Tourism HDR Seminar: Associate Professor Swathi Ravichandran
It takes WAY more than just academic affairs to run a university…who knew?!?
Associate Professor Swathi Ravichandran has had the honor and privilege of serving as the Provost’s Fellow during the 2017-18 academic year at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio in the United States. The Fellowship provides faculty members who have an interest in academic administration the chance to develop knowledge, skills, and experience as an administrator.
As a faculty member, Associate Professor Ravichandran spent most of her time on teaching, research, and service commitments for her institution and discipline. Associate Professor Ravichandran vaguely knew about the administration’s structure within academic affairs and had little to no knowledge about the MANY other units it takes to run a large regional institution of higher education with eight campuses, 40,000+ students, and a budget exceeding $650 million! The knowledge and skills she has gained will definitely help her work smarter and not just harder upon returning to her faculty appointment.
Associate Professor Ravichandran looks forward to sharing her knowledge and recent experience with the Business School HDR community to help you get a head start as you prepare to enter the wonderful and exciting world of the academy!
Swathi Ravichandran received an MBA in Marketing and a PhD in Foodservice and Lodging Management from Iowa State University. She is an Associate Professor in Hospitality Management at Kent State University (KSU) and served as the Provost Fellow during the 2017-18 academic year. In 2015, Dr. Ravichandran was recognized as a Meetings Trendsetter by Meetings Focus. In 2014, she received the Distinguished Educator of the Yearaward from Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). Following this recognition, she received a commendation from the 131stGeneral Assembly of Ohio, naming her one of “Ohio’s finest educators.” Dr. Ravichandran teaches a variety of classes including Hospitality Human Resources Management, Hospitality Legal Issues, Hospitality Practicum, and Hospitality Meetings Management and also advises for the KSU Chapter of PCMA. Her research focuses on hospitality human resources management and marketing and has been published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals such as International Journal of Hospitality Management, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, Journal of Foodservice Business Research, and Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism. Dr. Ravichandran also regularly writes blog posts focusing on human resources and legal issues for Restaurant Hospitality titled Foodservice @ Work in addition to contributing to EasyIce.com on similar topics.