Department Head, Tourism and Hotel Management
Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, invites applications for Head of the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management

Bilkent University, the first private, nonprofit university in Turkey, was founded in 1984 with the fundamental aim of creating a center of excellence in higher education and research. The name “Bilkent” exemplifies this aim, since it is an acronym for “bilim kenti”: Turkish for “city of learning and science.” The University campus is located about eight miles west of the center of Ankara, and covers an area of more than 300 hectares. Bilkent University admitted its first students in Fall 1986; and there are currently about 13,000 students in nine faculties and two four-year professional schools. Among them are foreign students from numerous and diverse countries. With funds from the endowments provided by the founder, the university each year awards scholarships to 47 percent of the student body. The faculty comprises an academic staff from around 40 different countries; the language of instruction is English. Bilkent University ranks 28th in the Times Higher Education’s “100 Under 50 List” of the world’s best “young” universities. The university has its own symphony orchestra, and hosts plays, art exhibitions, and other cultural events on campus; and restaurants, cafés, a shopping mall, and movie theaters may be found nearby.

School and Department
The School of Applied Technology and Management was founded in 1988 and currently comprises two departments, one of which is the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management. The Department has played a leadership role in revolutionizing education in the field of tourism and hospitality in the country, providing a synergistic combination of academic and professional teaching/learning along with a strong on-the-job training instructional component, including a semester-long industrial training program to be completed by students in leading institutions in Turkey or abroad. The Department has a close relationship with Bilkent Hotel (a five star-hotel situated next to the University campus and within walking distance from the School), where students get their first contact with the industry; Le Piment Rouge, the Department’s practice restaurant, offers an excellent opportunity for students to become acquainted with the culinary arts and gain insightful experience in the field.

Position Description and Responsibilities
The School of Applied Technology and Management at Bilkent University is seeking candidates for the position of Head of the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management. Reporting to the School Director, the Department Head will  be responsible for the overall administration of the department and its activities, including undergraduate education, research in tourism and hospitality, operation of the Department’s practice restaurant Le Piment Rouge, and collaboration with the management of Bilkent Hotel for educational purposes.

We are looking for an individual who has a great knowledge of and a strong commitment to the Department’s subject area: Tourism and Hotel Management. To be considered for the position, a candidate must have a background that includes both teaching and research activities along with significant leadership experience in a responsible position at a university highly regarded in this field. An analytical and structured approach will be crucial in fulfilling the role of Department Head: supervising all departmental activities, delegating tasks to faculty, and following up on progress. Being able to clarify tasks and expectations will provide opportunities for achievement and inspire all colleagues within the Department. Integrity, self-confidence, perceptivity, and good communication skills are considered fundamental attributes in any candidate for the position.

Ideal candidates will currently hold a PhD in a related area and the rank of at least Assistant Professor at an institution of higher education, with an administrative background and a good knowledge of the tourism and hospitality industries.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. The university offers a generous benefits package, including on-campus housing and health and retirement benefits as well as subsidized private schooling for faculty members’ dependents in the K-12 levels leading to an IB degree.

Applicants will need to submit a letter of interest; a detailed curriculum vitae including references to all publications and an explication of the candidate’s administrative philosophy and career goals with reference to the position; and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Qualifications and administrative experience should be fully described. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2018.

All information in the application will be kept confidential.

Expected Starting Date: August 2018

Contact Info
Send your application documents to the attention of:
Kamer Rodoplu, Director
School of Applied Technology and Management
Bilkent University
06800 Ankara, Turkey
Phone: +90 312 290 2482 or +90 312 266 4298


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