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James Williams

Assistant Professor


My primary research interest is leadership, soft skills, youth sports impact on leadership, and traits of hospitality business leaders. I have conducted qualitative and quantitative research that explores and examines the impact of youth sports’ experiences on transformational leadership, soft skills, and decision-making in high-pressure situations. I have over 15-years of leadership experiences in manufacturing, sales, military (medical), education (public and higher education), professional acting and football, banking, motivational speaking and training business leaders, and as an entrepreneur (UnmaskYTP LLC). Currently, I teach Human Resource Management, Legal Issues, and Professional Development; I also serve as the faculty chair for athletics on the faculty senate committee.

James Williams CV


  • Leadership
  • Human Resource Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Soft Skills
  • Mentorship/Training
  • Legal Issues

Awards and Recognitions

Best Faculty Led Presentation Finding a Voice: An Autoethnography of My Odyssey in Hospitality Academia. Presentation made at SECSA Federation. Miami, FL 2017

Best Motivational Speaker of the Year The National Society of Leadership and Success 2017

Dean’s Rising Star 2016


Refereed Journals Accepted/In-Press

Wang, M. Y., Kitterlin-Lynch, M. & Williams, J. (2017). Hospitality Cooperative Education: What are the Benefits for Industry Partners? Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education (accepted)

Kitterlin, M., Williams, J. & Zheng, T. (2015). Winning the job placement competition:  Industry’s message, and academia’s response. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, 27(3), 129-134. DOI: 10.1080/10963758.2015.1064318

Thomas, J., Zeng, E., Kitterlin, M., Chang S. H., & Williams, J. (2015). Bitcoin: Legal issues and usage in the hospitality industry. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Cases 4(1).

Moll, L., Kitterlin, M., & Williams, J. (2013). Sex always sells? Stripping the façade surrounding vice tourism in a recession. Tourism and Hospitality Research, 13(2), 113-122.

Williams, J., Brown, E., Bosselman, B., & Foucar-Szocki, R. (2013). Former team sports experiences: Development of collaborative leadership skills for future hospitality managers. Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Management 1(1), 1-9.

Williams, J., Bosselman, R., Hurst, J., & Tianshu, Z. (2013). Passive leadership is unlikely among hospitality managers with high-level youth sport’s participation. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education, 25(1), 22-28.  

Beverly, D., Williams, J., & Kitterlin, M. (2012). Leaders exhibiting high emotional intelligence are more dedicated to their job performance. Open Journal of Leadership Studies 1(4), 37-41. DOI: 10.4236/ojl.2012.14006

Gray, E. & Williams, J. (2012). Retail managers: Laissez-faire is synonymous with unsuccessful conflict management styles. Open Journal of Leadership Studies, 1(3), 13-16. DOI: 10.4236/ojl.2012.13003

Williams, J., Roberts, C., & Bosselman, R. (2011). Youth sports experiences and the emergence of chameleon leadership. Journal of Leadership Studies, 5(3), 6-11.

Book Chapters

Williams, J. & Benjamin, S. (2016). Changes in Hospitality Consumer Needs and Wants. Routledge Handbook of Hospitality Marketing. Taylor & Francis Group.

Foucar-Szocki II, R., Choi, D., & Williams, J. (2014). Attractions Management. In Brymer, R. (eds.) Hospitality and Tourism: An Introduction to the Hospitality Industry edition. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Articles Under Review

Williams, J., Brown, E., Kitterlin, M., & Benjamin, S. Sports produce self-efficacy and organizational socialization in hospitality leaders. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Management.

Williams, J., Benjamin, S., Brown, E., Kitterlin, M., Schoffstall, D., & Zoman, M.D. Creating a positive and productive work environment for tenured-track professors. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education. (Revisions)

Yaoyuneyong, G., Whaley, J., Butler, R., Williams, J., Jordan, K., & Hunt, L. (2016). Into the Deep-Mystery Shopping and Casino-Hotel Services: A Mixed-Method Investigation. International Journal of Hospitality Management (Revisions)


Williams, J. (2017). How to get abs like a bodybuilder but eat like a fat boy. Raleigh, NC: Pendium Publishing.

 Williams, J. (2016). From thug to scholar: An odyssey to unmask my true potential. Raleigh, NC: Pendium Publishing.


Contact Information

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