John F. Mahoney, PhD

Associate Professor

tel: 610-499-1114

Office: Academic Center North 159

Dr.Mahoney joined the faculty of the School of Hospitality Management in 1983 after receiving his PhD from Penn State. His BS was awarded from the Hotel, Restaurant, and Travel Administration program at the University of Massachusetts and his MBA in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management was earned from Michigan State University. His industry experience was with Harley Hotels and Seiler Corporation. His areas of teaching expertise are in restaurant operations, hospitality cost accounting, and strategic management. He is the ARAMARK Professor of Managed Services.

He is a member of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) and the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE). He has presented papers on teaching foods courses at ICHRIE national conferences, has conducted industry seminars on sanitation, and has researched in team building and group dynamics.

Dr. Mahoney has served as a Commissioner for the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA). He also has served as Chair of the organization. Dr. Mahoney is beginning his 30th year of teaching at Widener in 2012 where he is an associate professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the School of Hospitality Management.

Dr.Mahoney has twice been a finalist for the Stevenson W. Fletcher Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching presented by the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education, and received the Lindback Distinguished Faculty Member Award for Excellence in Teaching from Widener in 1986. In 2011, Dr. Mahoney received the R. Kelso Carter Award, presented annually to a non-Widener graduate who has brought honor to the university through their acts or accomplishments. Also in 2011, he was a nominee for the Fitz Dixon Innovation in Teaching Award.

He continues to advise and consult with hospitality programs seeking accreditation and chairs site team visits for hospitality programs seeking reaccreditation as well as for those seeking initial accreditation.