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Assistant Professor - Hospitality Management, Hart School

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Position Information

Working Title Assistant Professor - Hospitality Management, Hart School
Position Number 7491
Posting Number F1043
Position Type Instructional Faculty - Full Time
Position Status Full Time
College/Division College of Business
Department 100624 - Hospitality, Sport and Rec Management
Pay Rate Commensurate with Experience
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Is this a JMU only position? No
Is this a grant-funded position? No

Position Summary Information

About James Madison University

We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.

To be the national model for the engaged university: engages with ideas and the world.

Who We Are
Established in 1908, James Madison University is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs to more than 20,000 students. JMU is regarded as one of the finest regional universities in the nation and has been continuously cited in U.S. News and World Report, Changing Times and Money Magazine as an outstanding public university. Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. Known for its livability, diversity, local food, arts and natural surroundings, this Virginia Main Street community is a great place to live and work.

General Information

James Madison University’s (JMU) Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management is proud to announce that it is inviting applications for a tenure track HOSPITALITY faculty position at the Assistant level beginning in August 2018.

The hospitality leaders of tomorrow must be educated and enlightened citizens who will lead productive and meaningful lives. The program mission is to develop ethical hospitality leaders through sound theoretical course work, innovative learning activities, mentoring opportunities, exposure to premier hospitality organizations and interaction with dynamic industry professionals. Together with alumni, students, parents and friends of the program, JMU-HM will be recognized as the preferred provider for hospitality graduates. Additional information may be found at

Our well-regarded faculty engages in a wide variety of professional development and scholarly activities to assure that the JMU hospitality student receives an exceptional educational experience. We take great pride in a tradition of vibrant instruction within an innovative curriculum. The School is affiliated with the College of Business and has fifteen full time faculty and numerous adjuncts serving 500 majors in Hospitality Management and 400 majors in Sport and Recreation Management. The Hospitality Program was established in 1974. In 2016, after a more than 3 million dollar endowment from G.J. and Heather Hart the school became the Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management, this first named school in JMU history.

Duties and Responsibilities

The responsibility for this tenure track position involves a blend of teaching, scholarship and service. The 3-3 teaching load may include courses in Lodging, Senior Seminar, Foundations Course, Cost Control, and Human Resources, as well as other functional areas within the hospitality industry. Additional teaching areas and specific assignments are dependent upon School needs.


Earned doctorate (ABD may apply) with at least one degree in hospitality management or a closely related discipline. In addition to the academic preparation, the quality of the institution of higher learning is critical. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated record of outstanding classroom teaching; an ability to connect with undergraduate students; a willingness to work collaboratively with discipline-specific organizations in the region and a desire to actively participate in students’ experiential learning opportunities. Regarding scholarship, the successful candidate will have a clear research stream and the ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals. Lastly, professional work experience at the managerial level within the hospitality industry is preferable over a summer internship or being a graduate assistant.

Philosophically, the ideal candidate must demonstrate that he or she can function as a contributing team member within the School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management Program and also an excited colleague to assist the entire School in developing a unique teaching and learning culture emphasizing creativity, flexibility and innovation.

Criminal Background Check and E-Verify Notice

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 09/17/2017
Beginning Review Date 10/18/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Starting Date 08/25/2018
EEO Statement

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.

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Additional Posting Information

The names and contact information for three references will be requested as part of the application. Each reference listed will receive an email requesting that they submit a reference through the JobLink system.

Questions may be directed to the search chair, Mr. Neil Marrin,

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcript(s)
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents

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