LAKERS TOGETHER: Grand Valley is preparing for successful learning experiences when classes resume on Aug. 31. Learn more about the plan for fall in this handbook.
Office Address: 231C Richard M. DeVos Center - Pew Campus
Phone: (616) 331-8868
HTM 101 - Intro to the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
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
Dr. Tuma joined Grand Valley State University (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 event 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 programming 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 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 121 students over 10 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 the development of social media curriculum before the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Murcia, Spain. In 2018, 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 as part of the World VIU Points 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
CPRP | Certified Parks and Recreation Professional, National Association of Parks and Recreation
Participant Based Learning | Harvard Business School
Case Method Discussion | Harvard Business School
Scholarship and Service:
Dr. Tuma’s research and case studies focus on the correlation between social media and community, the development of international learning experiences and community-based learning.
Dr. Tuma studied participant-based learning and case-method discussion 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.