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Dipra Jha


Dipra Jha is the Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion – Inclusive Pedagogy for the Carson College of Business and a scholarly associate professor. He is recognized as an expert in luxury hospitality and tourism strategy, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of State of Washington Tourism. In 2023, the International Hospitality Institute named him among the "100 Most Influential People in USA Hospitality & Travel." A global scholar and an innovative educator, he is a recipient of multiple awards including the prestigious John Wiley & Sons Innovation in Teaching Award from the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE), Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award from Western Federation CHRIE and WSU President's Award for Leadership. He has been selected as a member of the Fulbright Specialist Program roster by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. At WSU, Professor Jha teaches courses in hospitality management and international business to undergraduate students as well as for the University's highly ranked Executive MBA and Online MBA programs. He is among a select group of faculty to receive the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Teaching and Learning Grant to improve undergraduate education. He frequently collaborates with communities, government entities and private sector organizations in the United States and overseas on training, research, and outreach projects. A passionate advocate for experiential learning and global education, Professor Jha has significant experience developing and leading study abroad programs. He was conferred a rare and prestigious Doctor Honoris Causa by Sumy State University in Ukraine for his outstanding contributions to teaching and learning through virtual exchange.