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Sandra K Strick, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies
School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management

Ph.D. Purdue University , West Lafayette, Indiana 1985
M.S., Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 1982
B.S, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1978

Research Interests
Employment Diversity in the Hospitality Industry
Wine Tourism
Wine Marketing
Meeting and Convention Issues and Trends

Honors and Awards

  • HRTM's Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Sandy Strick, has been honored as one of the 2013 recipients of the Mortar Board Award for "Excellence in Teaching." Recipients of these awards are nominated by students that have been motivated, enlightened and inspired by their faculty.
    In 1988, the Mortar Board Honor Society began acknowledging professors for their achievements and dedication and who had contributed significantly to student success. Excellence in teaching is the single criterion necessary to be nominated for the award.
  • Mentioned as a teacher who made a significant contribution to the success of students.
    Nominated, Teacher of the Year, College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management, 2001-2005.
  • Nominated, 2000 Golden Key Faculty Award for Creative Integration of Research and Undergraduate Teaching, February 2000.

Dr. Sandy Strick, a graduate of Purdue University has been on the faculty of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism at the University of South Carolina for over 20 years. For five of those years she served as department chair, and in June 2007 she took over as the Director of Graduate Studies. She teaches Wine and Spirits, Meeting Planning  and Multicultural Human Resources  courses at the graduate  and undergraduate levels. Dr. Strick has dedicated a significant portion of her professional effort toward the improvement of hospitality education through her work with the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Education where she has among other positions served two terms as commission chair, and continues to participate actively in accreditation site visits. She is also a Certified Hospitality Educator with the American Hotel and Lodging Association. 

Dr. Strick is a Certified Wine Specialist. She is active in the Society of Wine Educators where she has been an instructor for several of their classes and serves on the Society’s Educational Advisory Board. Dr. Strick is the founding director of the Wine and Beverage Institute at Carolina. The Institute is dedicated to wine and beverage education in the Columbia community. Through the institute she teaches a variety of wine courses to include: Wine 101, Bordeaux, Rose, and Sparkling Wines and Champagnes. For the past three years she has participated in the Banfi Scholarship Tour which provides students and faculty with a Tuscan food and wine experience.

Selected Publications
Salazar, John, Strick, Sandy and Antun, John “Minority Employees in the Hospitality Industry and Job Satisfaction,  National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies Monograph Series, 2007

Antun, J., Strick, S., and Thomas, L. “Exploring Culture and Diversity for Hispanics in Restaurant Online Recruitment Efforts”, Journal of Hospitality Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism pp 85-107 vol 6 no. 1 2007

Professional Convention Management, The Professional Meeting Manager, 5th edition, “The Adult Learner” chapter 2 March 2006   

Antun, J., Strick, S., and Thomas, L. Exploring Culture and Diversity on Restaurant Websites: A Content Analysis of the Top 100 Companies; Websites, Journal of Hospitality Human Resources February, 2006.

Antun, J., Strick, S., and Thomas, L. Exploring Culture and Diversity on Restaruant Websites: A Content Analysis of the Top 100 Companies; Websites, Journal of Foodservice Research, 2003

Antun, John, Strick Sandy, Morse, Steve, and Talbert, Jimmy. The Elasticity of Labor Demand in the Hospitality Industry and the Absence of Hispanic Friendly Web Sites for Hospitality Companies. The Consortium Journal of Hospitality and Tourism. Vol 7,1, 2003 (pp. 32-46)

Strick, Antun, and Hoover, All Hispanics are Not the Same The Consortium Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, vol 6 no. 1, 2002. Pp19-29.

Montgomery and Strick;  Meetings, Conventions and Expositions: An Introduction to the Industry;  Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1994

Professional Affiliations
International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education
Society of Wine Educators
Professional Convention Management Association


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E-mail: strick@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-7684

Courses Taught
HRTM 475 - Wine and Spirits in   the Foodservice Industry
HRTM 364 - Introduction to   Meetings and Conventions
HRTM 564 - Advanced Meeting   Management
HRTM 537 - Multicultural Human   Resources Management