Kakyom Kim


JWU Faculty Since 2007

Professor Kakyom Kim

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Since 2007, Kakyom Kim has worked as a full-time faculty member at JWU Charlotte’s College of Hospitality Management.

Kim received his master’s degree from the Department of Hotel and Restaurant Management at Eastern Michigan University in 2001 and his doctoral degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Resources from Michigan State University in 2006.

Dr. Kim’s research interests are festival/event management, hospitality and tourism marketing, destination development, and consumer behaviors in festivals and events. His career background includes restaurants, cafeterias, dining facilities, catering, and the Winter Olympic Games.

Dr. Kim's teaching philosophy is “maximizing student satisfaction” by providing supportive class materials, creating practical discussions, and delivering industry-associated experiences in order to achieve course objectives and outcomes. Kim constantly makes an effort to improve his teaching skills to maximize his students’ learning and available opportunities.


  • Ph.D., Parks, Recreation, Tourism & Sport Management, Michigan State University
  • M.S., Hotel & Restaurant Management, Eastern Michigan University
  • B.A., English Language Literature, Kongju National University, Korea

My teaching philosophy is ‘maximizing student satisfaction’ by providing supportive class materials, creating practical discussions, and delivering industry-associated experiences.

Scholarly Interests

Festival and Event Management
Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
Destination Development
Consumer Behaviors in Festivals and Events


  • HOSP2040 Human Resources Management in Service Organizations
  • TRVL3010 Dynamics of Tourism and Sustainability
  • HOSP3085 International Hotel Operations, Development and Management
  • SEE4060 Sports/Entertainment/Event Management Seminar
  • COHM4799 College of Hospitality Management Internship

Q&A with Kakyom

At JWU, education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom. You’re not going to spend four years with your nose buried in a book, learning theories you may never get a chance to apply — you’re going to get out there and apply them, be it through internships, group projects, leadership opportunities, competitions and more.

What Advice Do You Have For Incoming Freshmen?

Get help from your friends and advisor and participate in university and community events.

What College Do You Teach In?

College of Hospitality Management