The following interview and post were conducted and written by sophomore, and Tisch Center social media assistant, Camille Aké. Camille will graduate in May 2018 with a B.S. in Hotel and Tourism Management, and a minor in Food Studies.
In the Fall of 2015, the School of Professional Studies formally named Dr. Kristin Lamoureux the new associate dean of the Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism. On December 1st, 2015, her appointment officially came into effect.
Dean Lamoureux is an incredible addition to the Tisch Center, as she is an experienced and awarded scholar in the area of travel and tourism. The Dean’s tourism journey began when she received a Rotary Exchange Student Scholarship and studied at the Catholic University of Ecuador (Universidad Católica del Ecuador). She received an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Tourism and Business, and graduated valedictorian after living and studying in Ecuador for several years. Next she went on to Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, and earned her B.S. in Travel and Tourism Management and an A.S. in Travel and Tourism; she even graduated Summa Cum Laude! With an already impressive education under her belt, the Dean pursued higher education even further by earning not only her Masters, but her Ph.D. as well from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with degrees in Tourism Administration (M.T.A.) and a degree in Business Administration with a focus on Strategic Management and Public Policy/Tourism (Ph.D.).
When asked about her reason for pursuing tourism as opposed to hotels within the hospitality sector, the Dean says her reasons come from her experience of living in South America. She saw a lot of poverty, but could see that tourism could help communities by creating jobs. She also saw the need to protect environment and help women, and in a lot of places, tourism was the only option to address these issues.
Dean Lamoureux has over 20 published papers, over 15 formal presentations, 16 awards and honors, has held over 10 board positions, and that is just the beginning. The Dean’s research spans from strategizing plans to create respectable tourism for Native American Nations, to educating tourism professionals of budding countries so that they have the tools necessary to expand tourism in their own countries. When asked about major career highlights, the Dean mentioned that she has worked in over 50 countries. She has also worked for the US government, foreign governments, the World Bank, the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization), and many conservation groups. She is presently serving as the Special Advisor to the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, and has additionally worked with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
But despite having worked all around the world, Dean Lamoureux is settling down for a while here at NYU. The Dean grew up in Long Island, so she knows New York already. And as for choosing NYU, she says, “NYU has a fabulous reputation in hospitality. Working in hospitality and tourism at NYU allows students and faculty the opportunity to break the traditional mold and instead learn through applied engagement (since hospitality is an applied field).” She continues, “There’s room for research, but doing [hospitality and] tourism can always be done better!”
Of her favorite things about NYU, Dean Lamoureux mentioned three: The students and faculty, the location, and the level of industry engagement through faculty, alumni, and industry partner support.
As the associate dean of the Tisch Center, Dean Lamoureux will cover many different areas, but mostly she will be overseeing all the academic programs, faculty, and students. She will look at the curriculum and see if it meets the needs of the industry today, and hopefully find internships and partnerships that reflect the present industry. She will oversee the hotel investment conference, support faculty, and she will have a ‘Dean’s Leadership Team’ to talk strategy for the future of the Tisch Center. Her main goals for 2016 for the Tisch Center are to have conducted a curriculum review by the end of the year, and to have hopefully established an Industry Advisory Board.
The Dean left the interview with this message: “This is a very exciting time for the Tisch Center and SPS; there are a lot of good things on the horizon. The hotel and tourism industry is stronger than ever. This is a great city to be studying it in, and it is a great time to be studying it! I’m very excited to be a part of the mix, and my door is always open!”
Welcome Dean Lamoureux!