Northwood University Welcomes Julie Tkach as Hospitality Management Department Chair

Julie Tkach
 Hospitality Management Chair

Northwood University announces the addition of Dr. Julie Tkach to the faculty and her appointment as chair of the Hospitality Management department. As a professor and department chair, she will be teaching while also working with the Hospitality Management department’s specific events, such as providing food and beverages during the Northwood University International Auto Show, the annual Stafford Dinner and NU Style Show. Dr. Tkach will be responsible for ensuring program strength, content quality and industry relevance.

The Hospitality Management program focuses on the largest components of the highly competitive service economy. Hospitality Management courses include facilities engineering, food and beverage management, human resource management and current hospitality industry issues. The program also requires a career-related internship.

Dr. Lance Lewis, academic dean, says, “I am delighted to welcome Dr. Tkach to Northwood University. Her industry experience, academic expertise and enthusiasm for teaching and helping students grow will only strengthen the Hospitality Management program.”

Dr. Tkach earned her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Hospitality Business from Michigan State University (MSU). She has 10 years of industry experience and has taught at Grand Valley State University and MSU in the hospitality departments. Dr. Tkach is a certified dietary manager, certified food protection professional and a member of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education. She and her family reside in Portland, Mich.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.