Hospitality Management Professor Selected as Fulbright Scholar


Dr. John Self

Cal Poly Pomona Hospitality Management professor Dr. John Self has been selected to be a Fulbright Scholar at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland. He will teach abroad from August through November. 

Self is the first professor from Cal Poly Pomona’s Collins College of Hospitality Management to take part in the Fulbright Program. He will teach hospitality management classes with an American pedagogy rooted in polytechnic, hands-on student-based learning. He will also conduct research on why restaurants fail - to compare with his U.S.-based research on the same topic.

Self looks forward to offering his American-style of teaching to the Finnish students while also gaining a broader view of teaching and student-learning to bring back to Cal Poly Pomona. “I love peeling back the onion of a new culture,” he said. “Four months is long enough that you’re not treated like a tourist.”

Similar to Cal Poly Pomona, Haaga-Helia University offers a hands-on education. Its Hospitality, Tourism and Experience Management program parallels The Collins College of Hospitality Management in many ways like by bridging theory and practice to offer students a well-rounded education.

Self has more than 20 years of teaching experience and has co-authored over 10 refereed journal articles. He remains active in the industry by serving as consultant in opening restaurants and in restaurant operations.

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. Government’s flagship international exchange program, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program provides participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Self’s Fulbright-HAAGA-HELIA Scholar Award is funded in co-operation by the HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences, and the Fulbright Center, the Finnish Fulbright Commission, and it is a special grant within the Fulbright U.S. Core Scholar Program.


Lisa McPheron
Director of Communications and External Relations
The Collins College of Hospitality Management 
(909) 869-3151