Sandra Sydnor has over 20 years of hospitality industry experience as a multi-unit franchisee and in executive leadership positions in marketing research and communication. Her research spans resilience science and climate change, family business, regenerative design, and mindfulness sciences and practices. Sandra’s teaching practice embodies the translation of theory and insights realized in research activities to classroom and practitioner settings. She is active in the tourism community, the Sustainable Tourism and Responsible Travel Lab, and the Tourism and Hospitality Research Center at Purdue University. More recently, her interests have led to leadership positions in diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice.
Sandra has her BS in packaging engineering from Michigan State University, her MBA from the University of Miami, and her PhD in hospitality management from The Ohio State University. She’s active in a number of organizations, including the Academy of Management, the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, the American Association of University Women, and the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Education.
Sandra has authored or co-authored over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Tourism Management, Tourism Management Perspectives, Natural Hazards, Journal of Destination Marketing & Management, Journal of Travel Research, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Foodservice Business Research, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, and Family Business Review.