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Retailing and Tourism Management


Faculty members in the Department of Retailing and Tourism Management feature a variety of research themes.  The hard work and credibility of our faculty members have allowed their research to be published in several peer-reviewed journals, books, abstracts, and more.

Pictured (below), Dr. Min-Young Lee received the Patricia Brantley Todd Award of Excellence in Human Environmental Sciences in Research in 2011.


Dr. Ann Vail and Mrs. Patricia Brantley Todd present Min Young Lee The Award of Excellence.


Research conducted by our Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles faculty members includes:

  • Cross-cultural Consumer Decision Making
  • Rural Retail Development
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Socially Responsible Consumption
  • Consumer behaviors in new retail formats
  • International retailing and retailing for ethnic consumers
  • Sustainable Retailing
  • Shopping Behavior of Specialty Markets
  • Consumer Decision Making
  • Laundry fundamentals of consumer and institutional textiles
  • Quality Control evaluation of apparel and textiles
  • Protective clothing
  • Immigrant Women's Dress: Identity and Acculturation
  • Relationship between social, cultural and personal identity and dress
  • Relationship between emotional and physical disability and appearance
  • Feminist theory and meanings of dress
  • Dress and gender
  • Dress and the Public, Private & Secret Self Model
  • Re-enactment Costuming
  • Assessing needs of Ghanaian Female Clothing Entrepreneurs

Research conducted by our Hospitality Management and Tourism faculty members includes:

  • Hospitality and Event Management
  • Consumer behavior in service settings
  • Consumer engagement strategies, loyalty programs, drivers of attendee loyalty to events, and impacts of events on host communities
  • Tourism planning for the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area in Central, Illinois
  • Aspiring Innkeeper's Guide for the Bed & Breakfast Association of Kentucky
  • Analysis of paddle trail demand in North Carolina
  • Emerging trends in tourism industry business sectors throughout the United States
  • Festival and event visitor research
  • Tax implications on restaurant demand
  • Tourism Policy in Antarctica
  • Poverty alleviation in developing countries through sustainable tourism
  • Small and medium hospitality & tourism enterprise economic development in developing countries
  • Tourism issues in Kentucky
  • Curriculum and didactic materials development in hospitality & tourism at both the university and vocational & tertiary levels

For a complete list of faculty member publications please click the links below.


Min-Young Lee, Ph.D.

  • 2011 Patricia Brantley Todd Award of Excellence in Research ($1,000), University of Kentucky
  • 2009 Best Research Paper from Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles fall conference, Seoul, Korea, Oct. 16.
  •  2008 Best Retail Research Paper from American Collegiate Retailing Association (ACRA), May 2008. “Segmenting online auction consumers.”

Scarlett Wesley, Ph.D.

  • Highly Commended Paper Award from the Emerald Publishing Literati Network Awards for Excellence for Tourist shoppers’ satisfaction with regional shopping mall experiences, International Journal of Culture, Tourism, and Hospitality Research, 2008
  • Highly Commended Paper Award presented by the Journal of Managing Service Quality, Retail Personality and the Hispanic consumer:  Attitudes about American retailers, European Institute of Retailing and Services Studies Conference Proceedings, 2005
  • Centennial Future 100 Award presented by School of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Kentucky, 2007

Tracy Lu, Ph.D.

  • Who’s who in America 2014
  • Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Hospitality and Event Management
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Qualitative Research in Services
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Tourism Anthropology
  • Best Paper Award, World Convention on Hospitality, Tourism & Events Research (WHTER) & International Convention and Expo Summit (ICES) 2013, May 24nd – 28th, 2013, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Best Paper Award, International Convention and Expo Summit 2012, May 22 - 24, 2012, Hong Kong, China.
  • Media Recognition in Horizon, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, Fall Issue, 2011
  • Media Recognition in Boilerplate, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue University, Fall Issue, 2010
  • Norma H. Compton Outstanding Doctoral Student Award Nomination, School of Consumer Sciences, Purdue University, 2010
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue University, 2010

Kimberly Miller-Spillman, Ph.D.

  • Nominated, ITAA Best Paper Award in the Historic/Cultural track for the 2006 International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Meeting. “Measuring the effectiveness of Dress and Culture courses: Are students becoming more pluralistic?” co-authored with S. O. Michelman, nominated: July 7, 2006.
  • Berg Fashion Library, Winner of the 2011 Dartmouth Medal, 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair Digital Award, 2011 Bookseller Future Book Award for Best Website. S. Michelman and K. Miller-Spillman published “Gender, dress and fashion” in The Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion (vol. 2, pp. 128-134). New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

Jason Swanson, Ph.D.

  • In 2012, he was named to the inaugural class of Forty for the Future, a national program recognizing tourism’s leading talent under the age of 40. 
  • 2014 Early Career Outstanding Teacher Award from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Student Council
    Jason Swanson

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