Niagara University’s electronic application:

Niagara University is an equal-opportunity affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.