Jafari, who has taught at UW-Stout since 1973, holds an honorary doctorate from the Spanish university. He also holds a Ph.D. from University of Minnesota and a B.S. and an M.S. from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
In addition to teaching at UW-Stout, Jafari has been a visiting professor at University of Algarve in Faro, Portugal; Luleå University of Technology in Luleå, Sweden; and Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.
He also has a lifetime honorary professorship at Bundelkhand University in Jhansi, India, and has served as international program director at the University of the Balearic Islands.
"I'm very pleased to have an internationally recognized scholar at UW-Stout," said UW-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen.
When he isn't traveling, teaching and researching, Jafari has served on numerous editorial boards and has established foundational journals, books and networks on tourism studies. He is the founding editor of Annals of Tourism Research, 1973.
Jafari will present "My Academic Journey" on Thursday, Oct. 24, the second day of the seminar.
On the last day of seminar, the ceremony "Celebrating Jafar Jafari: International Academy for the Study of Tourism and Annals of Tourism Research" will be held. A speaker from the International Academy for the Study of Tourism will present; John Tribe, editor-in-chief of Annals of Tourism Research, also will speak.
UW-Stout has offered a bachelor's degree in the field of hotel and restaurant management since 1967. It established a master's degree in hospitality and tourism in 1976. More information about the School of Hospitality Leadership is available at the website.