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The mission of the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and
Tourism Management (RHTM) is to provide nationally and internationally
recognized interdisciplinary programs that prepare professionals
and serve organizations in the public and private sectors through
teaching, research, and technology transfer.

The major in Retail and Consumer Sciences provides you with a thorough knowledge of the retailing industry, complemented by business principles and theories related to providing goods and services to consumers.  You will gain sufficient specialization and professional experience to be immediately productive in an entry-level management position in the ever-changing, fast-paced world of retailing. You could begin your career as a retail manager, assistant buyer, planner, allocator, product development manager, or sales representative for a manufacturer or service company. Your options are plentiful with good starting salaries and rapid advancement.

The Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management major prepares you for work in entry, mid-level, and upper-level management positions at a hotel, resort, restaurant, meeting, and event planning company, convention center, or country club. Your job could be anywhere in the world, as these companies are in virtually every city and vacation area!  You could start in a wide variety of positions, including front office, culinary, marketing, sales, or meeting services.  Later you may move to human resources, or food and beverage management.  Perhaps you will be a club manager, help run a resort complex, oversee multiple hotels or restaurants as part of a management company.  You have many career and professional options in this major that can provide good starting salaries and rapid advancement.

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Current Open Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor, Tenure Track, Research Emphasis in Lodging and/or Tourism

Assistant/Associate Professor, Tenure Track, Research Emphasis in Convention and Meeting Planning Management or Restaurant Management

Contact the Department of Retail, Hospitality,
and Tourism Management

1215 W. Cumberland Ave.
110 Jessie Harris Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-1911

Fax: 865-974-5236

Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism
Phone: 865-974-2141

Retail & Consumer Sciences
Phone: 865-974-2141