The Industry Experience Gap: Hospitality Faculty Perceptions of the Importance of Faculty Industry Experience

Kelly Virginia Phelan
Cynthia Mejia
Jean L. Hertzman


It is estimated almost half of the current hospitality educators in the United States will be retiring within the next 10 years. In their place, the junior faculty who remain, as well as new hires, will have substantially less industry experience than their predecessors. This research sought to determine the perceptions of both hospitality students and faculty regarding the importance of faculty industry experience. The findings of this study are valuable to administrators who wish to maintain rigor within their academic programs and thus may serve as a benchmark for future hiring purposes.