Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator
Barbados uh cum from ... and I love to travel!
Ph.D. Tourism, University of Florida (2008), Fulbright/OAS for Eastern Caribbean 2004-06
M.Sc. Natural Resource Management, University of the West Indies, Barbados (2002)
B.Sc. Hotel Management, University of the West Indies, Bahamas & Jamaica (1995, First Class Hons.)
I was born and raised in Barbados, a beautiful island in the Eastern Caribbean. I joined CSUN in fall 2008 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation & Tourism Management. It has been a marvelous challenge thus far, allowing me to use my professional experience in managing and consulting in the tourism industry to really engage my students in the classroom and in the field. I have had the pleasure of both visiting and working in many of the countries of the Caribbean and plan to share my home with my students as much as possible. This plan got off to a great start with a study trip to the Cayman Islands during spring break 2009. I'm sure my Tourism Planning class will agree that this fieldwork definitely enhanced the quality of their university experience. Since the Cayman Islands trip my students have gone with me on study/research trips or conferences to Utah, Barbados, the Bahamas, Cuba, Spain, and a number of California destinations including Santa Barbara, Sacramento and Catalina Island.
My exciting journey is ongoing with slavery heritage tourism research in the Caribbean and tourism education research in Barbados. Both heritage and education are crucial to sustainability in tourism. On the campus sustainability side I continue to work projects which help me to engage my students in service learning activities for the campus and wider communites.
Myrresearch interests include 'greening' or environmental management in hospitality & tourism; slavery heritage and how it is used for tourism puposes; ecotourism and nature-based tourism; tourism impacts; and community participation in tourism. I am currently conducting research on tourism education in secondary schools in the Caribbean, and slavery heritage used by the tourism sector in the Caribbean.
I'm a faculty associate with CSUN's Institute for Sustainability and an active member of the core greening committee. As part of my work with the Institute I teach sustainability related courses, sit on the campus sustainability curriculum committee, and sit on the steering committee for MataSphere - a sustainability themed living community in CSUN Student Housing.
I am also a member of the International Association for Society & Natural Resources, Travel & Tourism Research Association, US Travel Association and California Travel Association.
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
* Tourism Forum at CSUN featuring Distinguished Visiting Speaker:
Mr. Hugh Riley
CEO & Secretary General
*Minor in Sustainability!
The goal of the new program is to broadly educate students about the fundamental concepts of sustainability including economic, environmental, and social aspects. It is designed to supplement education in other disciplines and to provide knowledge of the considerations necessary to make decisions in a world where resources are limited.
The minor comprises three core courses in sustainability (SUST300, SUST310, SUST401) and three electives to be selected from existing courses within departments throughout the university (18 units total).
The minor is housed in the Department of Liberal Studies in the College of Humanities, and advisors are located in Education Room 100.
out & about
Alternative Tourism class visit to the LA84 Foundation - the legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles
Commencement, Spring 2011
Cultural Tourism field trip to Julian, CA. Spring 2011
RTM grad students orientation, 2010
Tourism planning class with students from the University College of the Cayman Islands, spring break 2009
Hiking in Mount Waterman with CSUN Outdoor Adventures, March 2009
Hiking Trail Canyon with CSUN Outdoor Adventures, February 2009