John Lipford, J.D., M.Ed.

John is a professor of hospitality and tourism management. John primarily teaches human resource management, hospitality law and legislation, and geotourism courses. Most recently, John has instructed cannabis-centered curriculum on cannabis operations and community planning. John has presented at multiple conferences on cannabis-related issues. In addition to cannabis tourism, John researches social justice issues and discrimination in the hospitality and tourism industry, the history/expansion of responsible tourism in the Great Plains of the United States, the use of popular media (including NBC’s The Office) to accomplish active learning in the modern classroom, the expansion of best practices in responsible cannabis operations and risk management, and community planning for cannabis impacts. Prior to beginning his career as a professor, John practiced law in the areas of employment discrimination, civil rights, tort law, and (later) in insurance defense. He lives in Grand Rapids.




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