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Faculty contribute to the interdisciplinary Center for Sustainability and Master of Science in Sustainable Tourism in many and varied ways reflecting the multidisciplinary interest on the campus in sustainable tourism and a generous willingness to engage in the research, teaching and outreach activities of the center. Examples of these contributions include service on the MS-ST Faculty Graduate Committee, on thesis and non-thesis projects, on search committees, in recruiting and mentoring students, on external funding activities, on special projects and initiatives, in teaching core courses, on interdisciplinary research and publication efforts and on hosting visiting scholars, among others. Faculty affiliates are encouraged to cross over with other disciplines in research interests to the extent possible in order to become fully aware of, and take advantage of, the many interdisciplinary approaches and opportunities.
Sustainability Education for Business and Communities
Cynthia S. DealeAssociate Professor, Department of Hospitality Management East Carolina University Greenville, NC 27858 Phone: 252-737-4195 FAX: 252-328-4276 email@example.com
I am interested in working with communities, businesses, and educational institutions on projects that strive to balance all areas of sustainability in terms of tourism, including economic, environmental, cultural, and social sustainability. I have had an interest in sustainability tourism and hospitality for many years and have included students in authentic community outreach, service-learning projects related to sustainable practices in hospitality and tourism business operations, and community activities. As an educator, I work to integrate community outreach efforts related to sustainable tourism with learning experiences for students. For example, recently my students presented a poster session on "green" tourism for the Focus the Nation event. Also, sustainability has been the focus of a community tourism project for the town of Dillsboro, North Carolina. The project involved students helping the town strategize for sustainable tourism in the 21st Century. Dillsboro already has many elements of sustainability to work with, including the Jackson County Green Energy Park, the Monteith Farmstead (an old house that is to become the Appalachian Women's Museum), and the town itself with its festivals and businesses. Students in my classes were major organizers and volunteers behind the inaugural Appalachian Growers' Fair held at the Monteith farmstead in the spring of 2008, the event focused on showcasing local growers, native plants, locally grown and produced food, and local entertainment. Currently, I am working on a community-based project involving undergraduate and graduate students and community partners with the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation in eastern North Carolina.
My research interests include teaching and learning in hospitality and tourism, hospitality and tourism management practices, and service. I have special interests in the scholarship of teaching and learning and sustainable hospitality and tourism.
HMGT 1350: Introduction to Hospitality Management
HMGT 1500: Introduction to Multicultural Hospitality Management
Field Experience in Hospitality Management
HMGT graduate courses