Welcome to the hub for my academic and social entrepreneurship initiatives. Outside of teaching and leadership roles, I am very engaged in a number of projects. In 2013 I launched Hospitalented to bring hospitality and tourism education to a more global audience. In 2019 I developed TeachingMVP, a platform that helps instructors get the help they need to teach at a higher level - specializing in online education. I am also a proud charter member and director of education for the Ghana Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Each trip to Ghana I seek to distribute school supplies, textbooks and STEM Kits to schools.
The following are current projects I am involved with. Frankenstyle and the Tourism Entrepreneurship Workshop are events that took place on February 22, 2023 and will be replicated again soon. All Around Us is my perspective on the Metaverse as it pertains to education, tourism, business and the hospitality / tourism industry.
VOLUNTEERISM & PROJECTS
These are things I am passionate about.
Upcycling Fashion Contest
During my February 2023 trip to Ghana I hosted the inaugural 'Frankenstyle' contest where teams used second hand clothing to create unique pieces. The intent was to give exposure to the millions of clothing items dumped into Ghana every week.
Helping faculty improve online
This is the platform for all things related to online learning where I have created a variety of faculty-specific workshops. Each one addresses specific skills to deliver better online or remote courses.
Education via MicroSD
Most trips to Ghana include the distribution of 50-100 microSD chips loaded with tourism education videos and files. The 'HospiPods' require no internet and very little power, and can be passed on to others. The goal is to give those with less access to education a means for becoming tourism entrepreneurs.
DEI Standards for organizations
As one of the first board members, I helped to create certificate programs such as 'Certified by Travel Unity,' a set of standards that guide organizations to become more welcoming through the prism of DEI.
My research ranges from areas of hospitality and tourism, to best practices in online pedagogy. My interests go beyond my "day job" to include cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, Web 3 / Metaverse, and fashion sustainability. I am excited by the intersections that lead to innovation.
Hospitality & Tourism
Cryptocurrencies & Metaverse
Convincing Colleagues that Online Graduate Students Need More (of everything!) - presented at 2023 Southern Regional Faculty and Instructional Development Consortium (SRFIDC) annual meeting, Auburn, AL - March 2023
How can I help?
If we should meet to discuss a problem of some kind, the quickest way to make that happen is to contact me via email above.
Have a story to tell?
I'm always looking to create good content for my students. Whether you come to class or we do the interview in a studio, this is where we start.
What can we learn?
I am interested in how hospitality and tourism can impact economies. I am also captivated by the use of audio in online learning.
College Readiness & Field Trips
One of the things I enjoy doing is planning events and activities that help young people better understand the hospitality and tourism industry. Here are some highlights.
Reinventing an Iconic Structure
Union Square Hospitality Group
Career Pathways for Hospitality
Empowering Refugees Through Culinary Education
The ACC Tournament
Sports Management Done Right
Beverages & Condiments: Sharing the Special Sauce
Lower Manhattan Hospitality
Post 9-11 Hospitality
Consulting + Coaching
When I'm not teaching I work with a variety of entities in and out of the hospitality/tourism industry. If I can't help you I'll find someone who can. Here's a sample of areas I have experience in:
CLASSES & COURSES
Over the last 20+ years I have taught over 30 courses focused on hospitality, tourism, marketing, leadership and education - many of which I have designed from scratch or reimagined. I have also developed curricula for institutes and organizations. Here is an example of one of my modules and my teaching style.
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