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Asst Professor AY

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA Full-time
Posted on September 8, 2019

Job Description

The Howard Feiertag Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) in the Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech, invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in Innovation in Hospitality or Services Management at our Blacksburg, VA campus to begin August 2020. Must have completed all requirements for a PhD in Hospitality and Tourism Management or a related field by time of appointment.  Applications will be reviewed on the basis of the candidate's potential for and record of research and teaching excellence in innovation in hospitality or services management and related areas, and ability to work effectively in a collegial environment.  The successful candidate will be required to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the HTM program, particularly in the area of lodging. Occasional travel to attend professional conferences and meetings will also be required.

This position is part of a major effort of HTM to strengthen our research and teaching at the interface of hospitality management and technology.  Virginia Tech is uniquely positioned as a leading computer science and information technology hub, exemplified most recently through a billion-dollar investment into a new campus in conjunction with Amazon’s second headquarters (HQ2) set to be built in Arlington, Virginia. The department has excellent relationships with computer science faculty as well. 

The successful candidate will be expected to:

Teach Undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. courses offered by the Feiertag HTM Department as required by the Department and College; to pursue a program of research excellence in hospitality or services innovation, leading to publication in major academic journals in Hospitality and Tourism Management; to advise undergraduate and graduate students; to contribute in meaningful ways to the inclusion and diversity goals of the Department, College, and University; and to serve on Department, College, and University committees as well as professional and outreach activities as appropriate to the faculty member’s interests and rank.

Required Qualifications

All requirements for a PhD in Hospitality and Tourism Management or related field by time of appointment. However, candidates who will have completed all requirements for the PhD within one academic semester of appointment may be considered.

  • Ability to work effectively in a collegial environment.
  • Professional experience in hospitality or services management.
  • Demonstrated scholarly excellence in innovation in hospitality or services management, specifically technology-related innovation.
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence in hospitality or services management, specifically lodging management.
  • The ability to travel internationally for meetings and conferences.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated passion for working with students of diverse backgrounds and helping them achieve their educational and professional goals.

Review Date

September 20, 2019

Additional Information

Howard Feiertag Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

The Howard Feiertag HTM Department is one of six Departments in the Pamplin College of Business. The Feiertag HTM Department is ranked as one of the premier programs in the nation. The Department offers a BS in Business with a major in Hospitality and Tourism Management, and an MSBA and a Ph.D. in Business with concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Currently, there are approximately 225 undergraduate, 30 master, and 15 Ph.D. students in the program. Information about the Department, our faculty, and our curriculum is available on our website

Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business

The Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business on-campus enrollment is about 4,700 undergraduates and 400 full-time graduate students. Pamplin's undergraduate program is ranked in the nation's 50 best business schools by U.S. News & World Report. Pamplin ranks 45th overall (which puts it in the top 10 percent of the 600+ U.S. undergraduate programs accredited by the AASCB). See for more information.

The Blacksburg Area

Blacksburg is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, making its beauty and temperate climate attractive to many. Blacksburg also has high quality primary and secondary schools (K-12) as well as a relatively low cost of living. Both the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail run through the area and there are numerous hiking, camping, mountain biking, and other outdoor recreational opportunities available. In addition to cultural activities on campus, including the new, state-of-the-art Moss Center for the Arts, the region boasts an excellent symphony and outstanding live theater in nearby Roanoke, Virginia. Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify Professor Nicolau.

Application Procedure:

Review of applications will begin September 20, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Interested applicants should complete an online application at and attach the following documents: 1) curriculum vita, 2) evidence of teaching effectiveness, 3) a statement regarding your research interests and professional goals, and 4) examples of research publications. 5) names and contact information for three references. A criminal background check is required. Candidates can direct any inquiries to Dr. Juan Luis Nicolau, Search Committee Chair, (540) 231-5515, or via email at with the subject line "HTM Position Inquiry".

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

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If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.