Assistant Professor of Tourism Management

University of South Carolina - Columbia
South Carolina, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Aug 24, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Recreation & Leisure Studies
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) at the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor. This is a 9-month position with primary concentration in Tourism Management.

The University of South Carolina (UofSC), founded in 1801, is an eight-campus state system, with a total enrollment of over 52,000 students. The main campus in Columbia has a student population of approximately 35,000, is categorized by the Carnegie Foundation as having "very high research activity" and excellent curricular community engagement. Housed in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM), The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management consists of over 20 full time faculty, many of whom are top rated scholars in their specific fields, editors or review board members of top tier academic journals, and in leading discipline-focused associations. The School offers a BS degree in Hospitality Management, a BS in Tourism Management, a Master's degree in International Hospitality and Tourism Management, a Ph.D. in Hospitality Management, and is consistently ranked in the top ten in the U.S. as a leader in hospitality and tourism management programs.

There are four research centers housed within the School of HRTM: the International Tourism Research Institute, the International Institute for Foodservice Research and Education, the Culinary and Wine Institute, and the Richardson Family SmartState Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development. The school is home to the Marriott Foundation Culinary lab and the McCutchen House which are both outstanding learning labs for students. Moreover, tourism and hospitality is the number one industry in the state of South Carolina, offering exceptional opportunities for continued growth and innovative development of the HRTM programs along with rich opportunities for industry partnerships and research prospects. With internationally known destinations such as Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Hilton Head Island, and Kiawah Island, the hospitality industry contributes significantly to South Carolina's economy. As such, the School of HRTM regularly features executive lectures and industry panels, hosts guest speakers and high-profile visitors, and conducts a wide range of consulting projects for key constituents. More details about the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management, and the academic units are available on the UofSC website:

Required Qualifications: Earned doctorate in Hospitality or Tourism Management, or a related discipline by the start date of employment (ABDs considered); primary teaching and research interests in tourism management; secondary teaching or research interests in one or more of the following: destination management, crisis management, research methods; an active research agenda with a demonstrated ability to generate impactful, peer-reviewed research in premier outlets;
strong evidence of (or potential to attract) external funding; demonstrated ability to develop external relationships with stakeholders; a demonstrated ability to deliver high quality classroom instruction.

Position Responsibilities: Develop and sustain a program of research excellence leading to publications in premier outlets and attraction of external funding; teach courses in Tourism Management and others as assigned; collaborate with the Richardson Family SmartState Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism on external funding projects; serve on School, College, or University committees as needed; provide mentoring and guidance to students in the major; contribute to the School's general academic mission and vision in substantive ways.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Initial review of applicants will commence October 4, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The required application documents for consideration include: 1) a letter of intent describing how the candidate's professional/academic experiences and research profile match the position and 2) a current curriculum vitae/resume.

Questions may be directed to the search committee chairperson,
Dr. Lori Pennington-Gray ( The appointment start date will be either January 1, 2022 or August 16, 2022. Candidates selected to final round interviews will be required to submit three letters of recommendation on official letterhead with wet signatures. To view the full posting and submit application materials, direct access is provided through the following address:

The University of South Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. The University of South Carolina continues to build a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from underrepresented populations. The University of South Carolina also provides family-friendly policies to provide an academic culture that is supportive of faculty and their families.

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