Assistant Professor of Practice/Lecturer of Hotel & Restaurant Management

Special Information (This section includes information such as a notation if the position is subject to the availability of funding, the location of the position if other than the Flagstaff Campus, and tenure track eligibility).

Non-Tenure-Track Position in Hotel & Restaurant Management. The School of Hotel & Restaurant Management (HRM) in The W.A. Franke College of Business (FCB) at Northern Arizona University (NAU) invites applications for one full-time, non-tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Practice/Lecturer with a focus in hospitality management to begin in August 2021. This position will be located in the Phoenix/Scottsdale Valley area, with a campus NAU HRM office location to be determined.  Occasional travel to NAU’s Flagstaff campus.

Job Description

  • Teach up to 12 credit hours of undergraduate courses in each of the fall and spring semesters; possible opportunity to teach in summer and winter for additional income. Typically, this will entail teaching in hospitality management courses to be worked out with the Executive Director of HRM.
  • Work with the NAU Office of Admissions to actively recruit students from Phoenix and Southern Arizona area high schools and community colleges.
  • Increase enrollment and elevate HRM’s exposure in Maricopa County with the potential to visit other locations statewide by interfacing with various stakeholders (e.g., hospitality businesses, associations, community colleges, and high schools). 
  • Enhance the HRM program including student internship programs by working closely with the industry, inviting industry practitioners as guest speakers to classes, and engaging in community outreach.
  • Participate in HRM, FCB, and NAU service activities and engage in a program of intellectual or professional development activities to maintain faculty qualification in accordance with FCB and AACSB guidelines.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduate degree (master’s degree, or higher) from an ACPHA or AACBS accredited institution preferred with a concentration in hospitality management/administration, food service/restaurant management, food & beverage management, or a related field (e.g., MBA).
  • Either a minimum of five years professional experience related to hospitality management or a minimum of two years of professional experience and one year full-time teaching (or the equivalent number of part-time courses) at the college level in hospitality management, food service/restaurant management, or related topics.
  • Ability to meet AACSB academic or professional qualification requirements

Preferred Qualifications

  • Earned Doctorate in Hospitality Management or closely related discipline.
  • Willingness and ability to teach in hospitality management area, lodging management, food service management, or related courses at the undergraduate level.
  • Prior experience teaching hospitality management, food service management, event management, lodging operations, or related courses, at the undergraduate level.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching as documented by a pattern of strong teaching evaluations.
  • Demonstrated evidence of currency in the hospitality industry.
  • Five years of professional hospitality management experience (lodging operation, food service/restaurant operations experience preferred) or upper-level management experience (director of lodging operations or in the above industry segments) in the hospitality industry.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and proactively with a diverse student population.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of secondary and community colleges in Maricopa County that offer hospitality/culinary programs.
  • Ability to recruit qualified and enthusiastic students for NAU’s HRM.


General Information (This section includes information about the University or the specific department or program, and background checking requirements.  All job duties should be included in the Job Description section)

Northern Arizona University has a student population of about 31,000 with approximately 22,750 at its main campus in Flagstaff and the remaining students at 30 sites across the state and online.  Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch. NAU carefully balances teaching, scholarship, and service with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success.  All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research that extend to such national concerns as forest health and bioterrorism. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 75,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and the Arizona Snowbowl Ski area.

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification, and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

Additionally, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

This position is exempt from the overtime provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for the additional time worked.

For information about diversity, access, and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage at:

Application Deadline

We will begin reviewing applications on April 17, 2021. This position will be open until filled or closed.