Assistant Professor of Hospitality Finance

University of Virginia's College at Wise   Wise, VA   Full-time     Education
Posted on November 21, 2023
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Assistant Professor of Hospitality Finance

Job Description:

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, a division of the University of Virginia located in Wise, Virginia, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Hospitality and Finance. The position is a full-time, 9-month commitment at the assistant professor level with a start date of August 2024. The position is housed within the Department of Business and Economics.

The Department of Business and Economics is at a critical juncture with recent investments from the General Assembly to create an interdisciplinary program in Hospitality and Tourism Management that aligns with regional economic development efforts, particularly new investments by Hard Rock Corporation to build an entertainment district in Bristol, Virginia around a casino that opened in summer 2022 and a full-scale resort slated for opening in 2024.

This position in Hospitality Finance is new at UVA Wise, offering an opportunity for someone who is innovative and entrepreneurial to develop new courses related to the growing hospitality finance and real estate sectors. We seek a person who is willing to work with business and industry partners in the hospitality/tourism/event management/real estate sectors to create internships and other experiential learning opportunities for students.

Duties include creating and teaching undergraduate courses at both the introductory and advanced levels; serving the department and college on various committees; advising students; pursuing ongoing scholarly activity preferably in conjunction with undergraduate students; and assisting the department chair and other faculty with assessment, support marketing activities for the newly developed program, and other duties as needed.

Successful candidates must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills; must have a Ph.D. (advanced ABD candidates will be considered) in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Finance, Business Administration or a related field; and have the demonstrated ability for engaged and innovative teaching at the undergraduate level.

The successful candidate will also possess explicit interest in student-centered and experiential learning and integrating the liberal arts curriculum within the Department’s professional education.



· Teach undergraduate courses in hospitality and tourism management, finance, real estate, and related subjects. The successful candidate will teach a 4-4 load of courses such as in hospitality and tourism management, principles of finance, and real estate.

· Conduct research suitable for the department of business and economics at UVA-Wise.

· Mentor and advise students, supporting their academic and career development.

· Promote the hospitality and tourism program to local students and organizations.

· Engage in service activities within the department and university community.


Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Finance, Business Administration, or a related field from an accredited university is required.

Candidates should have completed at least 18 graduate credit hours in the following areas: Hospitality and Tourism Management, Finance, Real Estate, Economics, or Accounting.

Holding Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 designation or a current license in Certified Financial Planner (CFP) or in related to Real Estate, or possessing 3 years of experience in Hospitality and Tourism Management beyond entry-level positions, is a plus.

Expertise in teaching casino management is also considered a valuable asset.


Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with full consideration given to applications received by December 22, 2023.

Start Date: August 2024


Application Instructions:

Interested applicants for the position should apply online at and click the job title. Complete a candidate profile that includes: 1) application, 2) cover letter, 3) current CV, 4) letter describing your teaching philosophy, 5) a statement of research interests, 6) contact information for three references, and 7) unofficial transcripts. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with full consideration given to applications received by December 22, 2023 but will remain open until filled. Start date for all positions will be August 2024. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States. Questions can be directed to Gurkan Akalin at [email protected]


Institutional Profile

A member of the prestigious Council for Public Liberal Arts Colleges, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise (UVA Wise) is an inspiring place to teach, lead, learn and call home. With a student faculty ratio of 13:1 and 1,900 students, UVA Wise is committed to excellence in teaching, personalized attention, and individual growth, as well as to the advancement of the region through economic and community development.

The only division of the University of Virginia located outside of Charlottesville, UVA Wise has a beautiful 396-acre campus that is nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia. Here, students learn from faculty who are encouraged to engage in scholarship and service that complements their teaching, and the environment is ideal for the task. In addition to Appalachian arts and culture, on-campus wetlands and impressive geography, and a region full of opportunities for study and outdoor adventure, there are many opportunities to build partnerships with organizations, agencies, and businesses in the area and beyond. Professional staff and a dedicated senior leadership team are driven by the vital mission of ensuring access and affordability to this robust, quality higher education.

The College’s student population is largely from rural communities across the Appalachian region. Many are first-generation college students. For all, UVA Wise offers access and affordability along with challenging academic work in the liberal arts tradition. The result is well-rounded graduates who earn fulfilling work at leading organizations and pursue graduate study at prestigious universities, as evidenced by both U.S. News & World Report rankings for social mobility and Washington Monthly honors for “Best Bang for Your Buck.” And in 2023, UVA Wise was ranked

the #2 public college in the U.S. for seniors graduating with the least debt by U.S. News & World Report.


UVA Wise is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence, affordable access, and unwavering support of a collaborative and diverse community. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Employee fulfills duties as a “responsible employee” under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. A Responsible employee includes any employee: who has the authority to take action to redress sexual violence; who has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual violence or any other misconduct by students to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate school designee; or whom a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.


UVA Wise is committed to helping the campus community provide for their own safety and security. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report containing information on campus security and personal safety, including alerts, fire safety, crime prevention tips, and crime statistics is available at A copy is available upon request by calling 276-328-0190 or 276-376-3451.