University of Nevada, Las Vegas — Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (“UNLV”) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (“EADAA”), Harrah College of Hospitality. 

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

The Position
Reporting to the Dean, the Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (“EADAA”) serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the Harrah College of Hospitality. The EADAA is responsible for new program development and promoting excellence in teaching and learning. This role lends thoughtful leadership and strategic guidance to department chairs, directors, and faculty members in the creation, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum ranging from baccalaureate to doctoral degree programs.

The EADAA will provide academic oversight to the College and allow the Dean to focus more attention on fundraising, industry partnerships, and community outreach efforts. The EADAA will serve as a pivotal leader in developing the College’s strategic vision, advancing academic excellence, supporting international students programs, and promoting team building. The EADAA will strengthen the College’s research infrastructure and promote discovery and engagement in emerging hospitality and tourism research trends, research methodology, and statistical analysis techniques.

The Executive Associate Dean, in collaboration with department chairs and the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs, is responsible for the overall administration of undergraduate and graduate programs. The EADAA works in partnership with faculty to create a culture that embraces academic excellence and enhances the quality and distinction of program offerings and the attainment of student success outcomes. 

The Executive Associate Dean will join the Harrah College of Hospitality at a moment of great upward momentum. The College recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and moved into a new state of the art building. The College has renewed its commitment to the hospitality industry and to continue being a leader in the field. Due to the recent retirement of two esteemed members of the leadership team, the Dean has embraced this opportunity to change the leadership structure of the College, making it more entrepreneurial and responsive to the needs of students, faculty, and industry partners. 

Required Qualifications and Desired Attributes
The successful candidate will have a minimum of three years of administrative experience as associate dean or chair of a complex department. The EADAA will provide strategic direction in realizing the College’s vision, identify areas for future growth, further enhance its academic and research portfolio, support its focus on continued excellence, and enhance the quality of the student experience.

The most qualified candidate will have:

  • A terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution and academic record appropriate for appointment as a full professor with tenure at UNLV.
  • Demonstrated leadership in developing new programs while promoting a cohesive vision for the College.
  • A distinguished record of scholarship in his or her own discipline. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with faculty from a wide range of disciplines to develop innovative research and scholarly initiatives that leverage faculty’s strengths and interests. 
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate academic programs with high-impact practices and experiential learning opportunities in support of student success.

For a complete list of required and preferred qualifications, please review the position profile at: https://www.storbeckpimentel.com/pd/UNLV-HospitalityEADAA.pdf.  

Application / Nomination Process
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a letter of interest and a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address, and telephone number of the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence. Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner or
Emy Peña, Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
Email: apsearch@storbeckpimentel.com

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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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