Dr. Tosun is an educator, consultant, speaker, and researcher in the area of international tourism management. He is currently serving as Director of Master of Science is Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management program, and Eisenhower Chair and professor of tourism studies and management at the Department of Management, School of Business, the George Washington University (GWSB). He worked as a tenured full professor at three universities for more than 14 years. He also worked as a business development consultant in the private sector for various international companies and organizations in UK, France, Austria, Northern Ireland and Turkey. In particularly, he contributed to the development of more than fifteen technical assistance project proposals funded by the European Union (EU) and Plan Blue/UNEP-MAP in addition to more than ten grant scheme projects funded by EU, he was also one of the key experts, consultants or coordinators in the implementation process of some of these projects.
He completed his undergraduate studies at the top of his class. During his primary and university education, he gained a great deal of industry experience by working in the tourism and hospitality sector in various roles (e.g., restaurant manager, reception clerk, hotel manager, waiter, room cleaner, amateur tour guide, and bellboy). He received his PhD degree in the area of international tourism management and MPhil degree in tourism planning from the Scottish Hotel School, Business Faculty of University of Strathclyde, UK, and his MSc degree in the area of hospitality and tourism management from the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Graduate School of Social Science, Erciyes University, Turkey. Earning his graduate degrees in both international tourism management and hospitality management at two of the leading programs in his field at two different countries with different socio-cultural and educational contexts has enriched his vision and teaching philosophy. After his graduate education, he built his academic career at Macau University of Science and Technology (China), Osmangazi University (Turkey), Gazi University (Turkey), the Emirate Academy of Hospitality Management (UAE), Mustafa Kemal University (MKU) (Turkey), Bournemouth University (UK), Northern Iowa University (USA), Bilkent University (Turkey) and Firat University (Turkey). While he has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, he has also supervised numerous master and doctoral students, and acted as internal and external examiners for more than fifty master theses and doctoral dissertations.
He has held several administrative positions including the Founding Director of the School of Tourism Management (STHM) at MKU for more than 6 years, Department Head for over 13 years, and Postgraduate Program Director for 13 years at several universities, where he spearheaded the development of the School and Departments. While he heavily involved in line management of academic staff, curriculum design, and research development during his administrative duties, he also served as a member of the Council of Strategy Planning for 3 years at MKU and Tourism Faculty Coordinator of Academic Evaluation and Quality Improvement Board for over 4 years at Gazi University.
Dr. Tosun has served on the editorial board member for journals; as a reviewer for leading hospitality and tourism journals, and as a reviewer for national and international conferences. His work has appeared at a wide spectrum of conferences (e.g. The Western Social Science Association (WSSA) Conference, I-CHRIE Annual Conference, EuroCHRIE Congress, International Travel and Tourism: Policy, and Law and Management and Rural Tourism Management: Sustainable Options, International Conference), as well as in top-tier journals (e.g. Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research, Geoforum, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Tourism Economics, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Journal of Destination Marketing & Management, International Journal of Hospitality Management) in addition to various book chapters, international technical reports for Plan Blue/UNEP and white papers. His publications have received around 8663 citations as per the Google Scholar Citation Index with h-index 25 and i-10 index 36