David Olds

David Olds

Associate Professor and Hospitality Management Program Director

    Westlake Hall 242
    (309) 677-3242


Ph.D., Foodservice & Hospitality Management, Kansas State University
M.S., Foodservice & Lodging Management, Iowa State University
B.S., Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management, Iowa State University
A.A.S., Culinary Arts, Des Moines Area Community College


Dr. Olds is the Hospitality Management Program Director and a former chef with over 20 years of industry experience.


Dr. Olds teaches classes in hospitality management, hospitality practices, and other topics for the department.


Dr. Olds' research interests include food safety, sustainability in hospitality, food choices, food defense, and hospitality education. More information about Dr. Olds' scholarship can be found at: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4854-2226


Dr. Olds has served as the College of Education and Health Sciences (EHS) representative of the University's Sustainability Minor Committee, as a member of the University's Gender Equity Task Force, as an EHS Dean’s Appointee to the University Strategic Planning Teams, and as the EHS Liaison to the Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.