Candidates for Directors-at-Large.
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Name: LIU TangAffiliation: Shanghai Institute of TourismPosition title: Director of Department of Tourism ManagementAreas of expertise: Tourism EducationYears of academic experience: 27 yearsYears of ISTTE membership (either past and/or current): 3 yearsYears of industry experience: 4 years
Why would you like to join the ISTTE BoardI'm interested in joining the ISTTE Board to contribute my unique blend of skills and experience in technology and education. My aim is to foster collaboration, advance pedagogical strategies, and promote digital transformation within the Chinese education sector. I believe my insights into emerging tech trends could drive innovative solutions, improving educational outcomes and bridging digital divides, thus furthering the board's mission and vision.Platform Statement
In my role as the ISTTE China Liaison Office head, I've facilitated cross-cultural collaboration and understanding, fostering a vibrant learning community. By serving on the Board of Directors-at-large, I can leverage this experience to strengthen ISTTE's China’s as well as global impact. I bring knowledge of the Chinese education-technology landscape, which can inform strategic planning and foster international partnerships. My experience in managing complex projects and fostering stakeholder relationships will contribute to ISTTE's mission of improving educational technology use worldwide. Moreover, my commitment to educational equality aligns with ISTTE's goals, and I'm excited to contribute to a future where every learner, regardless of location, can access high-quality tech-enabled education.
Name: Michael ScantleburyAffiliation: Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Grand Valley State UniversityPosition title: Associate Professor
Why would you like to join the ISTTE Board
Not only is the nature of tourism changing but the method of instruction is also changing. In the post Covid-19 era, student-instructor relations are changing as are guest-staff relationships. As an Afro-Caribbean US citizen, teaching in a predominantly white educational institution, I bring a unique understanding and perspective to the board of the ISTTE, a perspective which I believe is needed at this time in the history of the organization. Minority engagement is important if the ISTTE is to reflect the interest of its stakeholders and potential stakeholders. I can help in shaping our future.Platform StatementThrough my understanding of the interest of the stakeholders informed by my unique perspective, and with my skills in strategic planning and experience in project implementation I believe that I will make a valuable contribution to the ISTTE and its future. BioDr. Scantlebury is an Associate Professor in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Prior to joining Grand Valley State University, he was on the faculty of the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida. Previously he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Applied Human Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and was a seasonal lecturer at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.Dr. Scantlebury has worked in travel and tourism since 1985. His career began as a research officer for the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA). Throughout his career he also served that organization as a marketing manager and relocated to New York City as manager of US Operations. His last position with the BTA was as Vice President of Marketing and Sales. At other times in his career, he was a consultant with Ernst & Young and managed the regional tourism consulting practice for Coopers & Lybrand (Caribbean) Consultants Inc. He has extensive tourism consulting experience in the Caribbean and has also conducted assignments in Ontario, Canada.
Name: Benjamin Joseph AltschulerAffiliation: Temple University School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality ManagementPosition title: Associate Professor of PracticesAreas of expertise: Cultural Intelligence, Tourism, Educational Design, Cross-cultural studiesYears of academic experience: 10 yearsYears of ISTTE membership (either past and/or current): 6Years of industry experience: 8 yearsWhy would you like to join the ISTTE Board?
Since starting my graduate studies in 2008, I have had a passion for both tourism and travel, as well as the education surrounding these two areas. I strongly agree with ISTTE’s mission statement on the need to respond to the complex issues facing the tourism industry. As someone with a strong background in both tourism and tourism education, joining the board of ISTTE will allow me to help further the cause of updating tourism education. I am also excited to join this board as it represents people from around the world with an array of expertise and qualifications.
How would you be able to contribute to the progression of ISTTE ?A key area of the ISTTE mission statement that resonates with me is increasing the pool of trained professionals across all industry segments. A key area that I can contribute towards this goal is bringing my expertise in cultural intelligence. As the tourism industry grows and becomes more international, development of cultural intelligence from both an academic and practical perspectives are essential to the growing tourism workforce. I have developed courses on this topic at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Bringing this skillset to ISTTE will help the progression of ISTTE from both the academic and professional standpoints.