Matthew Samel

Professor

JWU Faculty Since 1999

Contact Info

Email
matthew.samel@jwu.edu
Phone
401-598-1296
Campus
Providence

About Matthew

Samel holds a PhD in Organization and Management with a specialization in human resources. His focus of study is in organizational culture and person-organization fit (P-O fit). Samel teaches in the College of Hospitality Management’s Center for Food & Beverage Management.
He has operational, training, and human resources work experience in a variety of industry segments including hotels, independently and corporately owned restaurant organizations, and private clubs.
Samel is an associate member of the Club Management Association of America (CMAA), Academy of Management, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and is a Certified Food Manager Professional (FMP – NRA), Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE- AHLEI), and a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR®).
In addition to teaching, he is the faculty advisor to the student CMAA chapter, where he assists students in obtaining scholarships, securing employment and internships, and attending the CMAA Student Education and World Conference on Club Management.
He has lectured internationally at the Escola Superior de Hotelaria e Tourismo in Estoril, Portugal.

Education

  • PhD, Management and Organizations (Specialization: Human Resources), Capella University
  • MBA, Johnson & Wales University
  • BS, Hospitality Management, Johnson & Wales University
  • AS, Hotel & Restaurant Management, Johnson & Wales University
  • AS, Business Administration, Hagerstown Junior College

I demand a lot of students when they’re here. Beyond graduation, students still call me and ask for my opinion, whether it’s that little nudge, that encouragement or that piece of data.

Teaching Interests

Food & Beverage Operations and Management, Human Resource Management, Private Club Management

Scholarly Interests

Organizational Culture and Person Organization Fit (P-O) in hospitality business environments.

Courses

  • Food Service Operations
  • Hotel Food and Beverage Operations Control
  • Front of the House Operations Management
  • Beverage Operations Management
  • Exploring the Private Club Industry
  • Human Resource Management
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Extra Curricular Roles

Samel is the Faculty advisor to the student Club Management Association of America (CMAA) chapter, where he assists students in obtaining scholarships, securing employment, internships, and attending the CMAA Student Education and World Conference on Club Management.
He has served as a CMAA academic committee research advisor for private club managers who seek their master club manager certification and designation.
Boris Gradina, MCM, CCE, CMAA Monograph support committee. The 23rd Master Club Manager (MCM) Monograph; New Employee Onboarding at Private Clubs 10/2018 -2/2020.
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Professional Affiliations

Club Management Association of America (CMAA)
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
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Honors And Awards

  • 20 Year Service Recognition – 2019 (JWU Faculty)
  • Recipient Club Foundation Research – Grant – June 2018: Study Title: Organizational Culture and Person-Organization Fit: Predictors of Job Satisfaction in Private Clubs
  • MVP -Most Valuable Peer Faculty Award 2018 – Teacher of the Year Nominee
  • MVP -Most Valuable Peer Faculty Award 2017 – Teacher of the Year Finalist
  • Student Involvement and Leadership Advisor of the Year Award- 2015
  • Johnson & Wales University Key Contributor Award – 2015


Q&A with Matthew

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.

How Did You Get Started?

My career and passion for hospitality began as a 15-year-old dishwasher for Sheraton Hotels in Hagerstown, MD.

What Is Your Favorite Teaching Moment?

Inside the classroom, is when students feel they walk away learning and understanding something of value they will take with them forever. Outside the classroom, my favorite moments are when students receive recognition and scholarships.

What Advice Do You Have For Incoming Freshmen?

Get involved in clubs and organization. Seek learning opportunities outside the classroom they are literally everywhere. Create relationships with industry professionals, faculty, and community leaders. Do not be afraid to ask questions, this is how one learns.

What College Do You Teach In?

The College of Hospitality Management