December 4, 2013

The School of Hospitality Business Director's Position

Title and Position: Director (AN) of The School of Hospitality Business in the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.

Background: Founded in 1855, Michigan State University is the nation's pioneer land-grant university. As an AAU member, MSU is among the nation's top research universities. MSU offers nationally ranked academic, undergraduate research, residential college and community service learning programs, including 275 study abroad programs on all continents in more than 60 countries. With 17 colleges offering over 200 programs of study, there are more than 5,000 faculty and academic staff, with 6,400 support staff and 18,000 student employees. A diverse and inclusive academic community, MSU enrolls approximately 37,000 undergraduate and over 10,000 graduate and professional students from all 50 states and more than 130 countries. For additional information, see

The Broad College of Business is an international leader in business research and education. It maintains and extends this leadership through five academic departments. The School of Hospitality Business, which is an industry-focused academic unit, is housed within the college. For additional information, see

The School of Hospitality Business at MSU is internationally recognized as a leader in teaching, research, and service. It has an enrollment of approximately 800 undergraduate and graduate students, 11 tenure-system faculty members, including three endowed professors and two MSU Distinguished Professors. Additional faculty are adjunct instructors and professors of practice. The School has an 87-year history in hospitality business education, with alumni who have shaped the hospitality industry since the 1930s, as well as top-ranked faculty whose research and publications are utilized throughout the world. It is based on the foundations of Hospitality Business management and operations, as well as real estate development and management, and thinking like the owner. The School has more than 10,000 alumni and three alumni/industry advisory boards. For additional information, see

The next Director will be a strategic and visionary leader who will work closely with faculty, students, alumni, and the Dean. He or she will meet the criteria for a tenured full professor at the university and must have a substantial record of academic leadership, management, and alumni relations. Additionally, the successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to foster a culture of high aspirations, collaborative team work, and transparent decision-making. He or she will also possess the ability to interact with, relate to, or teach, in a multi-cultural, diverse, academic environment. Above all, the successful candidate will have a proven record of promoting a student-centered educational experience and create and sustain a diverse and inclusive School community.

The Director is The School's chief academic officer. As such, he or she will have the responsibility to advance The School through:

  • Fostering scholarship among faculty members and students
  • Enhancing the culture of collaborative and enthusiastic teamwork within The School and among other units in the Broad College and across the MSU campus.
  • Embracing the university's, college's and School's commitment to inclusiveness and diversity
  • Engaging worldwide alumni in their support of The School's mission and initiatives.
  • Continuing to foster strong bonds with industry partners.
  • Practicing strong fiscal management of the budget and stewardship of School resources.
  • Promoting The School to potential students, worldwide alumni, and industry partners.
  • Fundraising to support The School's students, their educational experience, and School programs.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure: Submit the application electronically at (job posting #8452) Interested persons must submit [1] a cover letter summarizing your qualifications and vision for the future of Hospitality Business education, [2] a current curriculum vitae, and [3] the names and full contact information for three references, who may be contacted by the search committee. All information should be submitted online via the MSU Applicant Page. Please go to the Search Postings page at to submit an application. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must also provide documentation evidencing employment authorization in the United States. The due date for applying is December 1, 2013, or until a suitable candidate is selected.

Nominations and Inquiries: Questions about the position should be addressed to Dr. Bonnie Knutson, Search Committee Chair, The School of Hospitality Business, Broad College of Business, Eppley Center, 645 North Shaw Lane, Room 235, East Lansing, Michigan 48824, United States. Phone: 01 (517) 353-9211; email:

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

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