Lorie Tuma, Ed.D.

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Lorie Tuma, Ed.D., Assistant Professor

Office Address: 231C Richard M. DeVos Center - Pew Campus
Phone: (616) 331-8868
Email: tumal@gvsu.edu

Teaching Areas:
HTM 202 - International Tourism
HTM 237 - Fundamentals of Recreation and Leisure Programming
HTM 330 - International Event Management
HTM 437 - Leadership in Recreation and Leisure
HTM 440 - Advanced Meeting and Event Management

After serving as a faculty member at the University of Alabama and at Central Michigan University, Dr. Tuma joined Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in 2014 as a tenure-track assistant professor in hospitality and tourism.  Her career began as an international flight attendant with Pan American World Airways.  Later, as a multiple franchisee for Carlson Companies, her practical experience in event management and recreation programming evolved as she coordinated events for the 2002 State of Michigan Gubernatorial campaign and taught event planning for three years in the Middle East (Qatar). Tuma also developed a global event management curriculum for Meeting Professionals International (MPI), and founded two MPI university student clubs.

Dr. Tuma 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 consecutive years for her work on social change. She served as a Visiting Scholar at Vancouver Island University for the World Leisure Organization, and presented her research on sustainable tourism and social media before the United Nations World Tourism Organization in Murcia, Spain. 

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

Scholarship and Service:
Dr. Tuma’s research focuses on the use of social media in the recreation, tourism, and hospitality industry, and sustainability in outdoor recreation. She writes case studies on community-based learning and creates internship opportunities in the USA and Europe. Dr. Tuma also co-founded the Beyond Hands On program, which has provided hundreds of students with practical hands-on learning experiences at the Country Music Association, Boston Marathon, numerous Super Bowls, The Food Network, Carnival Cruise Lines and multiple film festivals nationwide. 

Dr. Tuma currently serves as the faculty advisor for GVSU's Parks, Adventure, and Recreation Club (PARC) and Alpha Sigma Tau. She is an avid camper; a trusted companion to a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named “ Dabo Swinney” and loves college football. Since 2010, Dr. Tuma will have taken 121 students to the Cannes Film Festival where they are provided opportunities to coordinate events for The American Pavilion.