Robert Robins

Affiliate Professor
Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

278C DeVos Center
Grand Valley State University
401 W. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI  49504

TEL: (616) 331-8867
FAX: (616) 331-3115


A.A. in Business Management (Cum Laude), Northwood University
B.B.A. in Business Management (Magna Cum Laude), Northwood University
M.S.A in Recreation and Park Administration, Central Michigan University
M.Ed. in Education Technology, Grand Valley State University

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, concentration in Educational Technology (in progress)


Professor Robins mentors students in the areas of Adventure Tourism.

HTM 213 - Introduction to Food and Beverage Management
HTM 250 - Food Production and Kitchen Management
HTM 268 - Adventure Tourism
HTM 333 - Property Management
HTM 368 - Geotourism
HTM 402 - Tourism Policy Issues


Professor Robins has spent over 30 years in the hospitality industry, notably as an Executive Chef for a number of West Michigan restaurants and clubs, and as a private Club Manager.  He earned his Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation from the Club Managers Association of America in 1997.  Robert also holds the Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE), and C.A.R.E. Instructor designations from the American Hotel and Lodging Association.  Currently, Robert is working on his doctorate in Education Technology at Central Michigan University.

Robert is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, as well as an Expedition Level One Tri-Mix diver.  Robert is also an instructor in CPR, AED, Wilderness First Aid and Oxygen Provider for the American Red Cross, Divers Alert Network and Emergency First Responders.  Robert also enjoys sailing, particularly Tall Ship Schooners and holds a 100 Ton Captains License in the Merchant Marines.  When not sailing, Robert likes to go kayaking, camping, climbing and is a licensed private pilot with a complex airplane rating.

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