BLACKSBURG, Va., June 17, 2011 – Zvi Schwartz, who will come to Virginia Tech this August as associate professor of hospitality and tourism management in the Pamplin College of Business, has been named J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Senior Faculty Fellow of Hospitality Revenue and Financial Management by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
In 2007, the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation endowed the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Professor of Hospitality Finance and Revenue Management. To allow the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management the flexibility to recruit and hire the best available faculty, the senior faculty fellowship may be used to reward teaching and scholarly excellence with recipients holding the rank of assistant or associate professor. The senior faculty fellowship is for a three-year period.
Schwartz, currently associate professor of recreation, sport, and tourism at the University of Illinois, has published 38 peer-reviewed research articles, seven book chapters and technical reports, and more than 50 peer-reviewed conference presentations. He serves on six major hospitality research journal editorial boards.
Several of his papers and conference proceedings have been singled out for special recognition. He is the recipient of the W. Bradford Wiley Best Paper of the Year Award and has twice been selected for a Best Paper Award from the Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education.
Schwartz has been active in eight externally funded research projects, including two projects funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs.
Schwartz is the co-founder and developer of two decision support systems for hospitality management. For six of the past eight years, the University of Illinois students have selected him for inclusion on the list of “Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students.”
He received his bachelor’s degree from Haifa University in Israel, a master of business administration from Tel-Aviv University in Israel, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.
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