Faculty Profiles

The faculty for the Masters of Science Program are all academically qualified and have excellent credentials in university teaching, research and service to the hospitality and tourism industry.

Harsha Chacko, C.S.W., Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Chacko has been a UNO faculty member for over 30 years and specializes in hospitality and tourism marketing and management. He has published articles in journals such as Tourism Management, Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, and the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly. Dr. Chacko has been involved in several New Orleans area tourism research projects including studies for the New Orleans Convention and Visitor Bureau, French Quarter Festival, Inc., the Louisiana Office of Tourism, and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. Dr. Chacko has worked in the hospitality industry in India, Egypt, the Caribbean, and the United States. He was a Fulbright Scholar in 1995-96 and was reappointed as a Senior Fulbright Scholar for 2003-2008. In 2009, Dr. Chacko successfully completed the requirements for the designation as a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW).

Yvette Green, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Green specializes in restaurant management. Prior to moving to New Orleans, Dr. Green was the Program Director for the Hospitality Services Administration program at Central Michigan University. In addition to her academic career, Dr. Green has professional industry experience in restaurant management, banquets and catering, and resort management. She serves as Industry Representative for the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Louisiana Restaurant Association. Dr. Green also holds memberships in the Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Education and the Club Managers’ Association of America. Dr. Green has published in several hospitality and tourism journals and has authored a textbook chapter in the Hospitality and Tourism Management textbook. She has presented at several hospitality conferences and published articles and abstracts in the proceedings of these conferences. Her research interests involve studying trends in sales, expenditures, labor and growth within the Louisiana restaurant industry. Currently, Dr. Green is researching resiliency and the Louisiana restaurant industry.

Bridget Bordelon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Lester E. Kabacoff Chair in Hospitality Management

Dr. Bridget Bordelon’s research interests include cultural tourism, tourism planning and policy, crises management, destination image, and cross-cultural perspectives on travel. She has worked as a research analyst at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan and traveled and taught with Boston University’s International Honors Program in Brazil, India, and South Africa. Additionally, Dr. Bordelon developed and taught two new courses for the UNO Innsbruck summer program.

Dr. Bordelon has received grant funding in the areas of cultural tourism and tourism economic impacts. She has been involved in several tourism industry research projects including studies for the Louisiana Office of Tourism, the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, and the Association of Destination Management Executives. She has published peer reviewed articles in a number of journals including Tourism Planning and Development, Tourism Analysis, Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management, Journal of Vacation Marketing, and Journal of Convention and Event Tourism. She is a reviewer for Annals of Tourism Research and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Leisure and Tourism Marketing.

She has presented her research findings at the local, national, and international level. Dr. Bordelon is an active member of the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) and the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE).

David Pearlman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Pearlman has been involved with the travel and tourism industry for about fifteen years. He has worked with Statistics Canada, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the U.S. Forest Service, Disney, Choice Hotels, USAID, U.S. Department of Defense and SPSS. He holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University a M.A from California State University, Chico and a Bachelors Degree from San Diego State University. Dr. Pearlman's research involves Sustainable Tourism Development, Indoor Waterpark Resort Feasibility, Casino Revenue Estimation Modeling, E-Commerce and Employee Turnover Reduction. He has published refereed articles in a couple of journals that include the Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism and the Gaming Research & Review Journal.

Kim Williams, Ph.D.

Director and Associate Professor

Dr. Kim Williams previously worked in the lodging industry in the Sales, Banquets, and Housekeeping Departments. After completing her Ph. D., Dr. Williams was an instructor with the Louisiana State University Hospitality Professional program. She became an Assistant Professor in the Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism at the University of New Orleans in the Fall of 2007. Dr. Williams’s research interests include hotel operations, human resources, student engagement, crime and tourism, resilience and business continuity. She has published in journals such as the Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism, Tourism Planning and Development, Advances in Hospitality and Leisure, and the Internal Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration. She has presented her research at conferences including the Emirates Academy in Dubai, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii. Dr. Williams is the Faculty Advisor for the Disney College Program and the American Hotel and Lodging Association UNO Student Chapter. She is a member of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (CHRIE) and American Hotel & Lodging Association.

David Njite, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Njite joined the School of HRT in the Fall of 2012. He has published several articles applying consumer psychology to diverse areas of hospitality management including pricing, green/ethical consumption, restaurant operations, consumer expenditure and consumer behavior on the internet. His work has appeared in several journals including Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, Cornel Quarterly, Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality & Tourism, Journal of Foodservice Business Research and Journal of Services Research. He is a twice recipient of the best paper awards at I-CHRIE, finalist to the Cornell Quarterly article of the year award and a recipient of the Bradford Wiley Research Award. He has trained with the Marriott/ICHRIE Partnership in the area of revenue management and he currently teaches hospitality and tourism marketing courses at undergraduate level and revenue management and research methods at the graduate level. Dr. Njite’s work has also been quoted by Restaurants and Institutions magazine as well as other trade magazines. He is a graduate of The University of Strathclyde, UK and The Ohio State University.

Joseph Beams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Beams holds the Oil and Gas Professorship in Accounting at the University of New Orleans. He has been on the faculty since 2003 and holds a PhD in accounting from VA Tech. He received the Outstanding Faculty Student Choice Teaching Award in 2013 and 2010.

Dr. Beams is a CPA licensed in Virginia and prior to returning to academia he was the managing member for Mid-Atlantic CPAs, LLC in Virginia. He is a member of the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Institute of Management Accountants. His current research interests include insider trading, employee stock options and the taxation of investments. His research has been published in Accounting Horizons, Accounting and the Public Interest, Accounting Educators' Journal, Journal of Accountancy, Journal of Business Ethics, Practical Tax Strategies, Review of Accounting and Finance, Strategic Finance, Taxes-The Tax Magazine, The CPA Journal, and other journals.