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Misty Johanson

Academic Degrees

PhD, Michigan State University, 2000
MS, Michigan State University, 1997
BA, Michigan State University, 1995

Research and Teaching Interests

Human Resource Management
Organizational Employee Behavior Management
Current Trends Impacting the Hospitality Industry
Education, Teaching and Scholarship


Misty M. Johanson is an exceptional hospitality leadership professor, scholar and industry professional who brings a real-world perspective to her role as director of DePaul University's School of Hospitality Leadership.

Johanson joined DePaul's faculty in 2009 to help establish the school and was appointed director in 2014. She collaborated with industry representatives, advisory boards, faculty, alumni and students to develop its innovative undergraduate and graduate curricula. Known as "Dr. J" by her students, Johanson has won Excellence in Teaching awards and consistently earns high marks in student evaluations for her courses, including her signature Introduction to Hospitality course. She also serves as the director of the Center for Research and Education in Hospitality Leadership and as Interim Dean of the Driehaus College of Business.

Johanson has been named one of the most prolific authors in the hospitality field. She has produced more than 50 refereed scholarly publications and she is the co-author of Managing Hospitality Human Resources and co-editor of Hospitality: An Introduction. Her research covers three areas: human resources, hospitality research and education, and current hospitality market trends. She has been a reviewer for several prominent journals and has previously served as co-executive editor of the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education, the award-winning refereed journal of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education.

Johanson's industry experience includes serving as manager, management advisor and consultant to international hospitality organizations. Prior to her arrival at DePaul, Johanson spent seven years as a tenured faculty member with the University of Hawaii-Manoa, and four years on the faculty of the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned a BA, MS and PhD in hospitality business and tourism from Michigan State University.​