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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.
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.