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University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Position Number: 2318086
  • Location: Knoxville, TN
  • Position Type: Business - Hotel & Restaurant Management




Available – August 1, 2022


The Department of Retail, Hopsitality and Tourism Management, in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the Univesity of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) seeks an Assistant Professor with an emphasis in Hospitality Management. This is a tenure track, nine-month position with salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Required Qualifications

The selected candidate will have an earned doctorate at the time of appointment in Hospitality Management or closely related discipline emphasizing hospitality and/or event management, strong evidence of a focused scholastic research agenda via publications in or targeting premier outlets, demonstration of excellent undergraduate and graduate teaching competency/aptitude, effective communication and interpersonal skills, and a substantive commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Desired Qualifications

Preference will be given to the candidates with Hospitality Management and/or Event Management expertise in the following areas: restaurant/food service management, commercial food sales, and culinary. Another preferred qualification includes experience seeking or generating external funding through writing grants and other sources (e.g., large-scale event production).


Generally, this position involves significant responsibility for teaching and research in tourism and hospitality management, and directing graduate students' research, contributing to scholarship through excellent teaching, publishing in refereed journals, and other focused institutional endeavors (e.g., grant writing), participating in planning and coordination of undergraduate programs, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, participating in curriculum evaluation, revision, and development, and participating in department, university and professional society service activities. The department supports programs in Retail and Consumer Science as well as Tourism and Hospitality Management, and as such, the position requires regular planning and coordination with faculty and staff that addresses both sets of programs.

Academic Environment

The Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) program is housed in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Carnegie I Research Institution. The HTM program has approximately 200 students. The undergraduate and graduate programs are well established and have a celebrated history. The HTM undergraduate curriculum provides students with flexibility in selecting four specialized areas: Tourism Management, Restaurant/Culinary Management, Hotel & Resort Management, and Meeting & Event Design.

Living Environment

The City of Knoxville is a hidden gem with a beautiful and walkable downtown, varied nightlife, active neighborhoods, and eclectic shopping and restaurants. UTK is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Nashville, Atlanta, and the Great Smoky Mountains.The Knoxville-Oak Ridge-Smoky Mountains Region is consistently ranked among the most cost-effective places to live in the U.S. Downtown Knoxville is a vibrant urban community with numerous outstanding restaraunts, microbreweries, retailers, entertainment venues, living accommodations and live events of many forms, includung a farmers' market and music perfomances.

Application Information

Screening of applications will begin September 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, a statement of your commitment and plans to contribute to diversity and inclusion, three references, and transcripts to:

Annette Beets

Administrative Assistant

110 Jessie Harris Bldg.

The University of Tennessee, 1215 W. Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 37996-1911

Phone: 865-974-2141, FAX: 865-974-5236, e-mail:

For all other questions related to our search, please contact:

Jeremy E. Whaley , Ph.D., Search Committee Chair:

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

Under the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its educational programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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