Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, Open Rank Faculty Position
Department of Tourism Hospitality and Event Management
University of Florida

As a major research institution, the University of Florida (UF) is leading the way by harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to solve some of the world’s most formidable challenges. Our department embraces that innovation as we maintain a robust research agenda. Our students, faculty and staff are driving breakthroughs and discoveries to improve lives, bolster industry and create economic growth across the state. The Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management (THEM) is set apart by the opportunity for students to draw on a global perspective through programmatic offerings and in the classroom.

The Department of Tourism Hospitality and Event Management
The Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management is situated within the College of Health and Human Performance. Notable to the Department is the excellence in teaching and research, particularly in concert with graduate student success. The Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute is housed within the Department and provides an internationally recognized research and education network of researchers and the tourism industry.

The Opportunity
This well-respected and dynamic nine-month faculty (assistant, associate, or full professor) will work closely with the Chair and talented faculty within the department to execute strategic plans and develop a cutting-edge curriculum and lead internationally recognized research programs. Joining our team presents an opportunity to engage in projects that allow for multi-collaboration between peers and colleges as we solve cross-disciplinary problems through the advancement of research and artificial intelligence.

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements
The successful candidate should possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • A strong track record of academic with industry experience and qualifications in Hospitality and Event Management or relevant areas of study harnessing the power of data science (big data) and AI applications.
  • An earned doctorate
  • Business analytics, data science (big data) and AI applications in the tourism, hospitality and event industries are required
  • A record of scholarship befitting the leader of a distinguished college of a major university
  • An exemplary record of distinction and accomplishment in hospitality, applied engineering in AI, business analytics disciplines
  • A commitment to enhancing and nourishing a cultural climate that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of the Department
  • Rich industry experiences and connections, including a record in working in the hospitality, event, tourism, or attraction industries
  • Excellent teaching and communication skills, both oral and written; outstanding listening skills
  • Clear devotion to students and the missions of higher education
  • A seasoned scholar (at associate/full professor level)/potential to attain this highly respected scholarly reputation (assistant professor) who displays professional integrity and collegiality.

The University of Florida
The University of Florida is the state’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive land grant university. UF is ranked #5 of Public Universities in the United States. With an enrollment of over 53,000 students annually, UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes. Our campus is located “where nature and culture meet”—in the city of Gainesville, which is repeatedly cited as one of the top places to live in the U.S. Gainesville has approximately 250,000 residents in North-Central Florida, 85 miles from the Georgia border, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. It has abundant wildlife, mature forests, prairies, lakes, and opportunities for many outdoor activities, with moderate temperatures almost all year round. The state of Florida has a dynamic hospitality and tourism industry that receives more than 100 million visitors annually.

Application Instructions. Interested applicants must apply online at https://facultyjobs.hr.ufl.edu/ (reference job #82844) and include (1) an application letter summarizing qualifications, ongoing research, and interest in the Department of Tourism Hospitality and Event Management; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of five references. The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to receive applications until the position is filled; however, to receive full consideration, complete applications must be received by December 6, 2021. Send inquiries and nominations to Dr. Heather Gibson Search Committee Chair, at [email protected]. This is a 9-month, fulltime (1.0 FTE) position that begins August 16, 2022. UF has a competitive benefits package, and department faculty may be eligible for summer salary. The final candidate will be required to provide official transcripts to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

Our Commitment
The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to nondiscrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. The “government in the sunshine” laws of Florida require that all documents relating to the search process, including letters of application/nomination and reference, be available for public inspection.

 

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