Academic Affiliates

CREST launched its Academic Affiliates program in August 2016. Since then, CREST has established affiliations with leading tourism professors at dozens of universities, both in the United States and around the world.

CREST was co-founded in 2003 by Dr. Martha Honey, an author and internationally recognized leader in responsible travel, and Dr. William Durham, a highly respected Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. From 2003 – 2014, CREST was a bicoastal institute, with two offices and Co-Directors at Stanford University and in Washington, DC. However, in 2014, when Dr. Durham retired as CREST Co-Director, CREST closed its Stanford office, centralized its headquarters in Washington, DC, and has gradually moved to diversify and internationalize its university partnerships under the umbrella of an Academic Affiliates program. This Academic Affiliates model offers CREST flexibility to engage with institutions and faculty across a range of disciplines and geographical regions.

The Call for Applications for Academic Affiliates is currently open. CREST is seeking to onboard two new Academic Affiliates, who will become recognized by an internationally renowned sustainable tourism organization and will gain access to a global network of academics from leading institutions and varied disciplines within tourism. The deadline for applications is November 6th, 2020.  

Applicants to the program should meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Professors, researchers, and instructors working in the fields of tourism, sustainability, hospitality, climate change, cultural/natural heritage, international development, etc. (While applicants do not have to focus solely on tourism, tourism should make up a major part of their work in these related fields.);
  • Received a Ph.D. from an accredited/ recognized institution;
  • Conducts practical field or research applications; and
  • Teaches/trains students in their field of interest.

Accepted Affiliates will receive:

  • A welcome packet of CREST resources and guidance;
  • Access to private knowledge-sharing platforms for Academic Affiliates to post articles, pose research questions, and inform others of events and opportunities;
  • Contact and biographical information of current Academic Affiliates;
  • Access to an annual virtual forum for CREST and affiliates to present on their research and provide strategic updates; and
  • Listing on the CREST website along with their department and university.

Accepted applicants will be onboarded by CREST Program Manager Kelsey Frenkiel.   

There is no fee to become an Academic Affiliate. We ask only that our academic partners think proactively and creatively of seek ways to collaborate with CREST, and CREST will do the same. This relationship implies no formal affiliation beyond specific research, publications, courses, conferences, or other projects we agree to jointly pursue.

To apply, please submit the following to Program Manager Kelsey Frenkiel ( by November 6, 2020:

  • Cover letter that summarizes your background/ interest in sustainable tourism and what motivates you to apply to be a member of the CREST Academic Affiliates network
  • Academic CV
  • 2 examples of work, including academic papers, professional reports, project outputs, etc.
  • Contact information for 2 references

For more information contact:
Kelsey Frenkiel
Program Manager
Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)
Telephone: 202-347-9203, ext. 415

*Academic Affiliationes are with individual professors and do not imply organizational affiliation with corresponding universities.

Meet our Academic Affiliates

Nicole Ardoin, Stanford University

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment

Roberta Atzori, California State University Monterey Bay

Assistant Professor, College of Business , Sustainable Hospitality Management

Helene Balslev, Aalborg University

Assistant Professor, Global and Cultural Studies

Jim Barborak, Colorado State University

Co-Director, Center for Protected Area Management, Warner College of Natural Resources

Ernesto Batista Sánchez, University of Holguín (Cuba)

Professor, Tourism

Robert Billington, Boston University & Lasell College

Adjunct Professor, Administrative Sciences (BU) & Hospitality (LC)

Robyn Bushell, Western Sydney University

Associate Professor, Cultural Heritage & Tourism

David Cardenas, University of South Carolina

Associate Dean of Academics and Associate Professor, School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

Todd Comen, Endicott College

Dean, School of Hospitality Management

Scott Curtis, East Carolina University

Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment

Jonathon Day, Purdue University

Associate Professor, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Rodolfo Dirzo, Stanford University

Professor, Biology; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment

Annette George, Morgan State University

Associate Professor, Department of Business Administration

Brooke Hansen, University of South Florida

Director, Sustainable Tourism Program, Patel College of Global Sustainability

Huili Hao, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences

Don Hawkins, The George Washington University

Professor Emeritus of Management and Tourism Studies, School of Business

Yuri Horowitz, Georgetown University

Faculty, Global Hospitality Leadership & Urban and Regional Planning Programs

Carter Hunt, Penn State University

Assistant Professor, Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, and Anthropology

Linnea Iantria, Missouri State University

Senior Instructor and Geotourism Program Coordinator, Department of Geography, Geology and Planning

Birendra KC, University of North Texas

Assistant Professor, Hospitality and Tourism Management

Kristin Lamoureux, Virginia Tech

Visiting Professor, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Kennedy Obombo Magio, Technological Institute of Cancún (México)

CONACYT Research Fellow, Tourism and Sustainability Studies in the Mexican Caribbean

Robert Manning, University of Vermont

Professor Emeritus, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Makarand Mody, Boston University

Assistant Professor, School of Hospitality Administration (SHA)

Andrea Murray, Washington University in St. Louis

Lecturer, Anthropology

John Nauright, University of North Texas

Chair and Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation

Joe Pavelka, Mount Royal University (Canada)

Associate Professor and Coordinator, Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership, Department of Health and Physical Education

Tiffany Rhodes, Johnson & Wales University

Assistant Professor, Center for International Travel and Tourism Studies

David Perkins, Missouri State University

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Geology, and Planning

Michelle Rutty, University of Waterloo (Canada)

Assistant Professor, Environment

Daniel Scott, University of Waterloo (Canada)

Executive Director, Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3); Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management

Valerie Sera, Universidad Tecmilenio and Universidad de Occidente

Professor, Tourism Management

Chiaki Shimoyasuba, Hokkaido University (Japan)

Professor, Center for Advanced Tourism Studies

Christine Vogt, Arizona State University

Professor and Director, Center for Sustainable Tourism

Emily Yeager, East Carolina University

Assistant Professor, Recreation & Leisure Studies