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Director of Community Engagement and Economic Development
Auburn University

Date Posted May 27, 2022
Title Director of Community Engagement and Economic Development
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Nutrition, Dietetics, & Hospitality Management
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Public Relations/Marketing
    Development/Institutional Advancement
Twelve-month non-tenure-track faculty position and not eligible for tenure, full-time Director of Community Engagement and Economic Development in Hospitality Management, with the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management, College of Human Sciences, beginning July 2022. This is a three-year, limited-term position with the opportunity for renewal based upon need, generated funding, and performance.

The Director of Community Engagement and Economic Development will provide oversight for developing a hospitality innovation hub at Auburn University. The aim of the hospitality innovation hub is to create and offer economic opportunities for the local community and region. The Director will be responsible for strategic planning, program development and coordination, and potential delivery of all community and industry engagement activities, services, and initiatives for Hospitality Management in the state-of-the-art education support facility, the Tony and Libba Rane Culinary Science Center. These activities, services, and initiatives include, but are not limited to, consultancy services (open innovation) for the hospitality industry, venture incubation and acceleration for aspiring hospitality and tourism entrepreneurs, and hospitality training and certification for community and industry. The Director will be expected to pursue funding and grant opportunities to ensure programmatic growth and sustainability with the expectation that the position and the hospitality innovation hub will be financially self-sufficient by the end of the third year of employment. The successful applicant would participate in the formation of department policies but would not participate in decisions regarding promotion and tenure, graduate faculty membership, or policies related to the curriculum. The Director will be dedicated entirely to community engagement and economic development and will not be required to develop, pursue, or maintain an independent research agenda. The Director will be reviewed annually by the Department Head.

SETTING: The Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management employs 17 fulltime tenure-track faculty and is affiliated with the College of Human Sciences. The department offers a baccalaureate degree program in Hospitality Management, with program option in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Event Management and Culinary Science. The department also offers an MS and PhD in Hospitality Management and an MS degree in Brewing Science and Operations. The Hospitality Management Program will be housed in the newly developed Tony and Libba Rane Culinary Science Center. Shaping the next generation of top-tier hospitality professionals while providing exceptional guest experiences in a state-of-the-art learning facility, the Tony and Libba Rane Culinary Science Center at Auburn University will prepare graduates for an array of careers within the broad hospitality industry with immersive hands-on learning opportunities.

The College of Human Sciences is one of twelve (12) academic schools and colleges on the Auburn University campus. It enrolls more than 1,400 undergraduate students and approximately 125 graduate students across three departments (Consumer and Design Sciences, Human Development and Family Studies, and Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Management). Additional information on the college can be found at

Auburn University is a comprehensive, multicultural University and land-grant Institution located in Auburn, Alabama, enrolling 25,000 students. Auburn is a one-hour drive from Montgomery, Alabama, and 1.5 hours from Atlanta, Georgia airport and about four hours to Gulf Coast beaches. Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples

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