The Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics (HMD) is committed to providing education, research, and outreach to Kansans as well as national and international audiences.
The department offers on-campus and online undergraduate degree programs in dietetics (approximately 250 students) and an undergraduate degree in hospitality management (approximately 260 students) with tracks related to restaurant and foodservice management, lodging management, and events and convention management.
The department offers a master of science degree in Hospitality and Dietetics Administration and an online master of science in Dietetics through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GP-IDEA) program. We also offer a Ph.D. specialization in Hospitality and Dietetics Administration. We have approximately 20 graduate students. The department has about 13 FTE faculty members. The department is known for its high-quality teaching as demonstrated by one faculty member winning the 2013 Presidential Award for Teaching and one winning the Commerce Bank Teaching Award.
Students are encouraged to participate in student organizations — Student Dietetic Association, Hospitality Management Society, Club Managers Association of America, Professional Event Management Society, Eta Sigma Delta, and Graduate Student Association. Students are actively involved in departmental activities such as the Travel and Dining Auction, Shugart Lecture, and the Entrepreneurship Lecture Series.
Faculty and students are involved in funded research related to food safety (focusing on consumer food safety and food safety in retail foodservice) and food allergies. We also have research focused on customer service and organizational behavior. In addition to graduate teaching and research assistantships, we support some undergraduate research assistant positions.
HMD is home to the Center of Excellence for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs, which was established in 2011 to provide science-based solutions to problems impacting food safety in child nutrition programs across the United States. This center is funded by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Office of Food Safety.
HMD faculty members are actively engaged with external groups, both through the Center of Excellence and through faculty departmental activities. HMD hosts “Jump Start” a program for new child nutrition directors in Kansas twice a year, and dietetics students are encouraged to participate. Because of the strong engagement between HMD and the Kansas Department of Child Nutrition and Wellness, Dr. Kevin Sauer was awarded the 2013 Kansas State Engagement Award.