Health & Human Development
Matt VanSchenkhof, PhD
Dr. VanSchenkhof (Matt) is responsible for instructing the food and beverage track of MSU’s Hospitality Management programs.
Matt started out in restaurants at 14 years old. After completing his B.S. in Hospitality, he spent 15 years working for several employers including Marriott, LSG SkyChefs, Marriott Management Services, Sodexo, and with the Meals-On-Wheels program in the Twin Cities. He has had positions from chef, to general manager, to multi-unit manager.
Matt comes to MSU with six years of teaching experience at the University of Central Missouri. He earned his PhD from Kansas State University. His research interests and publications are centered around the importance of professional skills in the hospitality industry, water consumption in hospitality operations, and integrating student professional experiences into incident and case development.
Matt manages his classrooms using experiential methods including Team-Based Learning (https://teambasedlearning.site-ym.com/) and variations of Classroom-as-Organization (http://www.xbteaching.com/joomla/). He uses these methods so students can increase professional skill competencies. His favorite aspect of teaching is that I get to see a whole class, group, and an individual learner’s progression.