Faculty Bios

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Here you will find more detailed information about the HSPM's exemplary staff. Contact information, background information, personal interests, and weblinks can all be found under each person's bio. Just click on the name of the professor or lecturer you want to know more about!


Lecturers

 

Professors

Lecturers

Lecturer Bio Information

Joe Dworak

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Recent/Current Courses Taught:

HSPM 107 - Legal Aspects of Hospitality Management

Business 080 - Business Law

Bio/Academic Interests:

Mr. Dworak is partner in Berliner Cohen,San Jose's largest business law firm dedicated to serving the business needs of Silicon Valley. (www.berliner.com). Among many other projects, his law firm represented the developer who revamped downtown San Jose with the marquee Fairmont Hotel. He helped launch the Hospitality Management program at SJSU, and has received many accolades for his teaching. Professionally he has served with distinction as Special Master for the California State Bar and as a Judge Pro Tem for the Superior Court of California. His peers has recognized as on of the “Best Lawyers in Silicon Valley for 2004 Ð 2008 by the San Jose Magazine. After conducting annual surveys of over 52,000 lawyers and judges, the Law & Politics Edition of the San Francisco Magazine has identified his as a Northern California Super Lawyer for 2004, 2007 and 2008.

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Alan Finkelstein

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Recent/Current Courses Taught:

HSPM 020 - Sanitation and Enviormental Studies

HSPM 022 - Food and Beverage Management, Catering

• HSPM 023 - Culinary Concepts

Bio/Academic Interests:

Executive Chef, exclusive caterer, food culture historian, culinary arts instructor, a.o.s., b.a., m.b.a., m.o.t.

Michael Lange

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Recent/Current Courses Taught:

HSPM 010 - Creating A Meaningful Life

HSPM 090 - Recreation Foundations

HSPM 100W - Writing

• HSPM 134 - Human Resources Management

Bio/Academic Interests:

A recently retired Supervisor with the City of Oakland's Parks and Recreation Department, Mr. Lange has also been active for some time as an actor, playwright and director in the Bay Area. His most recent play was directing 'Shakespeare's Lost Masterpiece' in San Francisco and Oakland, a world premiere. He has won awards for 'Best Director' and 'Best Play' in 2001 and 2003 respectively. Also in 2003 he won 'Best Supporting Actor' at the ARTYS Drama Awards ceremonies. Since 1990 Lange toured the United States extensively portraying the fiery human rights leader Malcolm X, in over 750 live performances. Lange also writes and performs with 'Light Harmony and Sound', a folk-blues guitar trio. He has been teaching the 'Creating A Meaningful Life' course at San Jose State since 1998.

Rich Larson

  • Name:Rich Larson
  • Office: SPX 53 & IS 206
  • Phone: 408.924.3186

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Recent/Current Courses Taught:

HSPM 001 - Introduction to Hospitality Management

HSPM 011 - Principles of Food and Beverage Management

HSPM 020 - Sanitation and Environmental Issues in the Hospitality Industry

HSPM 023 - Culinary Principles and Practices, Special Event Management, On-Site Foodservice

HSPM 102 - Fundamentals of Hotel Operations

HSPM 148 - Wine Appreciation

• HSPM 156 - Principles of Sustainable Travel & Tourism

Bio/Academic Interests:

Richard Larson has had a dynamic career as an entrepreneur, special event coordinator, university professor, freelance writer, management consultant and endurance athlete. He is a graduate of San Jose State University and City College of San Francisco and has earned the prestigious Foodservice Management Professional (FMP) designation from the National Restaurant Association.

His extensive management experience includes owning a restaurant and catering business and managing a high volume motorcycle dealership. Richard has kept busy as a freelance journalist, a real estate investor, Motorcycle Safety Instructor and endurance athlete. In 2007 he completed his seventh marathon and an athletic career highlight, Ironman Triathlon.

Richard has been a lecturer at San Jose State University since 1995. He helped create several classes and provides oversight to a unique class working in partnership with Pebble Beach Resorts.
He and his wife Laura have been married 35 years and have three children and one grandson.

Mac Nguyen

  • Name: Mac Nguyen
  • Office: SPX 51
  • Phone: 408.924.3000

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Recent/Current Courses Taught:

HSPM 105 - Finance in Hospitality

Bio/Academic Interests:

Mac Nguyen attained his BBA Degree, Travel Industry Management School, at the University of Hawaii in 1977-. He is a highly motivated, results-driven and analytical Senior Financial Executive with over 20 years of diversified accounting, auditing, financial analysis, purchasing and operational management experience. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: Financial and Operational Analysis, Internal Control, Procurement & Negotiation Skills, and Organizational & Innovation Skills. He has experience working in The Westin Santa Clara for 6 years, The Westin St. Francis for 7 years, and is currently employed at The St. Regis SF & Residences. Mac Nguyen has also worked at the Doubletree Hotels Corporation – Corporate Office as their Corporate Purchasing Officer. He was the Executive Chair of the Safety and Health Committee (2009-2010) and the Executive Chair of the Community Services Committee (2008) at the Westin St. Francis. He is currently the Executive Chair of the Sustainability Committee at the St. Regis SF (2013). Mac Nguyen has been a member of the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals since 1992.

Seth Orvis

  • Name:Seth Orvis
  • Office: SPX 52
  • Phone: 408.924.3000

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Recent/Current Courses Taught:

HSPM 148 - Wine Appreciation

Bio/Academic Interests:

For ten years now, I have been working for American Wine & Spirits as the Wine Manager here in the Bay Area.  In conducting staff trainings and “Wine Maker Dinners” throughout the Bay Area, I developed a great love for teaching.  From connections to restaurant owners around the Bay Area, I have been working to get more involvement from the local community for the Wine Appreciation classes.

My wine knowledge goes beyond my involvement in the industry for a number of years, but also has completed the Sommelier training through the Court of Master Sommeliers. This has helped to teach a more practical approach to wine for students continuing in the business. 

Oxford UK . with an M.B.A.

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Recent/Current Courses Taught:

HSPM 102 - Fundamentals of Hotel Operations

Bio/Academic Interests:

Currently employed as a Hotel General Manager in Santa Clara . I have over twenty five years of experience in the Hotel business including Corporate Human Resources.

Graduate form Oxford Brookes University, Oxford UK with an M.B.A.

Alice Southwell

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Recent/Current Courses Taught:

HSPM 102 - Hotel Operations

HSPM 106 - Strategic Management, Sales & Convention Services Management

HSPM 141 - Resort & Club Management

Bio/Academic Interests:

Alice Southwell has a Masters Degree in Hotel Administration fromCornell University. She is an industry professional with 12+ years working for the Disneyland Hotel, Sheraton Corporation and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. Her expertise is in Hotel Operation, and General Management. Mrs. Southwell also participates on the strategic planning committee for California's Community Colleges Family & Consumer Sciences program, addressing issues facing our industry.
Life is full with her husband, three children, two dogs, and two geckoes. Interests include entertaining family & friends, gardening, snow skiing, reading, dancing and seeing son's play ice hockey.

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Recent/Current Courses Taught:

HSPM 001 - Intro. to Hospitality

HSPM 011 - Restaurant Management, Serv-Safe Certification

HSPM 012 - F&B Cost Control

HSPM 102 - Hotel Operations

HSPM 175 - Entrepreneurship

HSPM 186 - Strategic Management

Bio/Academic Interests:

Terry D. Thompson has a B.A. San Jose State University, 1973 and has designed, built and owned three restaurants, one delicatessen and wine shop, a flower shop. Done consultant work for three hotels in Sonoma County. Also, Food and Beverage director for Doubletree, Director of Catering and Convention services for Fairmont, General Manager of Los Robles Lodge and Geyserville Inn.

Owner of restaurant review Web Blog, "was it worth it.org."

Interests include: Volunteer Firefighter Geyservile Fire District, acrylic artist.

Pi Shin Wey

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Recent/Current Courses Taught:

HSPM 108 - Hospitality Information System

HRTM 108 - Information Technology in Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism

Bio/Academic Interests:

Dr. Pi-Shin Wey is an adjunct faculty and is currently teaching Information Technology in Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism in the Department of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism Management, San Jose State University. She also is working as an academic counselor at Northwestern Polytechnic University. Dr. Wey had served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Management, Da-Yeh University, Taiwan, for ten years before moving to California. She has published a book in interface design and a number of academic and professional articles. Her research interests include management information system, e-learning system, and user-centered system. She holds a BS in Textile and Clothing from the Fu-Jen Catholic University (Taiwan), a MS in Textile Science with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and living with a relaxing lifestyle. As a foreign student and faculty herself, Dr. Wey likes to help students in seeking a successful life on an American university campus.

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Professors

Professor Bio Information

Michelle

 

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Education:

Ph.D. in Hotel & Restaurant Administration, Oklahoma State University

Visiting Scholar at Department of Marketing, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Master of Science in Tourism & Hospitality Management, Xiamen University              

Bachelor of Business Administration in Tourism & Hospitality Management, Xiamen University                     

Recent/Current Courses Taught:

• HSPM 154 - Revenue Management

• HSPM 104 - Hospitality Marketing

• HSPM 102 - Fundamentals of Hotel & Lodging Operations

Bio/Academic Interests:

Dr. Yinghua Huang joined the Department of Hospitality Management in 2012. Before coming to San Jose, she has had experience teaching hospitality and tourism courses at universities in the U.S. and China. Dr. Huang has published in a number of international academic journals such as Journal of Business Research, and International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. Her research interests include social media, destination marketing, lodging service management and cross-cultural consumer behavior. Dr. Huang is on the editorial board of the Journal of Marketing Channels, and services as ad-hoc reviewers for many journals and conferences. She is currently serving as the faculty advisor for the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) student chapter at San Jose State University. She has working experiences with hotels and hospitality consultancy companies.

Kate Sullivan

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Education:

PHD. Univ Of Illinois Urbana Campus,1990

Recent/Current Courses Taught:

HSPM 001 - Introduction to Hospitality Management

HSPM 102 - Hotel Operations

HSPM 134 - Human Resources in Hospitality and Recreation

HSPM 140 - Conference, Convention and Event Planning

HSPM 141 - Resort and Private Club Management

HSPM 142 - Principles of Tradeshow Management

HSPM 156 - Principles of Sustainable Travel & Tourism

HSPM 191B - Internships in Hospitality and Recreation

Bio/Academic Interests:

Convention, tradeshow management, resort and private club management, hospitality business, event planning, benefits of hospitality to the community, travel and tourism, recreation administration, hotel operations and economic benefits

Tsu-Hong Yen

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Education:

Ph.D. in Leisure Studies, Department of Leisure Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

MS in Leisure Studies, Department of Leisure Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

MBA, College of Business Administration, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

BS in Tourism, Department of Tourism, Chinese Culture University, Taiwan

Recent/Current Courses Taught:

HSPM 101 - Multicultural community and global issues

HSPM 104 - Marketing research in hospitality management

HSPM 105 - Managerial accounting in hospitality management

BUS/HSPM 147 - Service operations management

Bio/Academic Interests:

Dr. Tsu-Hong Yen joined the Department of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism in 2002. Before coming to San Jose, he had taught at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, and Da-Yeh University in Taiwan. He has taught a variety of courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Yen has published in a number of academic and professional journals. He also has presented his research at national and international conferences. His research interests include service quality, service management, culture and tourism, information technology, marketing research, and consumer behavior. He holds a BB in Tourism from the Chinese Culture University ( Taiwan), an MBA with a concentration in transportation from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, an MS and a Ph.D. in leisure studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For his leisure, he likes to travel, biking, and cooking.