A. Scott Rood

Assistant Chair and Assistant Professor
Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management


208C DeVos Center
Grand Valley State University
 401 W. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI  49504

 TEL:  (616) 331-8712
 FAX:  (616) 331-3115


M.P.A in Public Administration, Central Michigan University
B.S. in Political Science and American Studies, University of Michigan

A. Scott Rood is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Department Chair in Grand Valley State University's Hospitality and Tourism Management program.  He joined GVSU in 2005, after having been an adjunct instructor at three institutions.  He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and an MPA from Central Michigan University, and took additional M.Div. and Ph.D. graduate coursework.


Professor Rood mentors students in the areas of Adventure Tourism and Commercial Recreation and Tourism.

HTM 213 - Introduction to Food and Beverage Management
HTM 235 - Tourism and Commercial Recreational Systems
HTM 452 - Hospitality Marketing
HTM 495 - Hospitality Management (Capstone)


Scott has entrepreneurial experience in many facets of the industry.  He worked as General Manager, Operating Partner and Area Manager in the commercial recreation sector.  He has owned and managed various Big Apple Bagels cafe locations.  Scott has experience in the regulatory side of the industry serving on the State of Michigan's Carnival and Amusement Safety Board; and experience with destination marketing organizations, as Vice President of the Grand Haven Visitor's Bureau.


Scott has been the author or co-author of eight published peer-reviewed primary research manuscripts since 2010.  His research interests include quality management, hospitality cultural comparisons, compensation analysis, and generational diversity in the workplace.


  • Elected to the Board of Directors, Resort and Commercial Recreation Association: (positions include Member At Large, Secretary, President-Elect, President and currently, Past-President).

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