Dr. SooCheong (Shawn) Jang is currently Full Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) at Purdue University, USA. Dr. Jang has a strong record of research and scholarship with significant contributions to both instruction and service. Since joining Purdue in 2005, Dr. Jang has received prestigious teaching awards, including the 2008 and 2012 Bruce I. Lazarus Teaching Awards and the 2009 Mary L. Matthews Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award. Prior to joining Purdue University, Dr. Jang was Assistant Professor at Kansas State University. Dr. Jang received his doctoral degree from Purdue. Before joining Purdue doctoral program, he spent approximately ten years in the industry as an investment banker
Dr. Jang’s research interests have been in hospitality finance, consumer behaviors, and interdisciplinary research. As a part of his research program, Dr. Jang has published more than 170 papers in top-tier refereed journals. Among the published articles, 7 were recognized as Emerald Citation of Excellence Papers and 2 were awarded as ‘Highly Commended Paper’ and ‘Top 10 Most Referenced Articles Online.’ Dr. Jang was also a recipient of the W. Bradford Wiley Memorial Best Research Paper of the Year Award 2009, Martin Oppermann Memorial Award for the JTTM Best Article of the Year 2014, and Michael D. Olsen Research Achievement Award 2015. Dr. Jang has presented his research at numerous international conferences. During the past 16 years, 18 of the presented papers were selected as among the best papers at the international conferences.
Dr. Jang used to be an organizer for the TOSOK International Tourism Annual Conference and was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Tourism Sciences and Research Note Editor of Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management. He is currently serving as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee for APTA (Asia Pacific Tourism Association) and on the editorial boards of top-tier HTM journals such as Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, International Journal of Hospitality Management, and International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Tourism Management, Journal of Travel Research, Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, and Tourism Analysis. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Education. In addition, he has been advising more than thirty doctoral and master students as a major professor. Dr. Jang is frequently invited as a speaker for academic research or interdisciplinary research by many universities as well as international conferences.