Meet our Team
Learn from Industry Experts.
The Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management faculty members are first and foremost teachers. Experienced and well-connected in the hospitality industry, they bring professionally relevant knowledge to the classroom with a distinctly pragmatic focus that enhances learning. They are also thought leaders, sought-after consultants and experts for the media who challenge their students to learn and explore beyond classroom walls.
Our staff play a vital role in all Frtiz activities—from degree programming and student advising to providing top-notch event and wedding services.
Faculty Awards & Honors
The Most Awarded Faculty in Hospitality Education Since 2012
The McCool Breakthrough Award
International Council on Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Education (ICHRIE) | Awarded for the school’s challenge-driven learning curriculum that includes cross-course collaborations and meaningful service learning.
C. Thomas Howard Award for Innovative Teaching
Daniels College of Business | Awarded to Dr. Cheri Young for her work incorporating refugee mentorship into her course and encouraging colleagues to partner through their courses.
Best Paper Award
West Federation CHRIE Regional Conference | Awarded to Karen Xie
John Wiley & Sons Award for Innovative Teaching
ICHRIE | Awarded to Dr. Cheri Young for the refugee mentorship program embedded in her course, Managing Human Capital in Hospitality
Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence
Awarded to Karen Xie
Best Presentation Award
International Hospitality Information Technology Association | (iHITA) Annual Research Conference | Awarded to Karen Xie
Best Educational Innovation
Worldwide Hospitality Awards | Awarded for the school’s work with the refugee community and for modeling corporate social responsibility for students
Best Case Research Award
International CHRIE | Awarded to H.G. Parsa
Best Paper Award
International CHRIE | Awarded to Amrik Singh
Michael D. Olsen Research Excellence Award
18th Graduate Conference on Hospitality and Tourism | Awarded to H.G. Parsa
John Wiley & Sons Award for Lifetime Achievement in Research
ICHRIE | Awarded to HG Parsa for the body of scholarship he has produced throughout his career