Nizar (Nick) Hussein spent an entire career in the hospitality industry, but it was when he was asked to speak to a classroom of CMU students he became inspired to teach.
Working as a sales manager in 2008, Nick was asked by professor Yae Roh to be a guest speaker in his HSA 350 class and discuss hotel operations.
“I truly enjoyed speaking to the students and loved their enthusiastic reaction whenever I referenced my personal experience,” he said. “It was their response that prompted me to return to college and earn a degree so I could teach, with the goal of becoming an instructor at CMU.”
Five years later he began teaching part time in the marketing department at CMU and in 2016 became a full-time lecturer.
“I love the whole process of witnessing students as they find their passion,” Nick said. “Our students are the future industry managers, and it is an exciting privilege to be a part of their development.”
He became the hospitality program’s internship coordinator and faculty advisor to the Hospitality Tourism Society student organization in 2016.
“I believe our students learn more when faculty make learning fun, and this I endeavor to do,” he said. “Vital to their education is introducing them to industry professionals who can share stories of their day-to-day work experiences.”
Nick said he doesn’t only want to see his students succeed, he wants them to find success in what it is they are passionate about.
“It is important to love what you do because in that way, you get to go to work without having to go to work,” he said.
Nick is faculty advisor to the Hospitality Tourism Society.
He is a member of the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association.
In spring 2017, Nick will take a group of students to Chicago for a weeklong dive into the hospitality industry.