Susan Gordon

Research Interests

  • Employee subjective wellbeing
  • Perceived supervisor support
  • Hotel employee onboarding
  • Attracting and retaining millennial employees in hospitality

Biography

Dr. Susan Gordon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Purdue University, where she received her Ph.D. in Hospitality & Tourism Management in August 2014. Dr. Gordon also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Boston University, received May 2006, and a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, received May 1996.

Prior to her faculty appointment at Purdue University, Dr. Gordon was an Assistant Professor in the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Dr. Gordon has over ten years of hospitality industry experience. Most recently, she was the Human Resources Manager for an 800-room hotel with Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Boston, MA. Dr. Gordon has also worked for Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL where she was a Labor Manager responsible for the scheduling, payroll, and personnel management processes for a 1900-room resort, the WDW resort call center, and the WDW catering line of business. Prior to that position, she held the positions of Front Desk Manager, Bell Services Manager, and Housekeeping Manager for four different Disney resorts.

Dr. Gordon’s research area is primarily human resources and she is particularly interested in employee wellbeing and perceived supervisor support. Dr. Gordon also conducts research in lodging operations. Her work has been published in several hospitality journals including the Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism, Tourism Analysis, and the Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality & Tourism

Education

  • Ph.D. Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue University, 2014
  • MBA, Boston University, 2006
  • B.S. Hospitality Administration, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1996

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue University, 2016 – present
  • Assistant Professor, College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 2014 – 2016
  • Instructor & Research Assistant, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue University, 2010 - 2014
  • Human Resources Manager for The Westin Copley Place, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, 2008 – 2010
  • Labor Manager & Specialist, Walt Disney World, 2000 – 2007
  • Guest Services Manager, Walt Disney World, 1998 – 2000
  • Housekeeping Manager, Walt Disney World, 1997 - 1998

Courses Taught

  • HTM 18100 Lodging Management
  • HTM 21200 Organization and Management in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
  • HTM 31200 Human Resources Management for the Service Industries
  • HTM 49900 Feasibility Studies and Business Development in Hospitality and Tourism
  • HTM 58100 Advanced Hotel Management

Selected Publications and Presentations

Refereed Publications

  • Gordon, S. & Adler, H. (2017, forthcoming) Employee perceptions of wellbeing and organizational wellness offerings: A study of line-level employees in select-service hotels. Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism.
  • Mody, M., Gordon, S., Lehto, X., So, S.I., & Li, M. (2016). The augmented convention offering: The impact of destination and product images on attendees’ perceived benefits. Tourism Analysis, 21(6), 1-15.
  • Lehto, X., Park, O.J., & Gordon, S. (2015). Migrating to new hotels: A comparison of antecedents of business and leisure travelers’ hotel switching intention. Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality & Tourism, 16(3), 235-258.
  • Adler, H., Gordon, S., & Rigg, J. (2014). Sabbatical activities of faculty: The case of professors in hospitality and tourism in the U.S. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism, 12(1), 1-16.
  • Gordon, S., Adler, H., & Scott-Halsell, S. (2014). Career fairs: Are they valuable events?  Hospitality and tourism recruiter perceptions of attributes towards participation and activities. International Journal of Hospitality and Event Management, 1(1), 81-94.
  • Adler, H. & Gordon, S. (2013). An analysis of the changing roles of hotel concierges. Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Management, 1(2), 53-66.
  • Gordon, S. & Adler, H. (2013). Perceptions of hotel concierges on effects of technology on guest service and their positions. Journal of Tourism Research & Hospitality, 2(4). 

Conference Presentations

  • Gordon, S. & Adler, H. (2016, July). The effect of hospitality managers’ perceptions of wellbeing and management support on turnover intention. Poster presented at the annual ICHRIE Summer Conference, Grapevine, TX.
  • Gordon, S. & Yang, W. (2016, July). Learning by Doing? Enhancing Students’ Learning Experiences by Partnering with Off-Campus Hotels in Lodging Management Courses. Symposium roundtable discussion facilitated at the annual ICHRIE Summer Conference, Grapevine, TX.
  • Suarez, N., Berezina, K., Yang, W., & Gordon, S. (2016, June). Are customers ready for tablet-based menus? An analysis of the innovation characteristics that influence the intentions to adopt tablet-based menus. Paper presented at the 2016 iHITA Annual Research Conference, New Orleans, LA. 
  • Gordon, S. (2015, November). The effect of subjective wellbeing on turnover intention of hospitality managers: An empirical study. Research in progress paper accepted for presentation at the 5th International Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Gordon, S., Adler, H., & Self, T. (2015, July). Subjective wellbeing and turnover intention in hotels: What impact does an employee’s cultural background play? Poster presented at the annual ICHRIE Summer Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Gordon, S., Adler, H., & Tang, C.H. (2014, July). The impact of supervisor support and employee wellbeing on turnover intention within the select-service hotel setting. Poster presented at the annual ICHRIE Summer Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Gaulke, C., Gordon, S., Mody, M., & Tang, C.H. (2014, January) Publish or perish: An econometric analysis of the determinants of research productivity in hospitality and tourism. Paper presented at the annual Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism, Houston, TX.
  • Gordon, S., Adler, H., & Rigg, J. (2013, July). Sabbatical activities of hospitality and tourism faculty in the U.S. Poster presented at the annual ICHRIE Summer Conference, St. Louis, MO.
  • Gordon, S., Adler, H., & Nicely, A. (2013, January). A day in the life of a select-service general manager. Poster presented at the annual Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism, Seattle, WA.
  • Mody, M., Gordon, S., Adler, H., & Lehto, X. (2012, October). The impact of summer study abroad on students’ future travel behavior: An examination using Plog’s psychographic personality types. Paper presented at the annual EuroCHRIE Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Gordon, S. & Adler, H. (2012, August). Perceptions of hotel concierges on the impact of technology. Poster presented at the annual ICHRIE Summer Conference, Providence, RI.
  • Mody, M., Gordon, S., Lehto, X., So, S.I., & Li, M. (2012, June). The augmented convention offering: The impact of destination and product images on benefit acquisition. Paper presented at the annual Asia Pacific Tourism Association Conference, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Sydnor, S., Adler, H. & Gordon, S. (2011, July). Specifying a model of organizational social capital. Poster presented at the annual ICHRIE Summer Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Gordon, S. & Adler, H. (2011, January). Recruiters’ perceptions of career fairs. Poster presented at the annual Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism, Houston, TX

Awards and Honors

  • Best paper presentation award, 2016 iHITA Annual Research Conference
  • University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Excellence in Teaching nominee, 2016
  • Purdue University Research Foundation Research Grant recipient, 2013 - 2014 
  • Purdue University HTM Outstanding PhD Student Award finalist, 2012
  • Boston University Academic Achievement Scholarship recipient, 2004 - 2006
  • Walt Disney World Performance Award recipient, April 2003 and January 2007

Professional Affiliations

  • CHRIE, International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education
  • Assistant Editor of the Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism
Dr. Susan Gordon
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