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Allison Adams Faculty Spotlight

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Educational Background: 
B.S. in Business Administration, Central Michigan University; M.B.A., Central Michigan University

What do you like most about teaching at Grand Valley? 
I like the interaction with the students and the focus on teaching and working with the students in the classroom.

What is your favorite class to teach? 
International Food and Culture. It is a general education class and I like having students from different majors in it. It is fun to talk about different cultures and food from different parts of the world.

What do students like best about your class? 
The examples I use. I am big on examples. I say, "When I worked here I did this" or "A friend who worked there did that." I always get good comments on my use of examples.

How do you contribute to the success of your students? 
I expect good work out of them. I try very hard not to adjust the class down to what they want it to be, but to bring the students up to the next level. I try to help them understand that while we teach best practices, it's not always practical to follow them in the real world.

What advice would you give to prospective students? 
One of the things that is important for students to understand is that when they come to college the focus changes from people telling them what to do to the student asking for help or seeking out opportunities outside of the classroom. No one is going to force a student to do that so they have to take advantage of that opportunity on their own.

What is the most rewarding aspect about teaching at Grand Valley? 
The opportunity to do different things. I have solitary work, I have work that is very interactive, I have administration opportunities, I get to work with students in the classroom and one-on-one. There are a lot of opportunities at the school that you can take advantage of.


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