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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

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School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management 

Robin DiPietro

Robin DiPietro, Ph.D., Director

Robin DiPietro serves as director for the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, and is a professor as well as director of the International Institute for Foodservice Research and Education (IIFRE) DiPietro's research interests include multi-unit management in the hospitality industry and human resource issues related to foodservice management.

Kevin Ayres

Kevin Ayres, M.S., B.S., Instructor

Kevin Ayres' areas of expertise are in small business startups, concession event management, food safety and sanitation (Serve-Safe instructor), airport operations.

David Cardenas

David Cardenas, Ph.D., M.S., Associate Dean of Academics, Associate Professor

Associate Professor David Cardenas serves as associate dean of academics. Cardenas' research interests include sustainable development, resident attitudes, and tourism education.

Jessica Chavis

Jessica Pack Chavis, M.S., Club Management Instructor

Jessica Chavis is a graduate of the HRTM master’s program at UofSC and teaches courses in club management. Chavis brings industry experience in clubhouse food and beverage areas.

Cathy Gustafson

Catherine Gustafson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, C.C.M., C.H.E.

In addition to her teaching, Catherine Gustafson's research interests include private clubs and resorts, training and professional development, service excellence, food and beverage trends, retention of members/customers, employee engagement, including supervisory level.

Rich Harrill

Rich Harrill, Ph.D., Director, International Tourism Research Institute and Research Professor

Rich Harrill serves as director for the International Tourism Research Institute and also as director for the International Tourism Research Institute. Harrill's research interests are in the areas of tourism planning and policy, destination marketing and management, tourism as an economic development tool, tourism in growth markets, Asia-Pacific tourism, and Caribbean tourism.

George Hendry

George Hendry, Director for McCutchen House and Senior Lecturer

George Hendry serves as director of the McCutchen House and senior lecturer in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. Hendry also coordinates the Culinary Institute at Carolina, located in the McCutchen House. Prior to coming to the University of South Carolina, Hendry opened and operated local restaurants in the Poconos of Pennsylvania, and later opened two of of his own restaurants. 

Walter Jackson

Walter Jackson, Production Chef

Walter Jackson is a production chef for the McCutchen House in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. In this roll, Jackson's duties include teaching the management side of quantity food production, working with students on food preparation, kitchen safety and basic culinary knowledge. He is also responsible for assisting with events within the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management in and outside the McCutchen House. In addition, Jackson serves as assistant to the University of South Carolina's First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides during her healthy Mediterranean cooking classes and with HRTM 370 - Restaurant Food Production Management. 

Kawon "Kathy" Kim

Kawon "Kathy" Kim, Assistant Professor

Kathy Kawon received her Ph.D. in hospitality and tourism management from the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., in 2017. Prior to that, Kim received her M.A. in hotel and restaurant management from Conrad N. Hilton College, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, in 2011. In addition, Kim holds a B.S. in foods and nutrition / consumer science (Suma Cum Laude) from Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea, in 2009.

Christopher Knezevich

Christopher Knezevich, Instructor

Christopher Knezevich serves as an instructor in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. Knezevich comes to the Columbia campus after serving as Palmetto College coordinator at the University of South Carolina Sumter since January 2018. Knezevich’s career background includes restaurant management and finance.

Miyoung Jeong

Miyoung Jeong, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Miyoung  Jeong joined the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management in August, 2015, as an associate professor. Jeong teaches in the areas of advanced meeting management, 
hospitality technology, lodging operations and event management. In January 2018, she was named professor.

Bill Knapp

William R. Knapp, F.M.P., C.E.C., C.C.A., M.I.H.T.M., Instructor

Bill Knapp serves as instructor in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. Knapp's areas of professional expertise are menu management, purchasing, restaurant operations, food safety and sanitation, food systems and sustainability.

Marketa Kubickova

Marketa Kubickova, Ph.D., M.S., Associate Professor, Ph.D. Program Director

Marketa Kubickova's research interests mainly focus on competitiveness, hotel sustainability, the role of government, with special emphasis on developing countries. 

Robby Lybrand

Robert Lybrand, MBA, B.S., Chef Instructor

Robby Lybrand has more than 22 years of experience in the restaurant and foodservice industry. During that time he has held many positions such as executive chef, restaurant owner, catering director and food and beverage director. Lybrand has also worked in several different sectors of the foodservice and hospitality industry, including private clubs, corporate restaurants, private restaurants, as well as a corporate theme park restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse, in Walt Disney World.

Drew Martin

Drew Martin, Ph.D., Professor

Drew Martin received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, and his MBA and B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. Prior to taking his current position, Martin was professor of marketing (2004-2016) and interim dean (2016-17) at University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Fang Meng

Fang Meng, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Research Associate

Fang Meng serves as assistant professor and research associate for the Richardson Family SmartState Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development. Meng's research areas of interest are destination marketing and management, tourism economic development, tourist behavior/experience and international tourism.

Brian Mihalik

Brian J. Mihalik, Ph.D., William McFall "Mac" Pearce Professor

Brian Mihalik is a William McFall "Mac" Pearce Professor. His research areas of interest are the investigation of global and mega-events such as the Olympic Games. Mihalik also researches the internationalization of education.

Becky Moran

Becky Moran, Program Manager, McCutchen House

Becky Moran serves as program manager for the Mccutchen House and the Culinary and Wine and Beverage Institutes at UofSC.

Charles Partlow

Charles G. Partlow, Ph.D., Professor

Charlie Partlow's research areas of interest are strategy and management practices within the hospitality industry, and human resource issues related to quality management.

Georgia Petritsis

Georgia Petritsis, Program Coordinator

Georgia Petritsis has been with the college since 2012, and brings project and event management experience from her time at the New York Philharmonic and the New York Botanical Garden. Petritsis builds and coordinates the master schedule, facilitates curriculum development, manages the budget and oversees logistical needs of the department. She serves as the point of contact for the program and keeps faculty, staff and students informed of relevant news and events.

Ashley Richardson

Ashley Richardson, M.S., Internship Director and Clinical Instructor

Ashley Richardson serves as internship director and clinical instructor for the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. Richardson supervises approximately 800 HRTM majors in their two required work experiences.

Scott Smith

Scott Smith, Ph.D., C.M.P., Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Scott Smith serves as associate professor and director of graduate studies for the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. Smith's research interests are in the areas of revenue management, pricing in the hospitality industry, consumer's perceptions of fairness, utilizing advances in technology to improve the guest's experience.

Sandy Strick

Sandy K. Strick, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Wine and Beverage Institute

Sandy Strick serves as associate professor and director for the Wine and Beverage Institute. Strick's research interests are in the areas of employment diversity in the hospitality industry, wine tourism, wine marketing, and meeting and convention issues and trends.

Ercan Turk

Ercan S. Turk, Ph.D., Professor

Ercan Turk serves as a professor in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management. Turk's research areas of interest are tourism policy and development through sustainable tourism, quantitative analysis: international tourism and marketing research, and destination marketing and management.


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