Dr. Jinlin Zhao, professor of hospitality and tourism management and director of graduate programs at the Chaplin School, received a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and research at the University College of Northern Denmark. "As a recipient of the Fulbright Specialist Grant, I am honored to represent the U.S. as a scholar to overseas institutions," Dr. Zhao said. Dr. Zhao's career exemplifies his dedication to serving the learning community at FIU and enhancing efforts in international scholarship and collaboration. Since joining FIU nearly 16 years ago, Dr. Zhao has worked to further the mission of the Chaplin School in his U.S. classrooms and abroad. He has given more than 70 presentations at international conferences, engaged in consulting activities in China, recruited and trained foodservice employees during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, taught as visiting professor and trainer at several institutions in China, Taiwan, and Japan, and, in 2015, he was named as Overseas Master by the Shanghai Education Commission. Dr. Zhao also contributed to establishing FIU's Marriott Tianjin China Program at the Tianjin University of Commerce in Tianjin, China where many of the program's faculty are his former students. While at the University College of Northern Denmark, Dr. Zhao will give lectures on strategic management in the global hospitality and tourism management industries, lead seminars on attracting Chinese tourists, and consult with administrators and other scholars on applied research and the development of academic curricula for hospitality education. The Fulbright Scholar Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Through its Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the Fulbright Scholar Program invites approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals each year to 140 countries to lecture, teach, and conduct research. Photo: Dr. Zhao in his office at FIU's Chaplin School on the Biscayne Bay [...]
Summer 2015 was a busy one for FIU hospitality professor Dr. Jinlin Zhao. Recently, he was recognized as the Overseas Master by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission. This award represents an effort of to enhance higher education in Shanghai by inviting experts from all over the globe to teach their area of expertise to students. For the first time ever, the Commission selected a hospitality and tourism professor to receive this prestigious award. Earlier this year, Dr. Zhao taught at the Shanghai Institute of Tourism/Shanghai Normal University, and has been invited to return during FIU's winter break in December. During his most recent visit, Dr. Zhao engaged with administrators and faculty in cultural, academic, and research exchanges. He also delivered lectures highlighting current trends in hospitality and tourism to undergraduate and graduate students. Overseas Masters selected by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission come from a wide variety of disciplines and contribute to universities in Shanghai in many capacities. The program has been in place for several years and Dr. Zhao is honored to be recognized as one of the best and brightest in the field. "Recognition as the Overseas Master is a great honor for me," Dr. Zhao said. "I will definitely continue my effort in building a bridge between U.S. and China's higher education programs, as well as to contribute to the global hospitality and tourism education." In addition to his role as professor, Dr. Zhao also serves as director of graduate programs and director of development in Asia and the Pacific at the Chaplin School.