Dept. Chair, Hospitality & Service Innovation - Rochester Institute of Technology

Requisition Number: 5686BR

School/Department: Hospitality & Service Innovation

College : Saunders College of Business

Faculty Rank : Department Chair
Tenure Status: Tenure Track

Anticipated Start Date: July 2021 or Jan 2022

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The Saunders College of Business invites applications for the Department Chair position within the Department of International Hospitality & Service Innovation. Applicants must demonstrate significant academic and professional expertise in hospitality management and be committed to both an administrative and teaching role in the domain. The ideal candidate will provide leadership and vision that leverages the college’s strengths in technological innovation and analytics as well as the strong history and impressive alumni base of RIT’s Hospitality & Tourism Management program. The anticipated start date for this appointment is July 1, 2021 or January 1, 2022.

The chair will report to the Dean of the Saunders College of Business and be responsible for oversight of the department’s academic programs, including curricular review and assessment, faculty coordination, budget management, program marketing, student recruitment, and engagement with external stakeholders for partnerships and sponsorships. The chair represents the department to students, alumni, faculty, administration, and industry partners.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.


The Saunders College of Business (SCB) is served by more than 65 full-time faculty members who value collegiality and teamwork. The Saunders College is accredited by AACSB International and offers bachelors’ degrees in business administration with nine different majors. Graduate programs include an MBA, an Executive MBA, and Master of Science programs in several disciplines, including Hospitality & Tourism Management. Saunders is ranked in the top 100 by US News and World Report. The successful candidate will lead the Department of International Hospitality & Service Innovation, which houses BS and MS programs in Hospitality and Tourism Management. The department joined the SCB in 2019, and leverages the college’s strengths at the intersection of business, technology, and design. RIT began offering hospitality programs in1892, establishing a nearly 130-year history of excellence. The department has its own food and beverage lab and a student-run restaurant. The undergraduate program has also been offered since 1997 at RIT’s campus in Dubrovnik, Croatia. RIT owns the RIT Inn and Conference Center and recently purchased the Radisson Hotel, both of which provide great opportunities to enhance students’ experiential learning.


Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at


  • PhD from an AACSB-accredited (or equivalent) institution and at least one degree or significant industry experience in hospitality and/or tourism management or a related field.
  • Demonstrated record of successful research, teaching, and service at the university level.
  • Professional experience in the domains of hospitality and/or tourism management.
  • Successful engagement in educational leadership experiences.
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with all constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, administration, and industry partners.
  • Demonstrable professional communication, presentation, and writing skills.
  • Evidence of capacity to articulate and implement a dynamic vision for the future of the International Hospitality & Service Innovation Department and the diverse programs that it administers
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.


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