Sharr Prohaska







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Areas of Interest

Cultural heritage

Sharr Steele-Prohaska
Clinical Associate Professor

Professor Sharr Prohaska received a B.S. in History from Portland State University and an M.A. in Tourism Management from The George Washington University. Sharr also studied urban tourism and rural tourism at Christ Church College in Oxford, England. For the past year, Sharr has served as Chair of the Tisch Center. Prior to serving as a full-time faculty in 2008, Sharr served 13 years as the undergraduate programs director for the Tisch Center.  Before joining SPS Tisch Center, Sharr served as Chair of the tourism department at the University of New Haven and also taught at The George Washington University. Professor Prohaska is recognized for her expertise in cultural heritage tourism and sustainable tourism planning and development. Her other interests of include sustainable tourism, rural tourism, tourism planning, Native American tourism, and product development. Among the courses she teaches are Cultural Heritage Tourism, Applied Research, Tourism Planning and Policy, Tourism Product Development, Destination Analysis, Destinations and Cultures, and Tourism Impacts and Issues. Sharr enjoys teaching all students and incorporating the theory with applied class projects throughout New York City  Sharr has  taken many Tisch Center students to study in the summer at Prague and Berlin for at least 10 years as part of her commitment to educating students about international issues and destinations.


  • Books: Professor Prohaska contributed a chapter about Native American Tourism  for Tourism and Cultural Change.
  • Professor Prohaska contributed a chapter about Trends in Cultural Heritage Tourism for Island Tourism.
  • She has been quoted numerous times about tourism trends and issues in local and national publications.
  • As a professional consultant, she has prepared many reports related to various aspects of tourism.


  • SPS Distinguished Teaching Award
  • SPS Distinguished Administrator Award