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Yen-Soon Kim, Ph.D., R.D.

Associate Professor; Registered Dietician in the Republic of Korea
Department(s): Hospitality
Office: HOS 363
Mail Code: 6021
Phone: 702-895-5443
Fax: 702-895-4872
Email: yen-soon.kim@unlv.edu

Research Interests

  • Consumer behaviors in foodservice management
  • Innovative technology in the restaurant industry
  • Diversity, gender, and equity issues within hospitality management
  • Sustainability and risk management in foodservice and event management

Industry Focus

  • Successful and innovative management roles within foodservice and event industry
  • Event management operations

Courses Taught

  • Undergraduate Food & Beverage and Event Courses (FAB 159, 333, 467 & TCA 490)
  • Graduate Foodservice Management Courses (HOA 720, HOA 760, MHA 620)


  • Served on faulty senate/college & university bylaw committee
  • Founder & president of Global Food & Beverage Association
  • Executive advisory board member, KAHTEA (Korea America Hospitality and Tourism Educators Association)
  • Editorial board member, Journal of Foodservice Business Research
  • Faculty advisor, association representing Koreans at UNLV

More about Yen-Soon Kim

Dr. Yen-Soon Kim received her Ph.D. in Hotel & Restaurant from the Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma. Dr. Kim earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Food Science and Nutrition from Soonchunhyang (SCH) University in Korea. Her major industry experiences are from Marriott, Aramark, Sodexho Marriott, Burger King, Good Samaritan Hospital, Soonchunhyang University (SCH) Hospital, and Oregon State University (OSU) Catering. Her teachings, invited presentations, and research focus on foodservice, event management, and hospitality leadership.