Distinguished Visiting Professor Series Brings Outstanding Scholars to USFSM

Dr. QuUSF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership enters the second year of its Distinguished Visiting Professor Series which brings internationally recognized scholars to the campus in 2014 for visits of one week to 12 months. The Series is an initiative of the M3 Center of Hospitality Technology and Innovation, showcasing industry leaders who will deliver class lectures, provide one-on-one counsel on graduate research projects, assist in strategic planning for the College, provide insight on faculty development and work closely with faculty and students. The series’ second visiting professor is Dr. Hailin Qu, Regents Professor and William E. Davis Distinguished Chair, as well as director of the Center for Hospitality and Tourism Research in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Qu will visit with USFSM from October 9 to 15.

“It is my great honor and pleasure to be invited as a Distinguished Visiting Professor,” said Qu. “The Hospitality & Tourism Leadership program at USF Sarasota-Manatee is unique in hospitality higher education, providing not only education and training opportunities for our future leaders, but also research in this important area. It will make significant contributions to the hospitality and tourism industry and academia.”

Qu, who has been ranked the 15th leading researcher in publishing at three top-tier hospitality and tourism journals in the world, will give a seminar on hospitality research to USFSM graduate students, providing insights for managing and publishing their individual research.  “I have been invited by many major universities worldwide either as the Distinguished Visiting or Honorary Professor,” said Qu. “However, this invitation is so special to me because I am invited by my formal doctoral student, Dean Cihan Cobanoglu, who has achieved great success in his career. I was thrilled when I realized that I was going to have the chance to visit him and his program to talk to his students and faculty.”

Qu was a Visiting Chair Professor in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a Visiting Professor at Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne, Switzerland, as well as honored as the Senior International Academic Advisor in the Tourism Research Center at the China Academy of Social Sciences, P. R. China. Upon receiving his PhD, Qu has published more than 95 refereed journal articles,  presented over 208 refereed conference papers at national and international conferences, and reviewed five textbooks. He has been invited to give keynote speech and presentations at 57 national and international conferences, meetings and seminars.