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Chef/Instructor, Hospitality and Sport Business Management

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College / VP Area: Lerner College Business & Econ
Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Hospitality Business Management, Full Time


Chef/Instructor Position Description

The Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware invites applications for a Chef/Instructor position in the Department of Hospitality and Sport Business Management (HSBM).  Successful candidates will demonstrate the drive and vision to maintain an innovative, cutting-edge learning environment in the Vita Nova restaurant.  In addition, candidates must be committed to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. The Vita Nova Restaurant is a student-operated laboratory, featuring a 65-seat upscale dining room, a bistro/bar, wine cellar, and exhibition teaching and demonstration kitchens, where the Hospitality Business Management students rotate through multiple positions while gaining applied management experience.   Vita Nova is consistently ranked in the top 10 restaurants in the Philadelphia area by OpenTable. 

Position Summary:

The Chef and Clinical Instructor is instrumental in providing a consistent and positive learning environment for students in the University of Delaware’s Hospitality Business Management’s Vita Nova Restaurant/Lab. The position primarily consists of teaching and managing Back of the House Restaurant Operations for lunch, dinner and occasional special events tied to courses taught in the restaurant. This includes kitchen management, menu development, procurement of food, chemical and paper supplies, inventory control, safety, and sanitation. Given that the Vita Nova restaurant is an experiential real-world laboratory, the position comprises both technical and business management skills in the creation, delivery, and management of superior customer experiences.


Candidates should possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management/culinary arts.  A master’s degree in culinary, hospitality or business management area is desirable. Candidates with at least five years’ experience as a restaurant or hotel/ executive chef and American Culinary Federation Certification are preferred. Candidates must have a strong background in patisserie, desserts, etc., and experience in upscale formal dining restaurant operations. Apart from having extensive knowledge of food and beverage service including French, Russian and American styles, candidates should be strong team players. Candidates should also be proficient in Word, Excel, Power Point and Social Media. 

About the University of Delaware:

Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware ( combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology. Located on an attractive campus in Newark, Delaware, roughly an hour from Philadelphia and Baltimore, and about 2 hours from New York and Washington, D.C., the University is a state-assisted institution with a strong private endowment and selective admission. It is one of the oldest land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institutions in the nation. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies University of Delaware as an R1 research university with very high research activity.

Lerner College has five departments, 42 academic programs, about 4,200 students, 160 faculty members, and state-of-the art facilities. Lerner College supports full-time, part-time, on-site corporate, and online MBA programs in addition to MS programs in functional business areas and non-degree executive education programs. All degree programs are fully accredited by the AACSB.  For more information on Lerner College, see

The Department of Hospitality and Sport Business Management is housed within Lerner College and offers degree programs in hospitality and event experience management, hospitality industry management and sport management. To learn more about the Department and its faculty members, please visit The department promotes a collegial, supportive environment and values candidates who share these values.


Salary, benefits, teaching load, and research support are highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Candidates who currently hold appointments at other institutions are strongly encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates will have a record of excellent teaching in undergraduate and/or graduate courses and of publishing in peer-reviewed or higher-tier journals. 

Application Instructions

Candidates should apply online and upload their CV, a one-page description of culinary/industry experience and three references. Letters of recommendation will be requested upon application submission.

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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position may be addressed to the search committee chair, Mr. Nick Waller;; 302 831-6077.



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