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Tim Self

Timothy Self

Assistant Professor

Management and Marketing


  • 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

Dr. Tim Self serves as an Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management at Austin Peay State University. Prior to his tenure at APSU, he held a similar role at The William F. Harrah College of Hospitality, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Self's academic journey includes a Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University, a Master's degree from the University of Alabama, and a Bachelor's degree from California State University, Chico.

Before venturing into academia, Dr. Self garnered extensive industry experience. He worked in recruitment in Atlanta, GA, collaborating with Fortune 500 companies, and gained hands-on experience in the hospitality sector. This includes a tenure as a front office manager at Radisson Hotels in Shanghai, China, and roles in various restaurants and hotels.

Dr. Self specializes in research focused on employee attraction and retention within the hospitality industry. His scholarly contributions are published in esteemed journals such as 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 the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education.

An active participant in the academic community, he is a member of the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE). Additionally, Dr. Self holds the distinction of being a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE), a certification awarded by the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

  • Job embeddedness
  • Employee attraction, selection, and retention
  • Experiential learning
  • Moltintas, D., Busser, J., Self, T.T., Ghosh, A. (2023) Mitigating Group-Hate in Collaborative Learning Groups: A Process-Orientation Case Study. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/10963758.2022.2056467 
  • Gordon, S., Jolly, P., Self, T.T., Shi, C. (2023) Is Subtle Toxicity Worse for Racial Ethnic Minority Employees? The Impact of Coworker Incivility on Employee Well-being. Journal of Foodservice Business Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/15378020.2021.1955612
  • Self, T.T., Book, L, Tanford, S. (2022) Factors Influencing Hospitality Students’ Job Pursuit Intentions: Employee Reviews versus Salary. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/10963758.2022.2123340
  • Self, T.T., Gordon, S., & Gosh, A. (2022). Increasing management retention: The mediating role of organizational embeddedness on coworker support and turnover intention. International Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Administration. 23(1), 107-125 https://doi.org/10.1080/15256480.2019.1708224 
  • Jolly, P., Gordon, S., Self, T.T. (2022) Family-supportive supervisor behaviors and employee turnover intention in the foodservice industry: does gender matter? International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. 34(3), 1084-1105 https://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-02-2021-0280 
  • Jolly, P., Self, T.T. (2020). Psychological Diversity Climate, Organizational Embeddedness, and Turnover Intentions: A Conservation of Resources Perspective. Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, 61(4), 416-431. https://doi.org/10.1177/1938965519899935 
  • McGinley, S., Mattila, A. S., & Self, T.T. (2020). Deciding to stay: A study in hospitality managerial grit. The Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research. 44(5), 853-869. https://doi.org/10.1177/1096348020909537 
  • Jolly, P., Self, T.T., & Gordon, S. (2020). Attracting hospitality recruits: The benefit of benefits. Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism.19 (1), 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/15332845.2020.1672243 
  • Ausar, K., Molitas, D., Self, T.T., & Shum, W. S. (2020). Leadership and Behavior Integrity in the restaurant industry: The moderating roles of gender. Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism.19 (1), 62-81. https://doi.org/10.1080/15332845.2020.1672249 
  • Self, T.T., Gordon, S., & Jolly, P. (2019). Talent management: a Delphi study of assessing and developing GenZ hospitality leaders. The International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. 31(10), 4126-4149. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-11-2018-0915
  • Self, T., & Gordon, S. (2019). The Impact of Coworker Support and Organizational Embeddedness on Turnover Intention among Restaurant Employees. Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism. 18(3), 394-423. https://doi.org/10.1080/15332845.2019.1599789
  • Self, T., & Self, J. (2017). Reality in the Classroom: Teaching Critical Thinking with Scenarios. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education, 29(4), 187-193. https://doi.org/10.1080/10963758.2017.1382367
  • Self, T., Adler, H., & Sydnor, S. (2016). An exploratory study of hospitality internships: Student perceptions of orientation and training and their plans to seek permanent employment with the company. Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism, 15(4), 485-497. https://doi.org/10.1080/15332845.2016.1148571