New Fellows 2019

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism (The Academy), I am pleased to announce the results of this year's election of new Fellows.

Please welcome and congratulate:

Aliza Fleischer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Aliza Fleischer is a Full Professor and Vice Dean of International Affairs; Head, the International School of Agricultural Sciences at The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prof. Fleischer received her Ph.D. at the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. Her main research interests are economic analysis and decision making in tourism markets' mainly rural tourism and online tourism markets - by applying advanced econometric methods, ecosystem services assessment and economic impacts of climate change.
She has over 60 academic publications in tourism and economics journals and in several books. She won over 20 competitive grants as a principle investigator.

Alan Fyall, University of Central Florida

Dr. Alan Fyall is Associate Dean Academic Affairs and Visit Orlando Endowed Chair of Tourism Marketing at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida. He has published widely in the areas of tourism and destination marketing and management including 22 books. Dr. Fyall has conducted numerous consulting and applied research projects for clients in the UK, European Union, Africa, the Caribbean, USA and South East Asia. Alan currently teaches International Tourism Management and Destination Marketing & Management and to date has examined 31 PhDs in the UK, India, France, South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong and Malaysia. He is Co-editor of Elsevier’s Journal of Destination Marketing & Management and sits on the editorial boards of many leading journals. His current research interests relate to coastal tourism and destination resilience in Florida and the Caribbean.

Heather Gibson, University of Florida

Heather Gibson’s research interests include sport tourism (specializing in sport events and active sport tourism), leisure and tourism behaviour in mid and later life, women as tourists, and perceived risk in tourism. She is originally from the UK graduating from the University of Brighton and then the University of Connecticut in the US. She has published across the fields of leisure, tourism and sport where she sits at the intersection of these fields working largely from a sociological perspective. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences and the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars at the University of Florida. She is currently Chief Managing Editor for Leisure Studies, an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sport & Tourism and the Annals of Tourism Research, an Editorial Board member for the World Leisure Journal, the Journal of Sport Management, and the Journal of Policy Research in Leisure, Tourism and Events.

Juergen Gnoth, University of Otago

Born in Germany, Juergen Gnoth grew up to become a Grammar School teacher in English and pedagogics, only to be married away to his New Zealand wife whom he followed, ending up gaining his PhD at Otago University, and a job there he loves. Together Kate and Juergen have two grown-up sons.

Ulrike Gretzel, University of Southern California

Dr. Ulrike Gretzel is a Senior Fellow at the Center of Public Relations, University of Southern California and serves as the Director of Research at Netnografica, a market research company that extracts qualitative insights from online conversations. She received her Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004. Her research focuses on the impact of technology on human experiences and the structure of technology-mediated communication. She studies social media marketing and destination marketing, influencer marketing and the emerging reputation economy. She has also researched the design of intelligent systems in tourism, smart tourism development, technology adoption and non-adoption in tourism organizations, tourism in technological dead zones, and the quest for digital detox experiences.

Tazim Jamal, Texas A&M University

Tazim Jamal is a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University, Texas, USA. Her primary research areas are sustainable tourism, collaborative tourism planning, and cultural heritage management. She is also interested in methodological issues in tourism research, particularly critical and interpretive research, where the goal is situated critical praxis. She teaches undergraduate (writing intensive) and graduate courses in tourism impacts, international tourism and heritage tourism. Among other publications, she is the author of Justice and Ethics in Tourism (Routledge, 2019), co-editor of The SAGE Handbook of Tourism Studies (2009) and an Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Tourism, 2nd ed. She is on the editorial board of nine peer-reviewed journals.

SooCheong (Shawn) Jang, Purdue University

Dr. SooCheong (Shawn) Jang is Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Purdue University, USA. Dr. Jang’s research interests have been in business strategy management based on financial information and consumer behaviors. In recognition of the importance of his research, Dr. Jang has received numerous accolades during the course of his academic career. For example, he was recognized as the top-ranked author in HTM academia in terms of publications in the top six HTM journals during the past decade (Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research (2011), 35(3)). In addition, Dr. Jang was a recipient of the W. Bradford Wiley Memorial Best Research Paper of the Year Award 2009, Martin Oppermann Memorial Award for the JTTM Best Article of the Year 2014, and Michael D. Olsen Research Achievement Award 2015. Dr. Jang is currently serving as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee for APTA (Asia Pacific Tourism Association).

Scott McCabe, Nottingham University

Scott McCabe has worked at Nottingham University Business School for thirteen years, starting as a Lecturer and obtaining his full Professorship in 2015. Prior to that Scott worked at Sheffield Hallam, Leeds Beckett and Derby Universities in departments of Tourism. Scott’s research has focused on tourist experience, and consumer behaviour, marketing communications from a sociology and social psychology perspective. He is interested in socio-linguistics and identification through tourism. However, the majority of his work in the last fifteen years has been on Social Tourism, promoting equality of access and opportunity to tourism for all in society. His research with UK and EU collaborators has impacted on policy and practice of social tourism and has been widely cited.

Nigel Morgan, University of Surrey

Professor Nigel Morgan is Head of Surrey University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, having held professorial titles in universities in the UK and Europe. He has senior management and governance experience on executive and advisory boards in universities, charities and government. Nigel served on the Visit Wales Ministerial Advisory Board, is former Chair of the Mission Art Gallery (Swansea) and currently sits on the Welsh Government Industrial Development Advisory Board. Prior to moving into education, Nigel worked in Sport Wales and in tourism marketing and PR in Welsh local government.
Nigel is an expert in place development and in the wellbeing benefits of tourism. His research funders include the ESRC, EU, Leverhulme, British Academy, the Norwegian Research Council, the BBC and UEFA and he has advised several local and national governments. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Chartered Management Institute and the Tourism Society.

Youcheng Wang, University of Central Florida

Dr. Youcheng Wang is the Dean and Preeminent Chair Professor in Destination Marketing at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at University of Central Florida. His research and consulting interest focuses on hospitality marketing and management, destination marketing and management, customer relationship management, information search behavior, collaborative strategies, and technology management. He is the author of four books and more than 150 scientific publications. He is the co-editor of Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, and is on the Editorial Board of multiple international academic journals in the domain of hospitality and tourism marketing and management. Dr. Wang has received numerous national and international awards for his excellence in and contribution to research. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and industry forums.

Honggang Xu, Sun Yat-sen University

Honggang Xu is trained in geography and urban planning in Peking University, China and Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. She joined Sun Yat-sen University in 2000 and is the co-founder of School of Tourism Management in 2004. Honggang’s research contributes to the development and extension of theoretical frameworks of nature and tourism while underpinning the sustainability debates in particular on sustainable tourism. Honggang has been teaching and supervising undergraduate, master’s students and PhD students. Honggang has been making efforts to link her research with the industries and bringing the knowledge to the tourism sectors and local communities. She has been supervising the sustainable tourism monitoring of three world heritage sites: Mount Huangshan, Xidi Village and Hongcun Village since 2012. She obtained Young Scientist Award by Chinese Geographic Society in 2005 and Roy Wolfe Award by American Association of Geographers’ Tourism, Recreation and Sport Committee in 2016.

The International Academy for the Study of Tourism (The Academy) was established to further the scholarly research and professional investigation of tourism. The Academy membership consists of highly accomplished tourism researchers from throughout the world with many disciplinary backgrounds. Fellows of the Academy are elected to membership on the basis of their scholarly achievements and contributions to our understanding of tourism. Details of the new Fellows will be available on the website ( shortly.

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