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Professor and Chair, Department of Resort, Gaming, and Golf Management
University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada
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Date Posted 08/22/2019
Faculty-Business-Hotel & Restaurant Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Professor and Chair, Department of Resort, Gaming, and Golf Management (RGG), Harrah College of Hospitality [R0117415]


Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution comprised of approximately 31,000 students and more than 3,900 faculty and staff. To date, UNLV has conferred more than 136,000 degrees, producing more than 120,000 alumni around the world. UNLV is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an R1 research university with very high research activity. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine.  UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada.  For more information, visit us on line at: http://www.unlv.edu


Situated just blocks away from the world's greatest hospitality laboratory—the Las Vegas Strip—the Harrah College of Hospitality enjoys unparalleled access to the hotels and resorts that are shaping the industry. Consistently ranked among the top five hospitality programs in the world, the College provides students with the theoretical and practical foundation needed to succeed in the competitive hospitality field. Faculty members are internationally-renowned, and alumni consist of some of the most influential leaders in the industry, with graduates overseeing major hotel brands, popular restaurants, event firms, and Fortune 500 companies.

The College offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Hospitality Management with concentrations in Gaming Management, Meetings and Events, PGA Golf Management, and Restaurant Management; an Executive Master of Hospitality Administration; a Master of Science in Hotel Administration; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Hospitality Administration. In addition, the College offers two dual degrees: a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Hotel Administration; and a Master of Science in Hotel Administration and Master of Science in Information Management Systems.

In the Fall of 2018, the College enrolled 2,159 undergraduate students, 114 graduate students, with 25 doctoral students. The College has approximately 45 faculty and 33 staff members that consist of classified and professional staff. The college believes that partnering with industry is key to students’ success. Each year, the College organizes nearly 600 internships, welcomes more than 100 national hospitality brands for recruitment events, and pairs an average of 175 industry mentors with students. These crucial relationships help build careers.


Harrah College of Hospitality students study, collaborate, and are inspired in its new academic building, Hospitality Hall. The building was paid for by a split of donations and state funds. Instead of one name on the building, each of the major donors, which accounted for more than $24 million of the funding, adorn different areas of the building.

With modern amenities and experiential learning spaces, Hospitality Hall attracts students and educators with a true passion for the hospitality industry. The building’s facilities provide a platform to raise the bar when it comes to hospitality education as well as strengthen the relationship between the College and industry mentors, collaborators and supporters. The building opened in early 2018 and showcases a number of unique amenities, including an executive kitchen, interactive classrooms, a student-run café, a Center for Golf Management, and special event spaces with sweeping views of the famous Las Vegas Strip.

Considered the crown jewel of Hospitality Hall, the kitchen is glassed in on two sides overlooking the Strip and features 10 stations with all new equipment that includes conventional ranges, top-notch hoods, and cutting-edge combination ovens. The stations are all perfectly lined up and attuned to the front of the class, where instructors will demonstrate techniques, meticulously detailed by a pair of cameras that broadcast to monitors mounted along the top of the kitchen.

Across from the test kitchen, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits will fit out a beverage lab, so the mixologists of tomorrow will have a dedicated space to shake up spirits and gather tasting notes from master sommeliers. The beverage lab will work in concert with the test kitchen to keep guests at events on the outdoor decks properly entertained, and afford students the chance to operate in a tightly integrated catering environment. The building also houses Rebel Grounds, a five-days-a-week coffee shop run by three student-managers.

Hospitality Hall is home to the Dwaine Knight Center for Golf Management, named for the university’s longtime men’s golf coach. The Center (which is housed within the RGG department) features a golf simulation lab, golf shop, biomechanics lab, classroom, and club design and alteration lab. The 4,200 square foot space offers services to the campus community and region through student-managed clinics, and faculty lead seminars. The Center also engages in data collection of golfer swings from beginners to PGA Tour caliber players.

For more information about the Harrah College of Hospitality, please visit https://www.unlv.edu/hospitality


The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.


The department encompasses the fields of tourism, resort management, financial analysis, revenue management, golf management, and gaming. The Chairperson reports to the Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and is responsible for the department’s academic programs, administration and planning. The chairperson acts as the department’s advocate to fulfill and forward the missions of the department, college and university. The chairperson leads the faculty in the pursuit of grants and contracts as well as supporting, facilitating and encouraging the flow of research from the department. This position also oversees faculty development and evaluation.


This position requires an earned doctorate in Hospitality, Business, or closely related discipline from a regionally accredited college or university as well as an established record of research, teaching excellence, and scholarly achievements that would justify the rank of Full Professor with tenure. Credentials must be obtained prior to the start of employment.


It is desired for the candidate to have administrative experience within higher education, and experience in business and industry.


Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions.  Position is contingent upon funding. 


Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the required and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.

Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin immediately.  Materials should be addressed to Christopher Cain, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted online, as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or applicant.inquiry@unlv.edu.


UNLV employees or employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) MUST use the “Find Jobs” process within Workday to find and apply for jobs at UNLV and other NSHE Institutions. Once you log into Workday, type "Find Jobs" in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site. Locate this specific job posting by typing the requisition number, “R0117415” in the search box.

If you complete an application outside of the internal application process, your application will be returned and you will have to reapply as an internal applicant which may delay your application.


UNLV is committed to assisting all members of the UNLV community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report compliance document is available online.


UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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