Eldad Boker, EdD, knows travel. With 74 stamps on his passport, he’s nearly traversed half of the countries in the world, worked professionally in the field across the globe, and brought his professional experience to the classroom for three decades. Here is how he brings his passion and knowledge to the online classroom, plus his top travel advice.
What is your experience teaching online at JWU?
“I just taught my first online class this summer (TRVL3010 Dynamics of Tourism and Sustainability) in the BS – Hospitality Management degree program, but I’ve been teaching at the Johnson & Wales University Providence Campus for 30 years. Over that time, I’ve seen the School of Hospitality evolve, the ‘seriousness’ of academic programs increase, and courses update to meet market needs. The growth has been phenomenal.”
What did you learn about online learning during your first online teaching experience?
“It’s all about one-on-one engagement in the online classroom, and the style of teaching requires more dedication on behalf of the professor to individually engage with each student. My role was to guide them toward activities and solicit a reaction on what they explored on their own and took away from each lesson. I really enjoyed teaching the class!”
How does your industry background help you educate future travel- and hospitality-industry leaders?
“My grandparents on both sides owned hotels, so I grew up in the industry. I’ve worked in the travel industry in the U.S., Israel, Guatemala, and Austria. I love traveling and have been to 74 countries so far!”
How do you stay on top of industry trends?
“In order to stay up-to-date on management, technology, policies, and payment options, I read a lot, attend conferences, stay connected to other industry professionals, and visit the most current websites, such as eTurboNews, Destination Marketing Association International, and the U.S. Travel Association.”
What excites you about the industry today?
“Travel is a very dynamic industry that combines a variety of sub-industries. If a student follows this career path, they have the opportunity to cross over into a variety of specialty fields — there’s enormous potential for professional growth in the travel industry. For example, if you stay at least five years or longer in the field, your likelihood for promotion and compensation increases dramatically. That said, you have to have a desire to work with people; if you don’t, choose another field.”
What would someone be surprised to learn about you?
“I’m not afraid to try any type of food! Travel gives me a wonderful opportunity to do this. Frogs, crocodile — I’ll try it all! Also, I love to watch other people try food that’s new to them, and I’ve had lots of chances to watch students on study abroad trips! In addition, I like to participate in more adventurous activities. I love to scuba dive and parachute from planes.”
If you can imagine yourself in another career, what would it be?
“I’d be a pilot. I know it’s not totally different! I’ve always loved the feeling of lifting off the ground, and, in general, passengers are happy to arrive at their destination. I’d be helping them get there.”
What do you do in your free time?
“I ride my bike, swim, golf, dance, and hike. I don’t like to be in the house!”
What’s your best piece of travel advice?
“Do I have to limit it to one piece of advice? I have so many! First of all, get a good small suitcase and travel light. You can avoid baggage fees, and you can always wash your clothes at your destination. Plus, in Asia and Europe, it’s just practical: Larger bags don’t work on elevators! I’d also recommend that you carry some type of insurance. And always compare your ticket and lodging prices — it’s so easy these days. Also, try the local food — no donuts and pizza!”
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