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Lorie A. Tuma

Lorie A. Tuma

Assistant Professor
Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

231C DeVos Center
Grand Valley State University
401 W. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

TEL: (616) 331-8868
FAX: (616) 331-3115

HTM 101 - Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism
HTM 202 - International Tourism
HTM 237 - Fundamentals of Recreation and Leisure Programming
HTM 330 - International Event Management
HTM 440 - Advanced Meeting and Event Management

Dr. Tuma joined GVSU in 2014 as a tenure-track assistant professor after serving as a faculty member at the University of Alabama and Central Michigan University.  Her career in tourism and hospitality began with Pan American World Airways as an international flight attendant.  Her practical experience in event management and recreation programming evolved as a multiple franchisee for Carlson Companies.  Tuma coordinated events for the 2002 State of Michigan Gubernatorial campaign.  She also developed a global event management curriculum for Meeting Professionals International (MPI), and taught event planning in the Middle East (Qatar) for three consecutive years.  Tuma founded two MPI student clubs and currently serves as the faculty advisor for GVSU's Parks, Recreation and Adventure Club (PARC) and Alpha Sigma Tau.  She co-founded the Beyond Hands On program which has provided students with community-based learning experiences at the Country Music Association, Boston Marathon and the Super Bowl.  Students have also worked directly with The Food Network, Carnival Cruise Lines and at multiple film festivals nationwide.  To date, Tuma has taken 86 students over seven years to the Cannes Film Festival in south France.  This experience provides opportunities to coordinate events for The American Pavilion and various other international film-related organizations.

In 2017, Tuma presented her research on sustainable tourism and social media before the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Murcia, Spain. Later that year, she served as a Visiting Scholar at Vancouver Island University (VIU) and team-taught SLM 602: Case Studies in Sustainability and Innovation, a graduate course in the MA in Sustainable and Leisure Management program. She also delivered a public lecture on her research as part of the World VIUPoints Speaker Series hosted by the World Leisure Centre of Excellence at VIU.

A.A., Mid-Michigan Community College
B.S., Central Michigan University
M.S.A., Central Michigan University
Ed.D., Walden University

Dr. Tuma's research and case studies focus on:

  • the use of social media in the recreation and tourism industry
  • community-based learning and student programming
  • development of international, industry-related work experiences

Dr. Tuma has studied participant-based learning at Harvard Business School and is the co-editor of, The Source: A Guide to Academic Journals in Hospitality, Leisure, Tourism & Travel. She has published nationally and presented internationally while receiving the Walden University Research Dissemination Award two years consecutively for her work on social change.