Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Purdue University
Indiana, United States
Competitive Salary
Feb 25, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Nominations and applications are invited for the position of Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, College of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue University. The Head will be an internationally-recognized academic scholar providing leadership and vision and will facilitate research, teaching, and engagement activities in the School. The Head is also responsible for the School’s fiscal management, personnel issues, faculty/staff development, alumni relations, and advocacy for the School to the College, University, and larger community.


School.  Reimagined in 2019 by the Purdue University Board of Trustees, The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management hosts a complex mix of specialties, including the world-renowned hospitality and tourism management program (HTM)); a global leader in hospitality management education; retail management; financial planning and counseling; and sales programs. The School is home to a collegial and diverse staff of 30 tenured/tenure track faculty and 900+ undergraduate and graduate students. Beyond an academic curriculum that fuses theory and practice, HTM prepares its students to live in the world as citizens of the world.  The Head will provide visionary leadership to guide the School through fundamental global shifts in HTM and retail segments while leveraging top-ranked programs in financial counseling & planning and selling & sales management.


College. The College of Health and Human Sciences is the third-largest College at Purdue. It includes nine academic units that hold national and international recognition for their fundamental scientific and programmatic contributions to improving individuals and communities' health. The College strives to elevate Purdue's reputation in the health and human sciences by positioning the University to meet the health and wellness challenges facing the population, growing and creating opportunities for Indiana and the global economy, and enhancing student learning for success in a rapidly changing world. HHS's multidisciplinary learning environment uniquely prepares students to contribute to improved human health and behavior and to serve as leaders in their disciplines. The College also provides a rich environment for world-changing research and discovery. Purdue's land-grant mission facilitates the translation of these discoveries from theory to application, benefiting not only those in Indiana but society as a whole.


University. Established in 1869, Purdue is Indiana's land-grant University, a comprehensive educational and research institution and member of the American Association of Universities (AAU). In addition to the College of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue University's strengths in, Agriculture, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management, Pharmacy, Science, and Veterinary Medicine contribute to robust research and educational environment. The West Lafayette campus, located one hour north of Indianapolis and two hours south of downtown Chicago, has ten academic colleges with an enrollment of 44,500 students from over 133 countries. The diverse greater Lafayette/West Lafayette community (http://www.homeofpurdue.com/) has a population of approximately 200,000 and a low living cost.


Position Requirements and Timeline. Applicants must have scholarly credentials commensurate with the rank of tenured Full Professor, including an earned Doctorate in HTM or related consumer-focused disciplines from an accredited school or program. Regardless of academic specialty, applicants should have a strong understanding of and appreciation for hospitality and tourism management issues and concerns. Desirable attributes include a strong record of published research and external funding, prior experience in academic administration and undergraduate and graduate education, excellent communication skills, commitment to teaching, and the development and advancement of individual faculty, staff, students, and the Department as a whole. This position is a full-time, 12 month, tenured position.


Confidential review of applications will begin on March 29, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should include (1) a letter of interest indicating leadership philosophy and relevant research and administrative experience, (2) a full curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Purdue University's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all faculty effort areas, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates' should address at least one of these areas in a separate diversity statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Applications should be submitted https://bit.ly/2NId2EM.Nominations and questions regarding the position or the application process may be directed to Ms. Stephanie Ferguson, Executive Recruiter, Purdue University Human Resources, at fergus52@purdue.edu. Initial nominations and inquiries will remain confidential. A background check will be required for employment in this position.


Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.