Cheri Young, PhD


Associate Professor

Cheri Young, PhD, is an associate professor in the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. A passionate, talented designer of engaging learning environments through the use of community-engaged service learning, Young has been recognized by the U.S. State Department and the International Council for Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education. 

Young has helped secure over $500,000 in grants to support an innovative partnership between students in her Human Capital course and refugees from the Ethiopian Community Development Center’s African Community Center of Denver, a refugee resettlement agency. This partnership has been in existence for more than five years and is currently working with its 18th cohort of refugees. Additionally, Young is an associate editor at a top hospitality research journal, and her research has been published in numerous journals, including the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly and the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research. Her primary teaching areas include organizational behavior, labor relations and human resources, and her life’s purpose is to help others realize their highest potential. 


  • PhD, Cornell University