- Ph.D. Candidate, Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida
- M.P.A., Accountancy, Georgia State University
- M.S., Global Hospitality Management, Georgia State University
- B.B.A., Hospitality Administration, Georgia State University
- A.O.S., Culinary Arts, The Culinary Institute of America
- human resources
- restaurant operations
Professor Hight is a Ph.D. candidate at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida. His research interests focus on illicit substance use in the food and beverage industry, leadership, human resources, and restaurant entrepreneurship. Hight’s research has appeared in top-tier Hospitality journals, such as the International Journal of Hospitality Management.
Prior to joining Georgia State University, Professor Hight accumulated 14 years of hospitality work experience, primarily in restaurant and foodservice operations. These positions include work as a cook, server, trainer, sommelier, and wine director in Houston, Chicago, and Atlanta. In addition, Hight was an analyst for Horwath HTL, where his responsibilities included work on advising projects relating to asset management, hotel development, and general consulting for sole proprietorships, C-corporations, and Fortune 500 companies.
Professor Hight holds certifications as a Certified Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers), a Certified Specialist of Wine (Society of Wine Educators), and Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (AHLA and CHRIE).
- Hight, S. K., Gajjar, T., & Okumus, F. (Accepted). Managers from “Hell” in the hospitality industry: How do hospitality employees profile bad managers? International Journal of Hospitality Management.
- Hight, S. K., & Park, J. Y. (Accepted). Role stress and alcohol use on restaurant server’s job satisfaction: Which comes first? International Journal of Hospitality Management.
- Hight, S. K., & Park, J. Y. (2018). Substance use for restaurant servers: Causes and effects. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 68, 68-79.
- Lee, Y. K., Kim, S. H., Seo, M. K., & Hight, S. K. (2015). Market orientation and business performance: Evidence from franchising industry. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 44, 28-37.