Dr. Soo Kang is an Associate Professor of Hospitality Management in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University (CSU). She is originally from South Korea and completed her MS and PHD in the Hospitality and Tourism Management at Kansas State University. She joined the faculty at CSU in 2003.
Her main research area is consumer behaviors in the hospitality tourism disciplines. She has specifically conducted research studies on residents’ quality of life issues in gambling communities, on visitor profiling at an international event and festival, and on marijuana tourism. She has published 45 peer reviewed articles in the flagship journals in the field of hospitality and tourism management: Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Geographies, Tourism Management, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, among others. She is also an author of a book chapter on gambling management, ‘Land based Casino Gambling: Case of Colorado and South Dakota,’ in the book titled, ‘The History of Gambling in America.’
Professor Kang teaches courses in lodging management (both undergraduate and graduate level), hospitality marketing, and senior seminar capstone courses. She is also an affiliate professor in the Dept. of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at CSU. In Fall 2017, she taught as Global Teaching Scholar at the Semester at Sea, a four-month long global study abroad program.
She served as an international visiting scholar at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong and Kyung Hee University in South Korea. She completed a faulty internship program with Marriott Inc. and is a CHE (Certified Hospitality Educator) designated by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI).