Dr. Lorie Tuma of the GVSU Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management has been named a Visiting Scholar at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Dr. Tuma will spend two weeks at VIU (in October 2017) and while on campus will team-teach SLM 602: Case Studies in Sustainability and Innovation, a graduate course in the MA in Sustainable and Leisure Management program. Dr. Tuma will also present at WorldVIU Points, a speaking series organized by the VIU World Leisure Centre of Excellence.
The Visiting Scholar Program is designed to bring local and international leaders to VIU to engage with students, faculty, and the Vancouver Island region. The purpose of this engagement is to enrich the student experience, to share research and professional experiences, and to explore possibilities for future collaborations (such as research projects, student and faculty exchanges, study tours, etc.). The faculty in the Department of Recreation and Tourism at VIU is one of the largest leisure-related programs in Canada, and includes funded Research Chairs. The Department is active in research, international activity, and community projects. The MA program at VIU is housed within the Department of Recreation and Tourism, which is recognized as a “Centre of Excellence” by the World Leisure Organization. The MA program prepares emerging leaders to create innovative approaches for providing recreation and tourism opportunities in ways that respect and enhance communities, natural settings, and local economies. For more information on VIU and the Visiting Scholar Program: www.worldleisureviu.org.