Piyavan Sukalakamala


JWU Faculty Since 2008

Professor Piyavan Sukalakamala

Contact Info


Professor Piyavan Sukalakamala is the first Charlotte faculty member to receive Fulbright Specialist Scholar. Sukalakamala organized the first Johnson & Wales student representation at hospitality venues for The Masters and US Open golf tournaments, and created Study Abroad to Thailand. She has published research and served as a reviewer in many scholarly journals.


  • Ph.D., Hospitality Administration, Texas Tech University
  • M.S., Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management, Texas Tech University
  • B.I.D., Interior Design, Texas Tech University

It is my professional goal to combine my academic and industry experience in developing instructional strategies, research projects, and outreach activities in contributing to the hospitality discipline and in preparing tomorrow’s industry leaders.


  • FSM4880 Beverage Operations Management
  • FSM4061 Advanced Food Service Operations Management
  • FSM4160 Food and Beverage Strategies and Logistics
  • FSM30630 Front of the House Operations Management
  • HOSP2260 Exploring the Private Club Industry

Professional Affiliations

The Club Management Association of America (CMAA)
International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE)


Honors And Awards

  • Faculty Advisor of the Year Awards (2010-11, 2012-13 and 2017-2018)
  • Teacher of the Year Award (2013-14)
  • Fulbright Scholar - Specialist Program (2013)

Q&A with Piyavan

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 Is Your Favorite Teaching Moment?

To see my students grow personally and professionally. Being a part of their accomplishments make me proud.

What College Do You Teach In?

College of Hospitality Management