Prof Stephenson Leads STHM - School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM)

Prof Stephenson Leads STHM

Marcus L. Stephenson is the new Professor of Tourism and Hospitality at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM).

Prof. Stephenson is a British academic and holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Social Administration, a Masters in the Sociology and Anthropology of Tourism and Travel from University of Surrey (United Kingdom) after which he gained his Doctorate in Social Tourism in 1998 from Manchester Metropolitan University. Before taking up his new role at USP, he worked at Middlesex University Dubai as an Associate Professor of International Tourism Management.

 “To lead such a vibrant school is indeed an honour but at the same time a significant responsibility, one that I am taking seriously. Nonetheless, there are still lots of things to do to maintain this level of vibrancy and to build on this,” Prof Stephenson said.

He said he would continue with the School’s legacy and to facilitate initiatives.

“My ultimate approach would be one based on the principle of 'evolution' rather than 'revolution'. The new vision statement that I have been working on with colleagues is for us to excel as a globally accomplished centre of expertise in tourism and hospitality management, maintaining a distinguished profile in education, training, professional practice and research,” he said.

Prof. Stephenson said he was enthusiastic about working at USP because of its regional scope and the work it does in terms of offering people from a diversity of background the opportunity to study for a higher educational based degree, especially within the wider context of a region that faces considerable socio-economic challenges. He said this new position at USP represented a natural and logical step forward in his career, and a refreshing challenge with regards to working within a completely new environment, and regional and educational context. “My main message to students has always been ‘read widely, read enthusiastically and read with a critical eye’, as this process is fundamental to developing evaluative skills. ‘Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting’, as Edmund Burke once informed us,” he quoted.


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