Dipra Jha

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Dipra Jha

Assistant Professor of Practice

ABD, Occupational & Adult Education, North Dakota State University
Ed.S., Career & Technical Education, University of Wisconsin-Stout
MS, Training & Development, University of Wisconsin-Stout
MS, Hospitality & Tourism, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE), American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
Certified Hospitality Trainer (CHT), American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute

Dipra Jha is an Assistant Professor of Practice and the Director of Global Engagement for the Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management program. He is recognized as an expert in luxury hospitality and tourism strategy. Prof. Jha frequently collaborates with communities, government entities and private sector organizations in the United States and overseas on training and outreach projects. In 2013, he was invited by the Venetian-Palazzo resort in Las Vegas to be their first Professor in Residence. With 7,066 suites, the Venetian-Palazzo is the largest Five Diamond hotel in the world. It also has world’s second largest convention facility with 2.25 million square feet of event space. As Professor in Residence, Prof. Jha was able to study the operational systems and processes of this integrated mega-resort and bring that knowledge back into the classroom.  At UNL, Prof. Jha teaches courses in lodging management, guest services and hospitality law. He is a recipient of UNL’s University Distinguished Teaching Award as well as College of Education and Human Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award among other honors. A passionate advocate for experiential learning and global education, Prof. Jha has developed and led study abroad programs for UNL students to the United Kingdom, India, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. He is a member of UNL’s Stevens Initiative faculty cohort. The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build career and global competencies for young people in the United States, Middle East and North Africa by growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange. It is supported by the U.S. Department of State and the Bezos Family Foundation. Prof. Jha has also developed collaborations with institutions in Oman, China, Thailand, Turkey and Switzerland.

Areas of Expertise:

    Luxury Hospitality; Innovation in Tourism & Hospitality; Global Education

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2017 The Oberoi Center of Learning and Development, Delhi, India – Professor in Residence2017 University of Nebraska – Lincoln: University Distinguished Teaching Award2016 The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM) Center for Research & Innovation, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Scholar in Residence2016 University of Nebraska – Lincoln, College of Education and Human Sciences – Outstanding Teaching Award2016 Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Nebraska Circle (national leadership senior honor society) – Professor Of The Month.2016 University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Education Abroad Office – Smooth Sailing Award2016 University of Nebraska Lincoln, Parents Association & The Teaching Council – Recognition for Contribution to Students2014 University of Nebraska Lincoln, Parents Association & The Teaching Council – Recognition for Contribution to Students
Global Science Institute (GSI), Podgorica, Montenegro: Steering Committee – Member2018 Nebraska Tourism Commission: Grant Review Committee - MemberInternational Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education(I-CHRIE)American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)Association of North America Higher Education International (ANAHEI) Educational CouncilAssociation of Hospitality Financial Management Educators (AHFME)Phi Kappa Phi (PKP)Pi Lambda Theta (PLT)