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Institute for Tourism Studies

Origins

Institute Director Gerald F. BoberThe Institute for Tourism Studies was created through a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs and the Illinois Bureau of Tourism. The vision and support of Governor George Ryan and State Representative Terry Parke made assistance possible. The Director of the Institute is Dr. Gerald F. Bober (picture left).

The Institute for Tourism Studies is located in Roosevelt University's Manfred Steinfeld School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. The school provides the only university programs in Illinois that offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the specialized field of Hospitality and Tourism management - and its programs rank among the top in the nation.

Mission

The Mission of Roosevelt University's Institute for Tourism Studies is to support the Hospitality and Tourism Industry through research, leadership education and development and a variety of specific programs.

A special focus of the Institute is development of educationally oriented projects that address the industry's labor needs and to foster research useful to the industry.

Work in Progress

Our Web Site. The Institute's internet web site provides Tourism and Hospitality Resources on the Web, a Discussion Forum of presentations on various facets of the industry, a Hospitality Careers Link featuring current employment opportunities, Hospitality and Tourism Education in Illinois sites, and a variety of other information useful to the hospitality and tourism industry.

Post Secondary and Secondary Education. The Institute has developed internet university level courses, Introduction to Tourism and the Social and Economic Impact of Tourism, teacher education courses, including Methods of Teaching Hospitality and Tourism, Methods of Cooperative Education in Hospitality and Tourism, and three industry courses for teachers in Lodging, Food & Beverage Management and Tourism Management. Several high school teachers from districts throughout Illinois have participated in these graduate courses though scholarships provided by Institute.

These courses in Tourism are being offered to high school students and community college students as well as university students. In certain high school districts, advanced placement university credit can be earned by high school students while the courses apply toward high school graduation.

State-wide Teacher Conference. In order to foster career awareness and training of high school teachers a state-wide conference for teachers is being planned in conjunction with the annual Illinois Governor's Conference on Tourism. The teachers' conference will feature academic support to teachers currently or planning to teaching hospitality and tourism in high schools throughout Illinois.

Manpower Study. A comprehensive study of manpower needs in all aspects of hospitality and tourism is underway. This study seeks to determine current and future manpower needs in direct and indirect careers so that appropriate recruiting, education and training can be planned.

Career Video.video depicting a spectrum of careers in hospitality and tourism has been developed for use in career awareness in the secondary schools and community colleges of Illinois. The purpose of the video and the classroom visitor program that is being developed is to generate understanding and consideration of the variety of excellent careers available to those properly trained to accept the challenges and opportunities of one of the world's largest industries.