• Community Sense of Place Community Sense of Place Tourism Impacts and Second Home Development: A Sustainable Approach
  • Climate, Weather, and Tourism Climate, Weather, and Tourism Tourism destinations and their individual tourism businesses are all vying for tourists at their respective locations.
  • Engagement and Community Engagement and Community In partnership with the Office of Engagement, Innovation, and Economic Development.
  • Rural Tourism Rural Tourism Sustaining rural America is one of today's pressing issues.
  • RESET RESET Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity in Tourism
  • US Travel Care Code US Travel Care Code The United States Travel Care Code has been developed and is managed by the Center for Sustainable Tourism.
  • RETI RETI The Renewable Energy in Tourism Initiative
  • Tourism and Entrepreneurship Tourism and Entrepreneurship Developing the local tourism industry as part of an economic development strategy.

Affiliate Faculty

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.

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Mel Weber
Hospitality Management and Sustainable Tourism

Melvin R. Weber

Assistant Professor, Department of Hospitality Management
Vice-President, Southeast Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education
RW-316 Rivers
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Voice: 252-328-2351
FAX: 252-328-4276

Community Outreach Interests

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.

Research Interests

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.

Notable Publications

  • Weber, M. (2008). An exploratory study: Relationships between Bloom's Taxonomy and Keirsey's Temperament Sorter. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, 19(4), 21–27.
  • Chandler, J. A., Weber, M., & Finley, D. A. (2007). Assessing teaching effectiveness in a basic foods laboratory: Phase one – Delphi panel. Submitted to the Journal of Culinary Science and Technology.
  • Chandler, J. A., Weber, M., & Finley, D. A. (2007). Evaluating teaching effectives in a quantity food laboratory. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, 19(3), 23–31.
  • Weber, M., Chandler, J. A., & Finley, D. A. (2005). Evaluating teaching effectiveness in a quantity food laboratory: Phase three – student feedback. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, 18(2), 28–35.
  • Weber, M., & Ehlert, M. (2005). Relationships between students' scores on performance assessment (PA) and paper and pencil tests (PPT) in a foods preparation course. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, 17(2), 57–63.
  • Weber, M., & Finley, D. A. (2007). Pilot test to identify soft skill competencies in hospitality management. Frontiers in Southeast CHRIE Hospitality and Tourism Research, 11(2), 60–63.


  • HMGT 4450: Hospitality and Dietetics Human Resource Management
  • HMGT 2591: Field Experience in Hospitality Management
  • HMGT 1350: Introduction to Hospitality Management

Sustainable Tourism | Mel Weber

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