Assistant Professor - Wine Studies/Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management - Full-time / Part-time
Ellensburg, WA 98926
This position in the Department of Family and Consumer Science is expected to teach existing introductory and advanced Wine Studies (75%) and Hospitality, Tourism, and Events (25%) courses and other courses in their area of expertise using a variety of modalities. Faculty are expected to advise students; contribute to the department/program; engage in scholarship appropriate to their field; and provide service to the University, the community, and their profession. The faculty member in this position will serve as program coordinator, working to support program growth through recruitment activities and curriculum development, as well as form industry partnerships and facilitate field experiences, including study abroad. Faculty will integrate CWU's commitment to diversity and create a learning environment that is welcoming, accessible and inclusive for all students.
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What we offer:
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Faculty are bound to observe in all official acts, the highest standards of ethics consistent with the State of Washington statutes, the regulations of the Executive Ethics Board and its advisory opinions, the policies of the University Board of Trustees, and the University Student Rights and Responsibilities.
The primary professional responsibilities of tenured and tenure-track faculty members are teaching, scholarship, and service.
- Classroom, laboratory, online, hybrid, and distance delivery instruction in regular academic courses with assigned workload units. Applicant should be able to teach courses within the areas of Wine Service and Food Pairing; Intro to Wine, Beer, and Spirits; Wine Marketing and Branding; Survey of Washington Wine; Wine Regions; Fundamentals of Viticulture and Enology; Sensory Analysis; Winery Administration and Budgeting; Wine Distribution Management; Wine Law and Winery Compliance; Wine Tourism; Online and App Strategies; Food and Beverage Operations; or other related courses as needed.
- Development and coordination of events and field experiences that provide students with high-impact learning opportunities; supervision of student internships; collaboration with other departments and programs to enhance student learning. Co-lead an annual study abroad trip.
- Curriculum revision and improvement that promotes student success, preparation of new courses or substantial revision of existing courses; ensure curriculum and underlying pedagogy are inclusive and promote equity. Create a learning environment that contributes to students' sense of belonging.
- Develop and carry out strategies to promote program growth. Recruit, engage, and mentor students from diverse communities.
- Supervision of student research projects; supervision of directed study through individualized courses.
- Supervision and management of teaching facilities, including wine inventory and sensory lab equipment; preparation of student materials, supplies, and equipment for classes.
- Serve as a faculty advisor to undergraduate students seeking a Wine Studies major, minor, or certificate; deliver classes as scheduled and maintain office hours; and other activities benefiting students' academic development.
- All professional activities leading to publication or formal presentation in the faculty member's field, or leading to external funding recognizing the faculty member's current or potential contribution to his/her field. Such activities include manuscript submission; grant proposal submission; supervision of externally funded research projects; development of patentable inventions; and other original contributions appropriate to the faculty member's field.
- Public service: serve in organized, non-remunerative, educational, and consultative activities which relate to a faculty's professional expertise and further the interests or prestige of the University. Develop industry partnerships that promote inclusion and equity.
- University service: serve as program coordinator; participate in accreditation and/or program development; work on recognized administrative, department, college, school, or university committees; and other tasks as deemed necessary by the University.
- Professional service: serve on grant, journal, or accreditation review boards, or as an ad hoc reviewer, in the faculty's area of expertise; serve as an officer in a professional society; organize and/or chair conferences, symposia, seminars, etc.; teach short courses, seminars, etc. that are not regular academic courses; edit journals, books, special volumes of papers, etc.
- Master's degree in Wine Industry/Business Management, Hospitality Management, or related field.
- Strong teaching abilities.
- Willingness to teach a wide range of courses at all levels and modalities.
- Ability to meet or exceed tenure requirements.
- Wine industry experience.
- Ability to contribute to the inclusion and engagement of culturally diverse students through teaching and mentorship.
- PhD in Wine Industry/Business Management, Hospitality Management, or related field.
- Wine industry experience specific to marketing, distribution, management, or education.
- Demonstrated effective instruction at the University level .
- Experience or interest in developing and teaching courses in a variety of modalities (i.e. online, hybrid, face-to-face).
- Experience in curriculum development and improvement.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Evidence of research publications and/or presentations in related field or strong potential to do so.
- Evidence of service to the community, profession, or an institution.
- Experience with study abroad or international programs.
- Experience with or ability to employ teaching strategies that promote equity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging.
- Experience working in a diverse environment and/or utilizing a variety of teaching methods designed for broad student success.
- Ability to incorporate multicultural perspectives and issues into curriculum and classroom conversations.
- Demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students through teaching and/or mentoring activities.
- Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines, and work schedules.
- Judgement: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.
- Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.
- Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
- Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create environment that supports and embraces diversity.
Salary: $60,000 - $66,000 annually
Appointment: Full-Time, Tenure-Track, 9 Month Appointment. Additional Summer teaching may be available. Central Washington University is on the quarter system with appointments from mid-September through mid-June.
Benefits: CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance.
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