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Michael Traud, ED.D., J.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor and Hospitality Management Program Director
Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts & Food Science



  • Ed.D, Drexel University 
  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law
  • B.A., Ursinus College
  • A.S., Culinary Arts, Johnson and Wales University

Areas of Expertise

  • Italian Cuisine
  • Korean Cuisine
  • Hospitality Law


Professor Traud is an Assistant Teaching Professor and Program Director for Drexel University’s Hospitality Management department. Professor Traud taught with Drexel for five years as an adjunct while working in professional kitchens and two years as a full-time instructor prior to accepting a position as Program Director in 2013.  He teaches both culinary arts and hospitality management courses while also focusing on curriculum development, program policies, and industry partnerships.  His expertise includes hospitality law and Italian cuisine.

In addition to his work with Drexel, Professor Traud also serves as a mentor at The Enterprise Center in Philadelphia where he helps to guide future restaurant owners as they develop a business from planning to operating a restaurant.  He is also the founder and event chair for the annual Philly Chef Conference at Drexel University. Professor Traud maintains close industry ties with the restaurant and hospitality community in Philadelphia. By doing so he is able to facilitate tremendous opportunities for students to obtain rewarding practical experiences and personal connections during their studies.

Prior to coming to Drexel University, Professor Traud attended law school and practiced law before going back to complete his culinary degree with Johnson and Wales. His restaurant career involved positions working for James Beard award winning chefs Jeff Michaud (Osteria) and Marc Vetri (Vetri). He has also gained a global perspective on his craft by spending time cooking in Italy and South Korea.