Lorri K Krebs
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|1343||01||GPH105||Introduction to Geography|
Lorri Krebs is an Associate Professor in Geography at Salem State University, Massachusetts where she specializes in sustainable tourism development, hospitality and community economic development. She hold a Masters Degree in Geography with an emphasis on ecosystem approaches, parks and protected areas as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, Canada in Geography with an emphasis on tourism, marketing tools, and decision-making. She has extensive international employment experience across various fields in Switzerland, Mexico and Canada. Current research interests include casino development, special events, local food in hospitality, sustainable tourism, and economic development.
Dr. Krebs has been recently appointed as Executive Director of Salem State's Center for Economic Development and Sustainability (CEDS) where much of the grant-funded projects aid non-profit organizations, municipalities and regions in economic development initiatives.
My areas of interest and expertise are varied. The focus of my current research examines strategies employed regionally in pursuit of local economic development. I am also researching indigenous peoples involvement in tourism, quantifying cultural resources and heritage tourism with a focus on Salem, Massachusetts. In addition, I enjoy studying associating teaching methods with learning behavior and creating significant learning experiences using team-based learning.
Other areas of interest which I am pursuing for future research and publication include: GIS and humanities, the importance of information sources, casinos, special events and local food sources for sustainable hospitality and tourism development.
I am currently teaching both undergraduate and graduate tourism, hospitality and economic related courses primarily in the Department of Geography, although I enjoy teaching regional courses such as the Caribbean and the Geography of Canada. I also teach International Business, Introduction to Geography, Marketing, and Travel Seminar, and often will often lead related trips to places such as Walt Disney World. In addition, I have taught Graduate GIS Courses related to computer modelling.
Acting as an Internship coordinator for students in Hospitality and Tourism has been a very rewarding responsibility and students have had some wonderful opportunities to work with our industry partners such as: The Hawthorne Hotel; Destination Salem; MOTT; North of Boston CVB; Foxwoods Casino; Mohegan Sun Casino; Salem Waterfront Hotel; Burton's Grill; Holiday Inn; Marriott Hotels; P.F. Chang; Salem Main Streets; Ipswich Visitor Center - just to name a few.
I am always available to speak with students interested in our undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Tourism Development or our newest Graduate Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
As the appointed Executive Director of the newly created Center for Economic Development & Sustainability (CEDS), I have become more involved in community service, and as a regional resource and grants interface with our Grants Office. Many local businesses, organizations, cities and towns have already become involved with CEDS initiated projects and we continue to seek out opportunities to collaborate with partners to benefit the North Shore, Massachusetts.