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Faculty and Staff

Li-Ting (Grace) Yang, Ph.D., CHE, CHIA

Title: Assistant Professor / Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
Department: School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management
E-mail: grace.yang@hrsm.sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-3334
Fax: 803-777-1224
Office:

Carolina Coliseum, Room 1022A

Li-Ting (Grace) Yang

Background

Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nev. U.S.A., 2011
M.S. University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nev. U.S.A.
B.S. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Ill., U.S.A.

Dr. Grace Yang is an assistant professor of Hospitality Finance and Accounting in the School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management at the University of South Carolina. She received her Ph.D. in Hospitality Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2011. She joined the faculty at USC in the fall of 2011. Prior to joining academia, she held executive positions in several upper upscale international hotels for more than 12 years. She has excelled at hotel pre-opening, innovation, and organizational reengineering. Because of her extensive hotel executive experience, Dr. Yang has taught a wide range of hospitality management courses in Taiwan and the U.S. for many years. Before joining USC, she was an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her major teaching areas include hospitality finance and accounting, revenue management, human resources management, hotel operations and management, and convention and event management.

Dr. Yang was awarded the title of Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) in 2009 and the Certification in Hospitality Industry Analytics (CHIA) in 2017 by the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI).

Dr. Yang’s primary research interest is hospitality finance and accounting. Her research entitled “Financial Performance and Capacity Analysis for the MICE Industry in Las Vegas and the U.S.” focuses on modeling of capacity optimization in the convention industry. Applying the Inventory Management Theory, she developed an inventory model to estimate the optimal capacity for the MICE industry. Having a great passion for developing quality research, Dr. Yang, as a lead author, has numerous research studies in progress, including publications and papers under revision in top tier refereed journals. In addition to hospitality finance and accounting, she has conducted research in human resources management and published several research papers in top tier refereed journals. Furthermore, Dr. Yang has obtained several external and internal research grants to support her research projects. In 2015, she was awarded an “International Visiting Scholar” position by the Ministry of Education, Taiwan.

Because of her expertise in finance and accounting and strong academic and industry background, Dr. Yang is able to identify and solve relevant research problems by applying advanced theories and by providing practical and managerial implications. Particularly, her connection with the hospitality industry enables her research to be more relevant and applicable to the real world. Further, Dr. Yang has developed research collaborations with international scholars which enhance her research profile.

Research

Hospitality Finance and Accounting
Revenue Management
Human Resources Management

Teaching

HRTM 260 - Hotel Management
HRTM 560 - Advanced Hotel Management
HRTM 565 - International Lodging Management

HRTM 720 - Hospitality Finance Methods
HRTM 768 - Contemporary Problems in the Hospitality Industry

Honors

  • International Visiting Scholar, National Taiwan Normal University and the Ministry of Education, Taiwan, 2015.
  • Chinese-American Academic and Professional Association in Southeastern United States (CAPASUS).

Refereed Journal Articles

Yang, Y., Cao, Y., and Yang, L. T., (2017). "Product diversification and property performance in the urban lodging market: The relationship and its moderators." Tourism Management, 59, 363-375.

Yang, L. T., and Partlow, C. (2014). "Assessing the competencies needed by hospitality management graduates in India." Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, 26(4), 153-165.

Yang, L. T., and Gu, Z. (2012). "Capacity optimization analysis for the MICE industry in Las Vegas." International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 24(2), 335-349.

Yang, Y., Cao, Y., and Yang, L. T. (under revision). "Diversification and firm productivities: A study of hotels in Beijing." International Journal of Hospitality Management.

Yang, L. T. (under revision). "Assessing financial efficiency and cost effectiveness of LEED certified hotels." International Journal of Hospitality Management.

Yang, L. T., and Raab, C. (under revision). "Investigating employees’ perceptions of sustainability management and job satisfaction in the hotel industry." Journal of Sustainable Tourism.

Yang, L. T., and Partlow, C. (under revision). "Assessing competencies for entry-level hospitality managers in India." Tourism Management.

Yang, L. T., and Liu, Y. A. (under revision). "Exploring the experience of international business travelers: Perceptions toward performance quality and experience quality." International Journal of Hospitality Management.

Research Grants

Assessing the Economic Impact of Medical Tourism on the Lodging Industry in Taiwan, $10,000. Funded by the Global Travel Management and Consultancy, Taiwan, 2017-2019. Principal Investigator.

Assessing Employee Job Satisfaction, Organizational Commitment, and Organizational Citizenship Behavior on Sustainability Management in the Hotel Industry in Taiwan, $5,000, Funded by Faculty International Research Incentives (FIRI), College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management, University of South Carolina, USA, 2013-2014. Principal Investigator.

Assessing the Competencies Needed by Hospitality Management Graduates in India, $5,000, Funded by Faculty International Research Incentives (FIRI), College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management, University of South Carolina, USA, 2012-2013. Principal Investigator.

An Initial Inquiry of Program Evaluation Framework for Tourism Higher Education in Taiwan, $36,000, Funded by the National Sciences Council, the Ministry of Education, Taiwan, R.O.C., 2009-2012.

Impacting Environmental Sustainability in the Global Hospitality Industry, $40,000, Funded by the UNLV Urban Sustainability Initiative, U.S.A., 2009-2011.

Assessing the Financial Performance for a LEED Certified Hotel, (submitted), the Faculty Seed Grants, College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management, University of South Carolina, USA, 2013-2014.

Exploring the Career Perception of Hospitality Management Students towards the Hospitality Industry in India, (submitted), the Faculty Seed Grants, College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management, University of South Carolina, USA, 2012-2013.

Capacity Efficiency and Optimization Analysis for The MICE Industry in Las Vegas, (submitted), the Harrah Hospitality Research Center Grant Award Program, U.S.A., 2010.

Book chapters

Millar, M., Brown, C., Carruthers, C., Jones, T., Kim, Y. S., Raab, C. Teeters, K., and Yang, L. T. (2012). "Chapter 9: Implementing environmental sustainability in the global hospitality, tourism, and leisure industries: Developing a comprehensive cross-disciplinary curriculum," in Johnston, L.F. (ed.) Higher Education for Sustainability: Cases, Challenges, and Opportunities from Across the Curriculum. Taylor & Francis/Routledge, UK. 122-134.

Professional certifications

  • Certification in Hospitality Industry Analytics (CHIA), American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute, U.S.A.
  • Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE), American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, U.S.A.
  • Certified Master Facilitator, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, INC, U.S.A.
  • Certified Master Trainer, Westin Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, U.S.A.
  • Certificate of University Instructor, the Ministry of Education, Taiwan. 
  • Certificate of the National Outbound Tour Manager, the Ministry of Communications, Taiwan.

Professional affiliations

  • International Council on Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE)
  • Hospitality Finance, Revenue and IT Professionals (HOSPA)
  • Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)
  • Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
  • International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)
  • Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI)
  • Chinese-American Academic and Professional Association in Southeastern United States (CAPASUS)