Faculty and Staff Directory » Susan Wohlsdorf-Arendt

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Title: Professor
Department: Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management

Office: 9E MacKay, Ames, IA 50011-1078
Phone number: +1 (515) 2947575
Email: sarendt@iastate.edu

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Research interests

  • Human resource management in hospitality with emphasis on leadership, supervision, and motivation
  • Foodservice operations and local food use
  • Qualitative research methodology and use in hospitality management research

Published works

Current research projects

My current research agenda is focused on human resource management aspects within foodservice entities.  I study the impact of employee behavior on food safety practices. In addition, I research leadership behaviors. This work extends from classroom to work setting by examining students’ leadership behaviors in the classroom and managers’ behaviors within foodservice organizations.  Internal funding has come from the College of Human Sciences, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and Food Safety Consortium.  External funding has come from the Foodservice Systems Management Education Council, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, and USDA.