Iowa State is ranked 15th among world's top 100 hospitality and tourism programs

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University's hotel, restaurant and institution management (HRIM) program is 15th among the world's top 100 hospitality and tourism programs, according to a new ranking by the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research.

The recognition is based on Iowa State faculty members' scholarly contributions to 11 refereed hospitality and tourism journals over a five-year period (2002-06). The Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research is the professional journal of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education. The ranking was published in the journal's November 2009 issue.

Iowa State's HRIM program was the only Iowa program to make the world's top 100 list, and it ranks 12th among American institutions.

Four University of Central Florida researchers (Denver E. Severt, Dana V. Tesone, Timothy J. Bottorff and Monica L. Carpenter) conducted the scholarly analysis for the ranking. They found 36 citations by 13 Iowa State authors during the period they analyzed.

"The interesting thing about being included in this study is that we're the smallest program -- in terms of the number of faculty (seven in HRIM) -- and yet we're producing enough research to make that top ranking," said Robert Bosselman, professor and chair of Iowa State's Department of Apparel, Educational Studies, and Hospitality Management, which includes the HRIM program. "A number of the schools ranked above us have 50 or more faculty members. The fact that Iowa State is included in this list is truly a result of the hard work of the faculty and shows how we're committed to scholarly pursuit."

Iowa State's hotel, restaurant, and institution management program has a mission to develop leaders in practice, education and research for the foodservice and lodging industries.