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Timothy Self

Assistant Professor

Leadership and Organizational Administration


  • Ph.D. Hospitality & Tourism Management, Purdue University, 2017
  • M.S. Human Environmental Sciences, University of Alabama,  May 2013
    Specialization in Restaurant and Hospitality Management
  • B.A. International Relations, California State University, Chico, May 2004

Tim Self is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Hospitality Administration Program at Austin Peay State University. Prior to joining APSU, Dr. Self was an Assistant Professor at UNLV in their Hospitality College for three years. Dr. Self earned his Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University, his Master's from University of Alabama and his Bachelor's from California State University, Chico. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Self was a recruiter in Atlanta, GA where he worked with Fortune 500 companies and he also worked in restaurants and hotels, including as front office manager at Radisson Hotels in Shanghai, China. Dr. Self's primary research areas are in employee attraction and retention in the hospitality industry. He has published in the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, The Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research, The International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, International Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Administration, Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism, and Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education.  He is an active member of the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE). Dr. Self is also a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) designated by the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

  • Job embeddedness
  • Employee attraction, selection, and retention
  • Experiential learning