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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Hospitality Management

152 Justin Hall
Fax:  785-532-5522

Interim Department Head:

Kevin Roberts

Graduate program director:

Junehee Kwon

Graduate faculty:

*Rebecca A. Gould, Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University
Jichul Jang, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
*Junehee Kwon, Ph.D., Iowa State University
Kristin Malek, Ph.D., University of Nevada Las Vegas
*Kevin Roberts, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Carol W. Shanklin, Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Graduate Faculty Associates:

Paola Paez, Ph.D., Iowa State University

*Denotes graduate faculty that are certified to serve as the major professor for doctoral students.



Program description

The Department of Hospitality Management(HM) offers a master of science degree in hospitality administration. The department participates in the College of Human Ecology doctor of philosophy program with a specialization in hospitality administration. Graduates are prepared for management and academic careers in hospitality management.

Students may focus their study on issues related to hospitality management, foodservice, lodging, and events. Graduate students have diverse academic and work experience backgrounds, including foodservice management, hospitality and tourism, hotel and restaurant management, and social sciences.

Graduate faculty and students collaborate to conduct applied research and disseminate findings through scholarly publications and presentations. Flexibility in planning the program of study allows students to meet personal and professional objectives while enhancing knowledge of the discipline. Supportive faculty and peer relationships foster an environment where students may gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed for leadership positions in their chosen field.


Graduate assistantships

The department offers several graduate teaching and research assistantships. The Department of Housing and Dining Services cooperates with the HM department and offers several graduate assistantships for students to work as managers in residence hall foodservice.

Students are selected based on academic standing and prerequisite skills required for the assignment. Students on assistantship are required to take a minimum of 6 and no more than 12 credit hours per semester and must maintain a 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate and graduate course work. Reappointment is based on maintaining a 3.0 or higher GPA and performance in the position during the previous semester. Students on four-tenths or higher assistantship are assessed fees at the in-state rate in accordance with Graduate School policy.



Doctor of Philosophy Emphasis Area(s)

Master of Science

Dual Degree


Hospitality Management