Dr. Soo Kang is an Associate Professor of Hospitality Management in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University (CSU). She is originally from South Korea and completed her MS and PHD in the Hospitality and Tourism Management at Kansas State University. She joined the faculty at CSU in 2003.
In 2011 when she was on sabbatical in South Korea, a fortune teller told her that she is going to travel around the world in the next five years. At that time, she thought it was an absolute rip-off, blaming her sister who took her to the fortune teller. Six years later (one year later than the fortune teller predicted), she happily joined the Semester at Sea program as a faculty serving the class of fall 2017 voyage. She is very excited to join this prestigious opportunity and to offer the first hospitality management courses on the the ship.
Her main research area is consumer behaviors in the hospitality tourism disciplines. She has specifically conducted research studies on residents’ quality of life issues in gambling communities, on visitor profiling at an international event and festival, and on marijuana tourism. She has published 45 peer reviewed articles in the flagship journals in the field of hospitality and tourism management: Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Geographies, Tourism Management, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, among others. She is also an author of a book chapter on gambling management, ‘Land based Casino Gambling: Case of Colorado and South Dakota,’ in the book titled, ‘The History of Gambling in America.’
Professor Kang teaches courses in lodging management (both undergraduate and graduate level), hospitality marketing, and senior seminar capstone courses. She is also an affiliate professor in the Dept. of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at CSU.
She served as an international visiting scholar at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong and Kyung Hee University in South Korea. She completed a faulty internship program with Marriott Inc. and is a CHE (Certified Hospitality Educator) designated by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI).