Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality & Resort Management

The University bestows the designation "Graduate Faculty" upon faculty following review of their credentials and recommendation by their colleagues. The University maintains three levels of graduate faculty: (1) Full, (2) Associate, and (3) External.

Only Full graduate faculty members may chair doctoral committees. Full or Associate graduate faculty may chair master's committees. Only one external graduate faculty member may serve as a voting member on any master's or doctoral committee.


RHEMA FULLER, Associate Professor, PhD (2011), University of Connecticut [2027]

CODY T. HAVARD, Professor, PhD (2011), University of Northern Colorado [2025]

MICHAEL HUTCHINSON, Professor, PhD (2010), Texas A&M University [2024]

LINH LE, Assistant Professor, PhD (2023), University of Central Florida [2029]

RADESH PALAKURTHI, Professor, PhD (1995), Penn State University [2027]

RUI QI, Assistant Professor, PhD (2019), University of South Carolina [2025]

TIMOTHY D. RYAN, Professor, PhD (2007), Texas A & M University [2026]

CAROL SILKES, Associate Professor, PhD (2007), Purdue University [2027] 


MICHAEL G. HUFFMAN, Associate Professor, PhD (1985), University of  Utah 

TIMOTHY FLOHR, Instructor, MBA (2015), Drexel University 

DEBORAH J. THOMPSON, MS (2018), University of Memphis

WILLIAM MULLINS, MBA (2022), University of Memphis 


NICOLE COST, MS (2011), University of Memphis [2022]

CHRISTOPHER WIATR, MS (2005), University of Memphis [2022]

NOTE: Expiration date of Graduate Faculty membership is indicated in brackets for Full and External only.