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Joseph (Mick) La Lopa, PhD

Research Interests

Research is focused on the application of quality management theories/techniques in hospitality/tourism businesses and curricula.

Biography

Dr. Joseph "Mick" La Lopa has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Hospitality and Management since 1996.Mick has a passion for teaching. He was the recipient of every major teaching award that can be bestowed to faculty members at the department, school, and university level in his first four years at Purdue. He was the 2003 recipient of the John Wiley & Sons Innovative Teacher of the Year awarded by the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Educators. Mick has shared his passion for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) with other educators by publishing papers, making presentations, conducting workshops, and providing direct consultation to Purdue faculty through the Center for Instructional Excellence, the Teaching Academy,and the Teaching for Tomorrow Program. He is also on the board of consulting editors and writes the research corner forthe Journal of Culinary Science and Technology. He recently formed the Foodservice Educators Learning Community (FELC) to provide culinary arts and hospitality educators with a venue to enhance the quality of their teaching.

He is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Paula, and blessed with three gifted daughters and one son.

Education

  • AAS, Richland Community College, Texas (Psychology)
  • BA, University of North Texas State (Psychology, cum laude)
  • MS, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York (Hospitality Management)
  • PhD, Michigan State University (Park, Recreation, and Tourism Resources)

Courses Taught (past three years)

  • HTM 10000 (Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management)
  • HTM 31200 (Human Resource Management)
  • HTM 33100 (Hospitality and Tourism Sales and Service)

Honors and Awards

  • 2008,Inducted into Purdue's Great Book of Teachers
  • 2007,The Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, Chris Ladisch, again names Professor Mick La Lopa to be the Senior Faculty Member for the Teaching for Tomorrow program, which included a $5,000 professional development grant.
  • 2006,The Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, Chris Ladisch, named Professor Mick La Lopa to be the Senior Faculty Member for the Teaching for Tomorrow program, which included a $5,000 professional development grant.
  • 2006, Recognized as an outstanding professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Purdue University by the Purdue Panhellenic Association & Kappa Alpha Theta.
  • 2005, Inducted as Honorary Member of Alpha Lambda Delta Phi Eta Sigma in recognition of outstanding performance and dedication to Purdue University.
  • 2005, Nominee. The 2005 Outstanding Advisor of the Year in recognition of being nominated by HSMA students as an outstanding advisor.
  • 2005, I was granted a courtesy appointment in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, in the School of Education, to work with faculty and students. This is a great honor and opportunity given I teach in the HTM department.
  • 2005, Service Learning Faculty Fellow. This award was given to five Purdue faculty for 2005 to help spread the use of Service Learning here on campus. This is a great honor as only 15 will be selected in a three year period to get the award.
  • 2003, John Wiley & Sons Award for Innovation in Teaching. The award recognizes an International CHRIE member for the individual's implementation of innovative, creative, and effective teaching techniques in hospitality education at the high school, diploma, and college or university level.
  • 2000, Inducted into the Teaching Academy as a Fellow.
  • 2000, Recipient. Charles B. Murphy University Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award.
  • 1999, Recipient. Teaching for Tomorrow Award. The award was established to foster continued excellence for teaching and learning at Purdue and to facilitate the development of the teaching potential of the faculty.
  • 1999, Nominee. Charles B. Murphy University Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award.
  • 1999, Recipient. Mary L. Matthews Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in the School of Consumer and Family Sciences. The award is presented annually to an outstanding teacher who has been selected by its student body for excellence in teaching.
  • 1998, Recipient. Lazarus Undergraduate Teaching Award in the RHIT Department. The award recognizes quality teaching and commitment to undergraduate students.
  • 1997, Recipient. Lazarus Undergraduate Teaching Award in the RHIT Department. The award recognizes quality teaching and commitment to undergraduate students.
  • 1997, Recipient. The Big Apple Award is given to faculty members by Purdue's Panhellenic Association for having had a positive impact on sorority members through outstanding dedication to teaching.

Recent Publications

Referred Publications, 2000 - Present

  • Chen JT, La Lopa JM, Dang DK. (2008). Innovations in Teaching: Impact of Patient Empathy Modeling on Pharmacy Students Caring for the Underserved. American Journal of Pharmacy Education, 72(2), Article 40.
  • Broussard, S., La Lopa, J. M. & Ross-Davis, A. (2007). Synergistic Knowledge Development in Interdisciplinary Teams. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, 36, 129-133
  • McDonald, J. & La Lopa, J. M. (2006, Fall). Problem-Based Learning in the Science Classroom. Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) Journal, 52 (2), 6-10.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2005-2006). Using Student-Centered Assessment to Enhance Learning. Teaching Excellence: Toward the Best in the Academy, 17 (8). Published by the Professional and Organization Development Network in Higher Education's Essays on Teaching.
  • McDonald, J. & La Lopa, J. M. (2005). From Didactic Teaching to Problem-Based Learning: There Must be a Better Way. Journal of Cooperative Education, 2 (3), 169-176. Guest Editorial.
  • La Lopa, J. M. & Jacobs, J. W. (2005). The Benefits of Teaching a Course on Hospitality and Tourism
  • Sales and Service via Active Learning. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, (17, 1). 38-46.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2004, Winter). Developing a Student-Based Evaluation Tool for Authentic Assessment. In Alternative Strategies for Evaluating Student Learning. New Directions on Teaching and Learning. Number 100, 31-36.
  • Beck, J. La Lopa, J. & Hall, J. (2004). Insuring Quality Service: Training Mystery Shoppers. Journal of Human Resources for Hospitality and Tourism. 2 (2). 41-56.
  • Beck, J., La Lopa, J. M., and Hu, B. (2003). Career Anchors of Hospitality and Tourism Educators. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, 15 (3), 6-13. Published as Featured Paper
  • Ghiselli, R., La Lopa, J. M., & Bai, B. (2003). Meeting the Challenge of Making Life More Satisfying for Hospitality Managers. Hospitality Review, 20 (2), 91-103
  • Wasburn, M. H. & La Lopa, J. M. (2003). Assessing a Big Ten University's Faculty Mentoring Network Program. Planning and Development, 34 (3&4), 1-15.
  • Mauer, L. J. & La Lopa, J. M. (2003). Implementing a Total Quality Management Approach in the Design, Delivery, and Redesign of a Statistical Process Control Course. Journal of Food Science Education. 2 (3), 41-46. (available at www.ift.org/publications/jfse/)
  • La Lopa, J. M. & McDonald, J. T. (2002). Problem-Based Learning: Providing Students with the Opportunity to Solve Real-World Problems in the Safety of the Classroom. The Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education. 14, 36-41. Emerald Management Review Citation for Excellence 2003.
  • La Lopa, J. M, Woods, B., & Liu, A. (2002). The job of department chair at America's CHRIE member hospitality and tourism programs: The nature of the person and the position. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, 26, 87-104
  • Rittichainuwat. B., Beck, J. A. & La Lopa, J. M. (2001). Understanding Motivations, Inhibitors, And Facilitators Of Association Members In Attending International Conferences. Special issue of International Journal of Convention and Meeting Management, 3, 45-62.
  • Jacobs, J. M., La Lopa, J. M., & Sorgule, P. (2001). Pilot-Testing a Student-Designed Team Exam in an Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Education Course. The Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education. 13, 113-120.
  • Ghiselli, R., La Lopa, J. M., Bai, B. (2001, April). Job Satisfaction, Life Satisfaction & Turnover Intent of Food Service Managers. Cornell Quarterly, 42, 28-37. Nominee for Best Article in the Cornell Quarterly for 2001.
  • Beck, J., & La Lopa, J. M. (2001). An Application of Schein's Career Anchors Inventory to Hotel Executive Operating Committee Members. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 20, 15-28.
  • La Lopa, J. M., Kavanaugh, R., & Ghiselli, R. (2000). The Impact on Turnover Rates When Offering Benefits to Part-Time Employees at Indiana's Quick Service Hamburger Chain Restaurants. Foodservice Research International, 12, 263-276.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2000). Shuffling Deck Chairs on the Titanic: A Rebuttal to the Article on Extra Credit Extra Learning. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, 12, 8-9.
  • La Lopa, J. M., and Marecki, R. F. (2000). Using General Systems Theory to Continuously Improve a Commute to Work. Journal of Quality Progress, 33, 59-64.
  • Lloyd, J., La Lopa, J. M., and Braunlich, C. (2000). Predicting Changes in Hong Kong's Hotel Industry Given the Change in Sovereignty from Britain to China in 1997. Journal of Travel Research, 38, 405-410.
  • Chen, K. C., and La Lopa, J. M. (1999). Conventions and Exhibitions Development in Thailand. Journal of Convention & Exhibition Management, 2, 1-13.
  • La Lopa, J. M., Jacobs, J. W., and Countryman, C. (1999). The Effects of Student Teams on Quiz Score Performance Given a Performance-Based Incentive Package. The Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, 11, 25-30.
  • La Lopa, J. M., and Marecki, R.F. (1999). The Critical Role of Quality in the Tourism System. Journal of Quality Progress, 32, 37-41.
  • La Lopa, J. M., Jacobs, Jr., J.W., and Hu, C. (1999). Evolving Learning Environments: Another Team-Based Example. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, 10, 30-37.
  • Jacobs, J.W., and La Lopa, J.M. (1998). Teaching: Past, Present, and Future. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, 10, 4-5.
  • La Lopa, J.M., and Jacobs, J.W. (1998). Utilizing Student Teams to Facilitate an Introductory Tourism Course in Higher Education. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, 10, 26-31.
  • La Lopa, J.M., Chen, K.C., and Nelson, K. (1998). Economic Impact of the 1996 Oldsmobile Classic Golf Tournament in the Greater Lansing Area. Journal of Vacation Marketing, 4, 175-185.
  • La Lopa, J.M. (1997). The Prediction of Organizational Commitment and Turnover in Resort Jobs. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, 21, 11-26.
  • La Lopa, J.M. (1996). The Reality of the Third Wave Concept in Michigan's Business Community. Futures Research Quarterly, 12, 85-94.
  • La Lopa, J.M., and Holecek, D.F. (1996). A Community-Based Service Quality Training Program. The Journal for Quality and Participation, 19, 42-48.

Non-Referred Publications, 2000-Present

  • La Lopa, J. M. (2008, Spring). Going Green in the Foodservice Industry and Culinary Classroom. Chef Educator Today, 9 (1), 18.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2008, Spring). Teach for Tomorrow: A Profile of a Faculty Learning Community. Chef Educator Today, 9 (1), 12-14.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2007, Autumn). 2007 Survey of Post Secondary Culinary Programs. Chef Educator Today, 8 (3), 10 13.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2007, Autumn). Getting the Most Out of Reading Assignments. Chef Educator Today, 8 (3), 14 17.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2006, Winter). Controlling Restaurant Labor Costs: There is More to it Than Raising Menu Prices or Cutting Staff. Chef Educator Today, 7 (4), 22 23.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2006, Autumn). The 2006 Culinary National Survey of Post-Secondary American Culinary Programs. Chef Educator Today, 7 (3), 12 14.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2006, Autumn). Teaching Students Survey Research: A Case Study Based on Conducting A National Survey of Post-Secondary Culinary Programs. Chef Educator Today, 7 (3), 15 16.
  • La Lopa, J. M. & Broussard, S. (2006, Summer). Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning: Best practices for developing and implementing a rich and rewarding learning experience for students and teachers. Chef Educator Today, 7 (2), 28, 31.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2006, Spring). Lecturing the Do's and Don'ts: Making Effective Use of the Lecture Method in the Culinary Classroom. Chef Educator Today, 7 (1), 26-27.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2005, Winter). Pork 201: Teaching Students to Identify and Prepare Underutilized Cuts of Pork. Chef Educator Today, 6 (4), 22-23.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2005, Winter). Writing Across the Curriculum: Teaching Students to Develop Their Higher Order Thinking Skills Through Writing. Chef Educator Today, 6 (4), 24-25.
  • La Lopa, J. M., Xie, T., Cornwell, K., Sleeman, K., & Halterman, S. (2005, Autumn). Culinary Programs Answer the Call: The 2005 National Survey of American Culinary Programs. Chef Educator Today, 6 (3), 23-25.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2005, Summer). Soy La Vie: Thoughts on Thinking Soybeans. Chef Educator Today, 6 (2), 26-27.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2005, Spring). Back of the House Ethics: Students Must be Taught Not to Give into the Unethical Behavior They May See or be Asked to do During Internships or Their Careers. Chef Educator Today, 6 (1), 25-27.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2005, Spring). Student Thinking Styles: The Key to Teaching Culinary Math to Students. Chef Educator Today, 6 (1), 28-29.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2004, Winter). An Efficient and Effective Way to Teach Pork. Chef Educator Today, 5 (4), 26-27.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2004, Winter). The Fibonacci Sequence: Could it Crack the Mathematical Code of Plate Presentation? Chef Educator Today, 5 (4), 28-30.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2004, Autumn). Getting the Most Out of Service Learning. Chef Educator Today, 5 (3), 25-28.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2004, Autumn). Good Cake vs. Bad Cake: What Happened to the Cake? Chef Educator Today, 5 (3), 22-24.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2004, Summer). Assessing Student Ability on Restaurant Inspection Code. Chef Educator Today, 5 (2), 36-37.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2004, Spring). The Evolving Garnish: Use Bloom's Taxonomy to Teach Students a Deeper Understanding of Garnish. Chef Educator Today, 5 (1), 34-35.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2004, Spring). Techniques for Getting and Using Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching. Chef Educator Today, 5 (1), 36-38.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2002, Autumn). A Matter of Taste: Some Thoughts on Taste and How to Teach It. Chef Educator Today, 3 (3), 34-37.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2002, Autumn). Wining and Dining: A Lesson Plan on Teaching Students How to Increase Wine Sales. Chef Educator Today, 3 (3), 38-39.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2002, Summer). Attention All Students: Opening a Window of Opportunity with Students by Adjusting Your Teaching Methods to Accommodate Their Different Learning Styles. Chef Educator Today, 3 (2), 34-37.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2002, Summer). Learning Edible Oils: A Lesson Plan on Identifying and Applying Edible Oils. Chef Educator Today, 3 (2), 38-39.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2002, Spring). Teaching Critical Thinking to Students. Chef Educator Today, 3 (1), 36-39.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2002, Spring). The Soybean: Undeniably the Most Versatile Food on the Planet. Chef Educator Today, 3 (1), 40-41.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2002, Winter). Preparing Culinary Students for Team-Based Learning. Chef Educator Today, 2 (4), 29-33.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2002, Winter). Restaurant Food Safety: You are the Health Inspector. Chef Educator Today, 2 (4), 34-35.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2001). Guest editorial: Food for thought on management turnover in the hospitality industry. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 13, 11-13.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2001, Fall). PBLA: A Better Way to Prepare the Next Generation of Chefs. Chef Educator Today, 2 (3), 28-33.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2001, Fall). Sunny Side Up Please: A Lesson Plan on Frying an Egg Perfectly. Chef Educator Today, 2 (3), 36-37.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2001, Summer). Chef Educators' Primer Using the Internet. Chef Educator Today, 2 (2), 38-39.
  • La Lopa, J. (2001, February). Thoughts About Schools that Learn. Systems Thinker, p.8.
  • La Lopa, J. (2001, Spring). How Sweet It Is: Preparing Students for Confectionary Competition. Chef Educator Today, 2 (1), 34-37.
  • La Lopa, J. M. & Countryman, C. (2000, August). Evaluating Student Team Performance in the Classroom or Kitchen. Chef Educator Today, 1 (2) 32-36.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2000, April). The Industry Challenge. Network News, 3-4.
  • La Lopa, J. M. (2000, March). Pilot Testing an Innovative Student Assessment System. Network News, 4-5.
  • Smith, A., & La Lopa, J.M. (2000, February). Teaching Students to Think: How Problem-Based Learning is Revolutionizing the Classroom. Chef Educator Today, 1, (1) 25-27.

Selected Grants and Projects

  • “Market and Feasibility Study for the Proposed Limited Service Hotel and Casual Restaurant for Bedford, IN.” ($13,558). April 2004. Co-investigator with Sheryl Kline
  • “Identifying The Underlying Aspects Of Jobs And The Qualities of Managers That Foster Job Satisfaction For Food Service Managers: A Qualitative Study” ($10,000). Co-Investigator with Richard Ghiselli, project due August, 2002.
  • “Boone County Tourism Market Study.” The grant was funded by the Boone County Tourism Council to promote economic growth by developing a tourism industry ($5,000.00). November, 1999. Principal Investigator - Joseph M. La Lopa.
  • “Job Satisfaction and Intent to Turnover by Food Service Managers.” The grant was funded by the Faculty Fellowship Program Sponsored by Consolidated Products ($10,000). April, 1999. Co-Investigator with Richard Ghiselli.
  • “Wage and Benefit Survey of Quick Service Restaurants in Indiana and Northern Kentucky." McDonald's Corporation. ($6,135.00) May, 1998. Principal Investigator Joseph M. La Lopa
  • “Market Study of Village Marketplace Concept in Elkhardt Indiana.” M&T Development Group. June 1998 ($9,524.00). Principal Investigator Joseph M. La Lopa.
  • “Exit Interview Study for Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department”. City of Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department. ($2,000) November, 1997. Principal Investigator - Dave Klenosky
  • Development of a training course module for the prevention of underage gambling. American Gaming Association. ($10,000) January, 1997. Principal Investigator - Carl Braunlich
  • Conversion study of direct-response advertising 1996. Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau. ($4,500) February, 1997. Principal Investigator - Alastair Morrison.

Professional Affiliations

  • 1996-present, American Society for Quality
  • 1996-present, International, Society of Travel and Tourism Educators
  • 1989-present, Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education
  • 2002-present, Education Editor for Chef Educator Today
  • 2003-Board of Consulting Editors for the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education

Professional Service

  • Reviewed refereed papers for the Professional Organizational Development Network's annual publication entitled To Improve the Academy. January 2008
  • Reviewed refereed papers for the Professional Organizational Development Network's annual publication entitled To Improve the Academy. January 2007
  • Reviewed refereed papers for the Professional Organizational Development Network's annual publication entitled To Improve the Academy. January 2006
  • Book Review Editor and Editorial Consultant for the journal I helped create here at Purdue with co-editors Alexis Macklin and Peg Ertmer. The journal is the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning and is published here at Purdue. Starting fall, 2005.
  • Reviewed refereed papers for the Professional Organizational Development Network's annual publication entitled To Improve the Academy. January 2005
  • Editor for the International Conference on Hospitality and Tourism Education's 2005 grad conference. I was responsible for double-blind review of all the foodservice submissions. October 2004 to December 2005.
  • Research Editor and Editorial Board Member for the brand Journal of Culinary Science & Technology starting fall 2005. The quarterly publication will also include a section written by me that summarizes research on foodservice and teaching that may be of interest to culinarians and chefs. Starting 2005.
  • Consulting Editor for the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education spring 2003 to fall 2005.
  • Reviewed refereed paper submissions for International Council of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Educators (CHRIE) International Conference 2001, held in Toronto, Canada, July 25-28, 2001.
  • Reviewed refereed paper submissions for International Council of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Educators (CHRIE) International Conference 2003, held in Palm Springs, CA, July 25-28, 2001.
  • Reviewed refereed paper submissions for International Council of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Educators (CHRIE) International Conference 2001, held in Toronto, Canada, July 25-28, 2001.
  • Reviewed abstract proposals for Sixth Annual Graduate Education and Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism, to be held January 4-6, 2001.
  • Reviewed refereed paper submissions for the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Educators (CHRIE) International Conference 2000, held in New Orleans, July 19-23, 2000.
  • Reviewer for manuscripts submitted to Journal of Tourism Management. July 2000 to present.
  • Reviewed submissions for the first-ever poster sessions on Problem-Based Learning at Purdue University. Sponsored by the PBL Group. April, 2000
  • Reviewed abstracts for the 1999 Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) Workshop's Poster Session. February, 1999.
  • Reviewed first draft of the Certified Travel Professional's textbook manuscript for the National Tour Association. September, 1996.