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About this Education Issue

Catherine Curtis, Director of Education, ICHRIE

This themed issue presents a series of articles focused on “Hot Topics in Undergraduate and Graduate Education”. The authors, all directors of education in our ICHRIE federations, were able to deliver a series of articles on topics that concern us as educators in hospitality and tourism.

First, McCain presents the issue of nomenclature in “What’s in a Name?” Do incoming students really know what our industry represents? After it explained, students understand, but then do students know what kind of job opportunities are available after graduation?  This is an important topic that we must address in reference to attracting and recruiting potential students to our field.  

Smith puts a positive spin on undergraduate students and their use of social media and smart phones in “Using Social Media and Smartphones in the Hospitality Undergraduate Curriculum”. Zhong continues this focus on undergraduates, but in a different way. The article by Zhong discusses the stresses that hospitality students may be more prone to and some ways that the stress can be alleviated.

Roberts directs our attention to some important issues for all classrooms in “Diversity and Inclusion: How to Address the Hospitality Classroom”.  In this article, Roberts states the need to recognize different forms of diversity and inclusion that go beyond surface level attributes and engage in dialogue across the college campus.

Kim concluded with the article, “Study Motivations, Study Preference, and Career Preference: Responses from Asian Hospitality and Tourism Students,” which highlights the findings of a research study that would benefit educators and recruiters.

I was glad to be part of this issue as a co-editor. I am fortunate to be able to carry on what my predecessor, Rachel Chen started. I would like to thank the authors for their contributions to this special issue of the Communiqué.

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