College of Applied Science and Technology

Jamal Feerasta

Jamal Feerasta

Title: Professor, Hospitality Management
Dept/Program: Business and Information Technology
Office: Galucci Hall 155
Phone: 330-972-6601
Fax: 330-972-5525


Professional certification:

  • Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE)

Dr. Jamal Feerasta is the lead faculty in the Hospitality Management Program. He joined UA in 2000, after teaching at the International Hotel School in Canberra, Australia, and at the hotel school in Auckland, New Zealand. His background is in hotel operations and food service management.

Feerasta brings to the classroom solid professional experience, having worked with Charley Brown’s, Marriott Hotels, Holiday Inn, Pearl-Continental Hotels and Serena Hotels & Resorts. His international education background includes developing curriculum in hospitality and tourism management for the University of Central Asia - Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan. He conducted seminars and workshops in China, Jamaica and Pakistan. Feerasta is an active board member of various professional organizations.


  • Ph.D. in Secondary Education, The University of Akron
  • Dissertation: "Critical personal attributes for successful employment outcome of individuals with intellectual disabilities working in the restaurant business"
  • M.S. Hospitality Management. Florida International University. Miami, Fla.
  • B.S. Hospitality Management. Florida International University, Miami, Fla.

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