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When graduation approaches for doctoral students, they must begin the tedious process of searching for their first faculty position. It becomes important for the student to have a good understanding of what factors are most important when he or she is looking for that position. Very limited hospitality research addresses this viewpoint. The purpose of this study is to identify the factors of importance for hospitality management doctoral students when they select an academic position to apply for or accept. An online survey of students found that likelihood of obtaining tenure, criteria used for obtaining tenure, base salary, and teaching load were the four most important factors. Differences were found in gender, and nationality. Implications and future research are discussed.