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Leadership, Policy, and Planning in Sustainable Tourism Assistantship

Summary: The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management (PRTM) at North Carolina State University invites applications for a three-year doctoral assistantship in sustainable tourism to begin in Fall 2017. The doctoral student will work under the supervision of Dr. Whitney Knollenberg on research related to the roles of leadership, planning, policy, and partnerships in sustainable tourism development. These topics may be explored within a variety of contexts including (but are not limited to): tourism advocacy, tourism taxation, rural tourism development, or food tourism.

Key Responsibilities: This position provides the opportunity to engage in empirical research related to the topics listed above, data management, data analysis, and dissemination through conferences, publications, and practitioner-targeted outlets. The successful candidate must pursue a PhD degree in the Department of PRTM.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will 1) Hold a Master’s degree (preferably thesis-based) in a relevant field; 2) Have demonstrated skills which support data analysis and dissemination (written and oral); and 3) Meet admissions requirements of the NC State Graduate School. Strong organizational, project management, and communication skills are preferred. The ideal candidate will have experience and/or interest in utilizing both qualitative and quantitative research methods and will have a background or knowledge in areas related to tourism.

Stipend: The assistantship provides an annual stipend of $17,000 for 3 years plus health insurance and tuition.

To Apply: For initial inquiries and review please email Dr. Whitney Knollenberg the following items: 1 your experience and research interests, limited to 1-page, single spaced); 2) Resume or CV; 3) Writing sample; and 4) Letter of support from an academic adviser (or other faculty with knowledge of your ability to be successful in a graduate program).

Applicants must submit an online application to the NC State Graduate School and must indicate in the personal statement that they are applying for the Leadership, Policy, and Planning in Sustainable Tourism Assistantship. Applications received by February 15, 2017 will receive full consideration.

Questions about the Graduate Program can be sent to Dr. Yu-Fai Leung, PRTM Director of Graduate Programs. Learn more on the Ph.D. in PRTM.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to participate in the PRTM Graduate Visitation Day, hosted on 10/31/16. To apply, please submit the materials requested above for initial inquires and review. Limited financial support for travel to the Visitation Day is available.

Contact Dr. Whitney Knollenberg via email or at 919-515-5852.