Faculty position in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management

State University of New York at Cobleskill

FACULTY POSITION IN Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management

COLLEGE VALUES                              

SUNY Cobleskill is seeking talented and innovative faculty to join the college community as we build a new vision for our second century as a college of agriculture and technology. Offering associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs, SUNY Cobleskill values innovative teaching and faculty committed to engaging pedagogies, collaborative and interdisciplinary endeavors, global perspectives, applied learning including internships and undergraduate research, and high levels of interaction with students.


The Culinary Arts program is housed within the Department of Agriculture and Food Management.  There are currently seven full-time faculty in the department who work closely together to offer associate’s degrees in Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management and a baccalaureate degree (BBA) in Management Technology with a concentration in Culinary Arts.  The program is ACF accredited.  There are currently 150 students registered in the associate’s programs and 50 students in the BBA degree program.  The programs are designed so that graduates are ready and able to enter the professional world as enthusiastic young culinarians.

SUNY Cobleskill’s modern culinary facilities include two kitchen labs specifically designed for skills development, a catering kitchen and dining room, and a newly renovated campus 40 seat restaurant designed for ala carte service with an additional large, modern lab classroom and kitchen.  The restaurant regularly features beef and other farm raised products from our campus, which are processed by our students in SUNY’s only USDA inspected meat processing lab. 


Tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor begins August 2013.


The successful candidate will provide dynamic learning activities that stimulate student involvement and encourage critical thinking to a diverse enrollment in a manner that integrates life, interpersonal, and workforce development skills with academics following the requirements of the American Culinary Foundation.

Expectations include supervising student interns at external placements, weekend and night assignments and activities, involvement in campus and community activities, as well as departmental and campus service, assessment, scholarship and professional development.

We seek a highly qualified individual who will be able to comfortably demonstrate their abilities to teach a broad range of culinary and hospitality classes including hospitality management and service, and food and beverage management using current technologies that foster student success in the classroom.  Examples of such courses are Beverage Management and Mathematics for Hospitality Operations.  Responsibilities may also include internship supervision.  

We ultimately seek an individual who will provide excellent practical and theoretical instruction in an environment that is professional and builds teamwork.  It is expected that our new faculty member will be willing to take part in interdisciplinary and collaborative teaching efforts as we prepare our students for the ever changing world of culinary arts and restaurant management, and to work to support continued American Culinary Federation accreditation including required annual professional development activities.


An earned master’s degree in culinary arts, hospitality or closely related area is required; PhD preferred.  ABD at time of application with terminal degree completed by December 31, 2013 will also be considered. ServSafe food handler certification or equivalent, and five years of direct industry experience in hospitality as a manager or higher are also required. Skills in POS Systems and other industry related software are a plus.  One year of successful documented teaching experience, industry certifications and memberships are desirable. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate their teaching techniques at the time of on-site interviews.


  • Tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor begins August 2013.
  • This position offers full New York State benefits which are among the most comprehensive in the country. Minimum salary level for this position is $50,000. 
  • SUNY Cobleskill is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community for our students and employees. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of the background check.

CLOSING DATE          

The application review process will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found; priority is given to applications submitted by April 1, 2013.


Completed application consists of the following:

  1. Letter of application, addressing qualifications for this position and alignment with college values
  2. Copies of official transcripts (originals required if hired)
  3. Current CV, with names, emails and phone numbers of at least three professional references