BIO Dr. Michael S. Scales is an Associate Professor in Business Studies at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He previously held the position of Assistant Professor at Widener University in the School of Hospitality Management. Professor Scales has been a strong proponent of civic engagement through service learning. With his students he created several Group Service Learning Projects including “Hospitality Helping Homeless” a service learning project in which over 500 pounds of used bed linens, blankets and towels were collected from area hotels and distributed to homeless shelters throughout New Jersey (for this event the class received the “2004-05 Hometown Hero” Award from the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, a professional ice hockey team), “Feast for Families” an event that raised money for The Alcove, Center for Grieving Children in Northfield, NJ and “A Taste of New Orleans,” a service learning project which included a dinner and auction that raised money for the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.
Dr. Scales has published and presented on this topic at national and international conferences including the American Democracy Project (ADP) National Meeting, the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) National Conference, the New Jersey Governor’s Annual Conference on Tourism, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, and the International Council for Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Educators (I-CHRIE) Annual Conference. He has been recognized by colleagues when he was named the first faculty member ever to receive the Stockton Community Engagement Award (which he earned twice in three years). Michael has also been selected Business Professor of the Year by the student population three times, and received the Award of Excellence from the Atlantic County Institute of Technology for his work as a member of their Advisory Board. His service learning work raising money for The Alcove, Center for Grieving Children has also led him to be invited to sit on the Board of Directors for that organization. Professor Scales is a founding member and former Fellow of the Political Engagement Project, a sister project of the American Democracy Project sponsored by The New York Times and the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching. In 2012 he was named Outstanding Alumni of the Year from Widener University for his community service work.
His teaching is varied from lecture and seminar HTMS and MGMT required and elective courses, to a Freshmen Seminar, an online GEN course and two MBA courses.