Business Analytics/Information Technology in Hospitality Management

November 9, 2012

The Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) in the Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech, invites applications and nominations for a faculty position in the applications of business analytics and information technology to hospitality management. Business analytics is broadly defined to include teaching and research on the creation, maintenance, analysis and managerial applications of “big data” systems, such as hotel analytics, social media analytics, and customer relationship management systems analytics.

The position may be at the level of an assistant or associate professor and will begin August, 2013. A Ph.D. is required for the position; individuals who are ABD and anticipate finishing within one academic semester will be considered. Additionally, potential for an exemplary teaching and scholarly record in business analytics, information technology or related areas and the ability to work effectively in a collegial environment are required qualifications. Professional experience in hospitality management and demonstrated teaching and scholarly excellence in business analytics, information technology or related areas are preferred qualifications. The appointment and salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience and qualifications.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. courses offered by the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department as assigned by the Department Head, to pursue a program of research in business analytics, information technology or related areas leading to research grants and publication in major academic journals in Hospitality and Tourism Management and allied fields, to advise undergraduate and graduate students, and to serve on Department, College, and University committees as well as professional and outreach activities as appropriate to the faculty member’s interests and rank.

The HTM Department is one of six Departments in the Pamplin College of Business. We are consistently ranked as one of the premier programs in the world. The Department offers an AACSB accredited BS in Business with a major in Hospitality and Tourism Management, and an MS and a Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Currently, there are approximately 275 undergraduates, 15 masters, and 20 Ph.D. students in the program. See for more information.

The Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business on-campus enrollment is about 3,600 undergraduates and 290 full-time graduate students. Pamplin's undergraduate program is ranked in the nation's 50 best business schools by U.S. News & World Report. Pamplin ranks 46th overall (which puts it in the top 10 percent of the 600+ U.S. undergraduate programs accredited by the AASCB) and 26th among the public institutions. See for more information. Interested applicants should complete an online application at, (in the right column under “Search for an Opportunity” click on the “Instructional & Research Faculty” button, then either scroll down to or search for posting # TR0122520) and attach the following documents:

1) curriculum vita, 2) a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching success, 3) a statement regarding your research interests and professional goals, and 4) names and contact information for three references.

Additionally, please arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to:
Ms. Melissa Dietrich
Department Head Secretary
Hospitality and Tourism Management
362 Wallace Hall, Mail Code 0429
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061 USA

Review of applications will begin December 3, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Zvi Schwartz, Search Committee Chair, Hospitality and Tourism Management (0429), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, (540) 231-3287 or via email at with the subject line "HTM Business Analytics / Information Technology Position Inquiry".

Blacksburg is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, making its beauty and temperate climate attractive to many. Blacksburg also has high quality primary and secondary schools (K-12) as well as a relatively low cost of living. Both the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail run through the area and there are numerous hiking, camping, mountain biking, and other outdoor recreational opportunities available. In addition to cultural activities on campus, nearby Roanoke, Virginia has a symphony and live theater. Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify Professor Schwartz.

Professor Schwartz and Professor Rick Perdue will be attending the Graduate Education and Graduate Student Research Conference in Seattle and will be happy to meet and answer questions.