Academic Faculty

Soo Kang, Ph.D. C.H.E.

Soo Kang, Ph.D. C.H.E.

Associate Professor
Hospitality Management

206 Gifford Building | (970) 491-0293 | soo.kang@colostate.edu


Research Interests:

  • Consumer behaviors and marketing, hospitality education and learning
  • Cross cultural tourism behaviors and management
  • DMO (Destination Marketing Organization) management and marketing
  • QOL (Quality of Life) issues in the hospitality and tourism arenas

Education:

Doctorate in Hospitality Management and Marketing
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • Graduated May, 2002
Master of Science in Hospitality Management
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • Graduated August, 1999

Professional Experience:

  • Editorial Board, Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, (2008 - present)
  • Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality and Tourism Ad Hoc Reviewer (2006-Present)
  • The Annual Graduate Education & Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality & Tourism Reviewer (2006-Present)
  • North America Advisory Board of Korean Academic Society of Hospitality Administration, (2006-Present)
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research Paper Ad Hoc Reviewer (2007-Present)
  • Tourism Review International Ad Hoc Reviewer (2005 - Present)
  • Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research Ad Hoc Paper Reviewer (2004 - Present)
  • Asia Pacific Tourism Association Annual Conference Ad Hoc Paper Reviewer (2004 - Present)
  • Annual International CHRIE Conference Ad Hoc Paper Reviewer (2001 - Present)

Professional Services:

  • Tourism Review International Ad Hoc Reviewer (2005 - Present)
  • Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research Ad Hoc Paper Reviewer (2004 - Present)
  • Asia Pacific Tourism Association Annual Conference Ad Hoc Paper Reviewer (2004 - Present)
  • Annual International CHRIE Conference Ad Hoc Paper Reviewer (2001 - Present)

Honors and Awards:

  • CHE (Certified Hospitality Educator) designation since January 2007
  • Vice President of the Rocky Mountain CHRIE Chapter since August 2006
  • Listed in 2007 Edition of Marquis Who's Who in America, August 2006
  • Recipient of the 2006 Marriott Faculty Internship -June- August 2006

Publications:

  • Kang, S.K., Lee, C.K., & Lee, D.E. (in press). Examining Cultural Worldview and Experience by International Tourists: A Case of Traditional House Stay. Asian Pacific Journal of Tourism Research
  • Kim, N.H., Lee, C.K., & Kang, S.K. (in press). Perceived casino service quality: Comparing light and heavy gamblers. Korean Journal of Hospitality Administration
  • Kang, S.K., Lee, C.K., Lee, Y.K., & Li, D.X. (2014). A quality-value-attitude model: Testing with the Expo 2010 Shanghai. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. Published online as of Sept. 25th 2014.
  • Kang, S.K., Lee, C.K., Kim, M.J., & Shin, C.Y. (2014). The effect of community attachment and interest and event awareness on impact and support for the wellbeing food festival: Difference between visitors and volunteers. International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research, 28(10), 31-46.
  • Kang, S.K., & Lee, C.K. (2013). Quality of Life (QOL) of Gambling Community Residents: Relationships with Community Attachment and Socio-demographic Characteristics. Korean Tourism Studies. 28(3), 99-118.
  • Lee, C.K., Kang, S.K., & Lee, Y.K. (2013). Segmentation of mega event motivation: The case of Expo 2010 Shanghai China. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 18(6), 637-660.
  • Lee, C.K., Kang, S.K., & Reisinger, Y. (2012). Incongruence in destination image: Central Asia Region. Tourism Geographies, 14(4), 599-624.
  • Song, H.J., Lee, C.K., Kang, S.K., & Boo, S.J. (2012). The effect of environmentally friendly perceptions on festival visitors’ decision-making process using an extended model of goal-directed behavior. Tourism Management, 33(4), 1417-1428.
  • Lee, C.K., Kang, S.K., & Reisinger, Y. (2010). Community attachment in two rural gaming communities: Comparisons between Colorado gaming communities, US and Gangwon gaming communities, South Korea. Tourism Geographies, 12(1), 140-168.
  • Lee, C.K., Kang, S.K., Long, P.T., & Reisinger, Y. (2010). Residents' perceptions of casino impacts: A comparative study. Tourism Management, 31(2), 189-201.
  • Hsu, C.H.C., & Kang, S.K. (2009). Chinese urban mature travelers’ motivation by decision autonomy. Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, 26(7), 703-721.

Current Research Projects:

  • International Tourism in Central Asian Destinations
  • North Dakota Heritage tourism - Investigating family decision making (FDM)
  • Mature Chinese travel motivations and behaviors
  • Cross-cultural comparisons of rural tourism development communities