Distinguished Speaker Series
EFTI’s Distinguished Speaker Series Program offers an excellent opportunity to invite outstanding national and international speakers to address various tourism related topics from various sectors that includes academics, industry, non-government organizations, government, etc. In addition to the featured presentation, the speakers provide an interactive dialogue with faculty and students in various settings such as panels, issues forums, informal discussions, seminars, and classroom visits. The objective of the Speaker Series is to encourage discussion and debate about innovative ideas, contemporary issues, as well as an opportunity to network for faculty and students.
Speakers are nominated and approved by the core members of the Institute with input from the faculty in the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management. Speakers are invited to campus during the fall and spring semesters, and the number of speakers varies during the academic year. EFTI also partners with various Affiliate Centers, Institutes and Programs with respect to jointly hosting speakers, and is largely dependent on the ability to reach a broad audience on campus. Speaker Series are advertised on campus via various electronic and print outlets. Typically, the coordination of a speaker’s travel logistics and associated expenses are all covered by EFTI and other available funding sources.
The Distinguished Speakers Series Program is extremely beneficial for faculty and students as well as for the speakers. Currently, an excellent opportunity exists to financially support the Speaker Series through an endowment as well as Naming rights. For more information, please visit: Support EFTI.
For a list of upcoming speakers, click here.
Below is a sample of speakers that have visited in the past few years:
- Dr. Catheryn Khoo-Lattimore, Fulbright Scholar 2014, Taylor’s University, “Gender and Travel Accommodation: An Investigation into the Needs of All-Female Travel Groups” For photos of the event, click here.
- Dr. Linda L. Caldwell, Penn State University, “Promoting Adolescent Development and Health through Leisure: Selected Findings & Cultural Considerations”
- Muna Haddad, Baraka, Jordan, “Preserving Local Culture through Tourism” For photos of the event, click here
- Dr. Andrew Lepp & Dr. Jacob Barkley, Kent State University, Ohio, U.S. “College Student’s Cell Phone Use Found to be Negatively Associated with Leisure Time Physical Activity, Fitness and Academic Performance”
- Dr. Clement Fasan, Lagos State University, Nigeria, Africa. “African Sports: Prospects and Challenges”
- Dr. Mark Rosentraub, University of Michigan, Michigan, U.S. “Sports Facilities and Urban Revitalization: What Really Does Work (and Why), and What Does Not”
- Nina Alekseeva, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation. “Sochi 2014 Green Olympics: Strategies and Challenges of Destination Management”
- Joie Chitwood, III, Daytona International Speedway, Florida, U.S. “How a UF Grad Became the President of the Two Biggest Race Tracks in the World”
- Keith Harrison, Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, Florida, U.S. “A Jay-Z Career Blueprint Approach to the Game: Lessons for College Students Seeking Opportunities in Sport Business and Entertainment Management”
- Rhodri Thomas, Leeds Metropolitan University, West Yorkshire, U.K. “Exploring the Research: Practice Nexus in Tourism”
- Teresa Penbrooke, GreenPlay, LLC, Colorado, U.S. “New Directions for Parks and Recreations”
- Stephen McCool, University of Montana, Montana, U.S. “Some Devils, A Few Details and a Couple of Dilemmas in the Search for Sustainable Tourism”
- Levent Altinay, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, U.K. “Linking Research to Hospitality Education”
- Dogan Gursoy, Washington State University, Washington, U.S. “Leadership in Multigenerational Work Environments”
- Thomas. E. Drabek, University of Denver, Colorado, U.S. “Emergency Management Applications for Tourism & Hospitality”
- Amy Gregory, Marriott Vacation Club International, Florida, U.S. “Vacation Ownership: From Opportunistic Real Estate Sales to an Internationally Branded Industry”
- Kishore Rao, World Heritage Center-UNESCO, Paris, France. “World Heritage, Climate Change and Sustainability”
- Deborah Kerstetter, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, U.S. “Role of Marketing in a Pennsylvanian Convention and Visitors Bureau”
- Kelly Bricker, University of Utah, Utah, U.S. “Ecotourism Initiatives in the International Ecotourism Society”
- Ian Baxter, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, U.K. “UK Perspectives on Values in Heritage Tourism”
- Trevor Sofield, University of Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia. “An Asian Perspective on Ecotourism: Universal Principles or Culturally Determined Values?”
- Packianathan Chelladurai, Ohio State University, Ohio, U.S. “The Research Process: Personal Experiences”
- Joseph McInerney, American Hotel & Lodging Association, Washington, DC, U.S. “The Role of American Hotel and Lodging Association and Tourism”
- Paul Cohen, Partner Concepts, Washington, DC, U.S. “Planning for the Beijing Olympics: A Case of Marketing and Development”
- Drew Martin, University of Hawaii-Hilo, Hawaii, U.S. “Moving Beyond the Consumer Decision Funnel: Introducing the Structure and Process Model for Travelers’ Decision Making Processes”
- Mitch Gross, Travel Guard, Wisconsin, U.S. “The Role of Insurance in the Travel Industry”
- Barry Pitegoff, Visit Florida, Florida, U.S. “Research Needs for the Florida Tourism Industry”
- Christopher Schons, Florida Department of State, Florida, U.S. “Involvement of Florida Department of State in Tourism”