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Faculty Research Grant Recipients

Club Management Culture: A Selection Tool for Determining One’s Fit to the Industry

Mary Dawson is an assistant professor at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. She currently teaches in the area of Cost Controls and Hospitality Education. She previously taught Introduction to Hospitality Management, Restaurant Management, Beverage Management, Safety and Sanitation Methods, Food & Beverage Management, and Hospitality Purchasing. Dr. Dawson is a graduate of the Conrad N. Hilton College with both an undergraduate and Masters Degree. She completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston.

Dr. Dawson has been the recipient of several educational awards including the Fall 1995 Dean’s Award, the Spring 1999 Teaching Excellence Award, the Spring 2003 and 2011 Research Excellence Award, and the 2003 and 2006 Emerald Management Review Citation of Excellence. She was also awarded a Certified Hospitality Educator designation by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Motel Association. more...


Dr. Clemenz shares the results of her Faculty Research Grant Project

Dr. Clemez Dr. Candice Clemenz is currently the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs for the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. Prior to assuming her administrative duties at Tech last July, she developed a new Hospitality program at the University of West Florida (2003-2005), was a faculty member in the Hospitality and Tourism Management department at Virginia Tech (1996-2003), and spent the majority of her industry career working for ClubCorp (1981-1996).

Dr. Clemenz began her career with ClubCorp as Catering Director at a dining club, and subsequently served as (1) Regional Marketing Manager, working primarily in the areas of Club Communications and Catering Revenues, (2) Regional Marketing Director, assigned to 65 clubs in the Northeast United States, focusing on management of revenues generated through membership, catering, golf, tennis, and athletics, and (3) Vice-President of Development, building new clubs and working on turn-around properties. more...