Dr. Lisa Benson has been a full time Hospitality Management instructor since 2008, and she oversees the Meeting, Convention, and Special Event Management certificate program. Dr. Benson sits on several executive boards: Travel Lane County, Lane Community College Foundation, CAHRTM Advisory, Camas Country Mill, and was previously on the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition board.
Prior to her tenure at LCC, Dr. Benson was an Assistant Professor in the Resort & Hospitality Management program and in the MBA Sustainable Business program at Green Mountain College in Vermont.
She previously taught in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Additionally, Dr. Benson has taught at University Center Cesar Ritz Hotel School in Brig, Switzerland as well as Washington State University. Prior to teaching, Lisa spent twelve years in the hospitality industry. Her experience includes several management positions for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, including Convention Services Manager, Food and Beverage Manager, and Banquet Manager.
Dr. Benson holds the following degrees:
PhD., Education: Emphasis in Adult & Organizational Learning; Minor: Resource Recreation & Tourism; University of Idaho, May 2007
M.A. Education: Emphasis in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership; College of Santa Fe, May 2003.
B.S. Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management; New Mexico State University, May 1995.