Zongqing Zhou, Ph.D.
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- St. Vincent's Hall, Room 412
Dr. Zhou is a professor at the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management (formerly, the Institute of Travel, Hotel and Restaurant Administration), Niagara University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Tourism from Michigan State University. His first Master's degree was in English Linguistics conferred by Fujian Normal University and the second Master's degree was in Telecommunications given by Michigan State University.
In 2004, Dr. Zhou published his first textbook (the first, too, in the field), Ecommerce and Information Technology in Hospitality and Tourism. He is currently working on his second book, Internet Marketing in Hospitality and Tourism.
Dr. Zhou is currently serving on the Editorial Boards of:
- Information Technology in Hospitality (formerly, The International Journal of Hospitality Information Technology). (since 1998)
- Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism Education (since 2000)
- Journal of Irrational Communication (since 2004)
He also served on the editorial board of
- Journal of Travel Research (2000-2004)
And guest reviewer for
- Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing (since 1998)
- International Journal of Hospitality Management (since 2006)
You can also check out his vitae here.
Dr. Zhou has received various awards and honors from professional organizations, including The 2003 Outstanding I-CHRIE Refereed Paper Reviewer Award for his contribution to the I-CHRIE annual conferences. In 2000, his paper " The Changing Role of the Travel Agents" received the best paper award in the I-CHRIE annual conference.
He was also a member of the Board of Directors, ISTTE (International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators) from 2001-2003 and was the former Newsletter Editor for the same organization.
In recent years, Dr. Zhou has engaged in international outreaching activities. He is officially conferred as a Guest Professor at the Fujian Normal University and has been invited to teach at South China University of Technology and to conduct research and seminars at Xiamen University, Fujian Normal University, Hehai University, and Harbin Institute of Technology. In 2008, he started a Study Abroad in China Program in collaboration with Purdue University.
Dr. Zhou loves humor and can be very humorous if he chooses to be. His job performance peaks at stress and drops miserably at fishing season. If he does not receive 50 e-mails a day, he will feel lonely. Recognizing the fact that we are living in a global village, Dr. zhou has built himself a nice little home in cyberspace (http://purple.niagara.edu/zhou/). It is not fancy, but practical and full of hidden treasures. In his home, dinners and deserts are all free. He welcomes everybody to his home.
To conclude his biography, Dr. Zhou would like to share with all CHTM alumni as well as all cyber-friends his two favorite axioms, one from ancient wisdom, the other from his own logic reasoning:
To err is human.
To be human, please err!
Current research interests
Hospitality and tourism ecommerce and Internet Marketing, particularly social media as a marketing tool. Working on two books now. The first is an edited book on the most current research in the field of hospitality and tourism to be published by a top Chinese publisher in China. The second book is entitled "Internet Marketing in Hospitality and Tourism".