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Affiliate Faculty share an interest and enthusiasm for the Center's mission, conduct tourism research activities in conjunction with the Center, serve as thesis advisors and members, and mentor students working on sustainable tourism related research.
Hospitality Management and Sustainable Tourism
Melvin R. Weber
Assistant Professor, Department of Hospitality Management
My interests lie in the area of personnel and economic development, realizing both in a community setting because a community can only be as good as the accumulative talent, skills, and abilities of its members. I seek projects that allow me to use my education and my background in personnel training and economic development to help the community members enhance their skills and abilities.
I concur with the research vision of East Carolina University: "The research mission of East Carolina University is to advance knowledge, to encourage creative activity, to solve significant human problems, and to provide the foundation for professional practice through the support of basic and applied research." Research is the synthesis of critical thinking, but it does not always have to be a solo effort. It is often enhanced by a community effort. This collaboration brings a new and fresh perspective to the project; each contributor bringing his or her unique talents, insights, and background to the effort. Through collaboration, research becomes an opportunity to develop relationships and humanizes the process. Currently, I am working on three projects: 1) personality and performance assessment, 2) performance evaluation, and 3) soft skills of hospitality management professionals.