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Hospitality, Tourism & Event Management Faculty

Niki Davis

Program Director, Professor of Practice

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Quigley Hall, 207-C
Office: 618-453-7516
Dept: 618-453-3307
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Dr. Niki Davis began her career in media, marketing, and event planning and actively participates on event committees to help plan anything from local community events to large national conferences. She regularly draws on her personal experience when teaching to help connect industry to the classroom. Dr. full profile >>

John Farrish

Assistant Professor

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Quigley Hall, 213-D
Office: 618-453-5192
Dept: 618-453-3307
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Dr. John Farrish spent the first twenty-five years of his professional life as a manager in fine hotels including the Fairmont Hotel and the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco and Bally's Casino Resort in Las Vegas where he was the Room Service and Hospitality Sales Manager for five years. He spent full profile >>

Walter Griffin

Assistant Lecturer

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Office: 618-453-4151
Dept: 618-453-3307
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Dr. Clarke Griffin received his bachelor’s degree in culinary management from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, M.B.A. from McKendree University, and Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from Concordia University-Portland. Dr. Griffin's industry experience includes working with Marriott full profile >>

Ravi Karan

Associate Lecturer

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Quigley Hall, 207-C
Office: 618-453-7515
Dept: 618-453-3307
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Mr. Karan has over 20 years of management experience in the hospitality industry in the United States, India, the United Kingdom and Singapore. With strong academic qualifications and professional industry experience, he has been teaching multiple courses in areas of hospitality and tourism management. Mr. full profile >>

Sylvia Smith


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Quigley Hall, 209-B
Office: 618-536-7567
Dept: 618-453-3307
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Dr. Sylvia Smith joined the faculty at SIU in 2007. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee while completing research on Culinary Tourism. Her interest in food is what landed her in Carbondale, Illinois. During one of her interviews, she had a chance to visit the local full profile >>

Gemma Wenner

Assistant Lecturer

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Office: 618-453-5193
Dept: 618-453-3307
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Originally from the Caribbean region, Dr. Gemma Wenner speaks French, Spanish, and English. She loves to travel, and her travels have taken her to 65-different countries, which has enhanced her understanding of cultural heritage, as well as the many economic dynamics that travel stimulates within many full profile >>