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Founding Director and Professor or Associate Professor - Resort and Attraction Management
BGSU Firelands Campus
Ends at 11:59 pm Bowling Green, OH local time
Salary commensurate with education & experience

Bowling Green State University (BGSU) invites applicants for a faculty administrator position to be the Founding Director of its new undergraduate Resort and Attraction Management program currently in development. The successful individual will hold the rank of professor or associate professor, and have educational credentials and background in Resort and Attraction Management, Hospitality Management, or a related discipline. Tenure may be recommended by the most appropriate home unit, based upon the qualifications of the candidate. As a faculty administrator, the Founding Director will not be a member of the bargaining unit that represents the BGSU faculty. The position will report to the Dean of Firelands College with a dotted line to the Provost. The successful candidate will have retreat rights to his/her tenured faculty position. Salary and Benefits are competitive and commensurate with peer institution levels. Anticipated start date is negotiable but as early as summer 2019.

The Founding Director of the Bachelor of Science in Resort and Attraction Management (RAAM) program will have the unique opportunity to influence, develop, and lead one of the few specialized bachelor’s degrees in the country created to address a growing need for trained and experienced managers in a wide array of recreation, entertainment, educational, and leisure venues. According to the curriculum plan currently making its way through the approval process, graduates of the junior-senior level (2+2) program will be prepared for entry-level manager/leadership roles at amusement and theme parks, family entertainment centers, museums, resorts, zoos, and aquariums throughout the USA and internationally. 


Program Administration. Oversee program development through its final approval stages; facilitate recruitment of the first cohort; oversee program staffing, foster positive internal and external stakeholder relationships, coordinate didactic and experiential curricula, manage budget and other resources, and provide leadership for the overall growth and sustainability of the program. Provide visionary leadership characterized by coordination with other University divisions/units, community outreach, program implementation, recruitment, and team building.

  1. Grow enrollment by working with the Office of Admissions and the Vice Provost for Strategic Enrollment Planning to create and implement recruitment strategies (e.g. leverage access to Cedar Fair employees), work with 2-year and other schools to create transfer pipelines, network with industry professionals, and other strategies as recommended.
  2. Support student recruitment, enrollment and retention efforts via collaboration with University departments and participation in University events, committees, and planning teams.
  3. Maintain program oversight and development, including strategic program planning; course sequencing and class scheduling, budget development, implementation, and oversight; recruitment, management, and evaluation of faculty, staff, and students.
  4. Build bridges and collaborative partnerships with hospitality communities and university stakeholders to grow resources and advance the image and status of the program.
  5. Ensure that students in the program receive/have access to appropriate support services and resources, including, but not limited to: academic advising, tutoring and academic coaching, services to support underrepresented populations, personal counseling, access to health care and accommodations; and protection from discrimination and/or violations of Title IX.
  6. Identify, develop, and maintain industry contacts for internships and career opportunities that enhance and align with the RAAM program.
  7. Develop relationships with business and industry to identify potential partnerships, adjunct faculty, guest speakers, and industry experts to enhance the student experience and sustainability of the program.
  8. Support the University's outcomes initiatives by working to refine and revise course assignments and evaluation tools and leading or participating in data analysis discussions to make program and course improvements.

Curriculum and Teaching.  Evaluates and modifies curriculum, determines course delivery methods, and oversees learning outcomes assessment.

  1. Teach at least one course during each semester.
  2. Provide excellent instruction in undergraduate courses in the program.
  3. Use strategies and skills necessary to support student learning and prepare and deliver current and relevant course material in an understandable and motivating manner.
  4. Contribute to the development of courses throughout the program and the delivery of a quality student learning experience.
  5. Engage in course design and management, curriculum review and revisions, and new course validation processes.
  6. Participate in and support the accreditation and program review processes by providing teaching, learning, and administrative support as a member of the Resort and Attraction Management unit.

Other Duties. Undertake any such other duties within the scope of the post as may be requested of the position.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Earned Doctorate degree from an accredited university in Resort and Attraction Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Hospitality Management, or a closely related field.
  2. Minimum of Associate Professor rank in a Resort and Attraction Management, Hospitality Management, or closely related discipline.
  3. Tenurable at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor in the home unit.
  4. A record of peer-reviewed or mass market publications, or related industry-oriented presentations; or three years involvement with college-level teaching.
  5. Two years experience planning, assigning, scheduling, supervising and evaluating the work of others.
  6. Involvement in the development and sustainment of academic partnerships (grant writing, public-private partnerships, inter/intra-institutional collaborations, etc.).
  7. Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and meet the University’s insurability standards.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated specialist knowledge and/or professional working experience in fields related to Resort and Attraction Management or Hospitality Management.
  2. Demonstrated specialized knowledge and expertise in the theory, skills, and pedagogy related to the discipline or profession.
  3. Evidence of success in teaching undergraduate students, including curriculum development, creating learning outcomes, and assessment of learning.
  4. Documented use of experiential learning pedagogies (co-ops, internships, undergraduate research, etc.).
  5. A strong capacity for leadership, creativity, and innovation that drives program growth in the discipline.
  6. Commitment to excellence and the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administration.
  7. An effective internal advocate for professionalism, scholarship, and academic rigor, while also seeking vital opportunities for interdisciplinary program development.
  8. Ability to create, articulate, and operationalize a vision for a niche/unique academic program for a wide variety of audiences, including prospective students, business and industry leaders, faculty, and community partners.
  9. Experience working in a team environment, interacting positively with students, faculty, staff, and industry executives/representatives.

Credentials Required for Application

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript showing highest degree earned
  • Names and contact information for three professional references who will be asked to provide a letter of recommendation (dated within past year)

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Bowling Green State University, please call 419-372-8421.

Application Deadline: January 4, 2019

Additional Information: 
Dr. Kate Dailey, Associate Dean, BGSU Firelands
Search Committee Chair
Email: kdailey@bgsu.edu
Tel: 419-372-0623

BGSU policy requires finalists to authorize and pass a background investigation prior to receiving an offer of employment.

Information about the Program

Bowling Green State University and Cedar Fair Entertainment Company have announced a partnership to develop a new two-year degree completion program in resort and attraction management offered by the University. Currently in development, the plan is to gain formal approvals so that students can enroll in the Fall of 2020.

The new degree program – in a multi-billion-dollar industry sector for which Cedar Fair is widely recognized as among the leaders – will be taught and led by BGSU faculty. Industry experts from Cedar Fair and other venues will contribute their knowledge and experience as guest lecturers and in professional development seminars. As planned, courses for the program will be taught in downtown Sandusky at a new multipurpose facility developed by Cedar Fair. The multi-use facility will house classrooms, offices, and apartment-style housing.

The University is working with Cedar Fair to ensure the curriculum (years 3 and 4 of a bachelor’s degree completion program) reflects the courses and experiences that will best prepare students for careers in the field. Although the program is currently in development, classes will focus in several areas specifically created to prepare graduates for entry-level managerial roles, including: revenue management, supply chain management, talent and personnel management, public safety, and operations planning. Additionally, students will be required to complete co-op assignments at one of 11 Cedar Fair parks across North America.

The proposed degree program will require the approval of the BGSU faculty and Board of Trustees, the State of Ohio Department of Higher Education, and the Higher Learning Commission. The development and approval process is underway.

 Additional information about BGSU Firelands is available online at http://www.firelands.bgsu.edu.

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Associate/Full Professor, Bowling Green State University – Firelands College in Sandusky/Huron Ohio. Tenurable faculty administrator position as Founding Director of the new undergraduate Resort and Attraction Management program (junior and senior degree completion program) currently in development. Responsibilities include director (administration) of the program, teaching (one course each fall and spring semesters), oversight for course scheduling and hiring/evaluating faculty, developing relationships to grow and sustain the program, accreditation and program review process, student services and support. Earned doctorate from an accredited university in Resort and Attraction Management, Hospitality Management, or closely related field. For a complete job description and instructions on how to apply for this position, visit https://bgsu.hiretouch.com/or contact the Office of Human Resources, BGSU. Application deadline is January 4, 2019. Background check required for employment. BGSU is an AA/EEO/Vet employer. We encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans and person with disabilities regardless of age, gender identity, genetic information, religion, or sexual orientation.

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