Tourism Scholar, Dr. Lynn Minnaert, Joins NYU-SCPS Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management as Clinical Assistant Professor


NEW YORK, August 20, 2013 — The NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management has appointed Dr. Lynn Minnaert to the Tisch Center faculty as a clinical assistant professor. Minnaert will begin teaching a range of tourism courses beginning in the fall to undergraduate and graduate students.

Minnaert, a tourism scholar specializing in socially excluded groups, has published widely on this issue, reporting on research in different geographical perspectives in edited books, book chapters, and various academic journals. She has been funded for social tourism research by the Economic and Social Research Council and by the European Union.

Previously, she was a senior lecturer in Tourism and Events and the program leader of the Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management at the University of Surrey.

“We are pleased to welcome Lynn to NYU’s Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management,” said Tisch Center Divisional Dean Bjorn Hanson. “Her well-recognized research and extensive experience in the field of tourism will benefit our students and enhance our program. She will be a valuable addition to our faculty as we develop and grow our tourism curricula.”

Minnaert also specializes in mega-events, such as the Olympic Games, and conference and exhibition management. She has led professional and academic courses on these subjects in the UK and at various international locations. Her research focus is social inclusion and social sustainability in events, having conducted research projects into the social impacts of the Olympics and social legacy initiatives in the meetings industry. Her latest study examined diversity and inclusion strategies in the context of London 2012, analyzing perspectives from The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games, the Olympic Delivery Authority, and the Host Borough Unit.

“The NYU-SCPS Tisch Center has a robust program, and I am thrilled that I will be among the faculty at this top institution,” said Minnaert. “I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues and embrace the opportunity to teach students and assist with their educational development.”

Minnaert is a graduate of the University of Westminster, where she earned an M.A. in Tourism Management and a Ph.D. in Tourism. She also completed a B.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures at Ghent University.

About the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management
Founded in 1995, the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management of the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies was established in response to the growing need for hospitality and tourism undergraduate and graduate education. In 1999, the Tisch Center identified the increasing interest and need for sports business education and added programs on accordingly.

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