Kristal A Gerdes

Department Chair,
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
School of Hospitality Leadership
College of Management

Office: 429 Heritage Hall
Phone: 715-232-2529
Email: gerdesk@uwstout.edu

Teaching Interests: - Principles of Tourism - Introduction to Hospitality - Tourism Goods and Services - Casino Tourism - Development of Tourism Attractions - Hospitality and Tourism Marketing Sales - Tourism for Persons with Disabilities

Class Schedule

Spring 2015

Course Days Time Location
HT-340 TR 09:40 - 11:05 HERH460
HT-100 M 11:15 - 13:05 HERH413B

Education

    • Ph D Education
      Capella University
      Minneapolis, MN, 2014
    • MS Hospitality and Tourism
      University of Wisconsin-Stout
      Menomonie, WI, 2007
    • BS Hospitality and Tourism
      University of Wisconsin-Stout
      Menomonie, WI, 1998

Licensures and Certifications

  • Food and Nutrition: County and District Fair Judge
  • Wisconsin Technical College Certification: Wisconsin Technical College
  • Certified Tour Professional (CTP): National Tour Association

Courses Taught

  • HT-100 Introduction To Hospitality
  • HT-200 Hospitality Organization Mgmt
  • HT-340 Devlp of Tourism Attractions
  • HT-349 CO-OP Education/Internship
  • HT-351 Hosp Conv/Mtg Planning
  • HT-360 Tourism For Persons With Disab
  • HT-440 Sociocultural Sys of Tourism
  • HT-442 Trade Show Management
  • HT-445 Event Management
  • HT-447 Int'l Convention and Mtg Mgmt
  • HT-449 CO-OP Education/Internship
  • HT-452 Hospitality Professionalism
  • HT-498 H & T Field Experience
  • HT-499 Independent Study
  • SRVM-354 Services Marketing Mgmt-HT

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • , School of Hospitality Leadership
        Department Chair
        January 2015 - Present
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Hospitality and Tourism department, School of Hospitality Leadership
        Assistant Professor
        September 2008 - Present
      • , BS Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism Management
        Program Director
        September 2011 - December 2014
      • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Student Professional Development Program
        Guest Lecturer
        September 2008 - May 2009
      • Concordia University Wisconsin
        Adjunct Faculty
        January 2008 - May 2008
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout , Hospitality and Tourism department, School of Hospitality Leadership
        Adjunct Faculty
        September 2007 - May 2008
      • Chippewa Valley Technical College
        Adjunct Faculty
        January 2006 - May 2006

    Industry

      • Innovative Tourism
        Co-Owner
        2002 - 2007
      • Tours, Etc.
        Co-Owner
        2002 - 2007
      • Chippewa Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau
        Group Sales Manager
        2001 - 2002
      • Holiday Vacations
        Executive Buyer
        2000 - 2001
      • Holiday Vacations
        Product Developer
        1999 - 2000
      • The Plaza Hotel & Suites
        Assistant Manager Burgundy’s Restaurant
        1998 - 1999
      • Walt Disney World
        Various resort and restaurant positions
        1996 - 1998

    Academic - P-12

      • Japan
        Foreign Exchange Student Tutor
        June 1993 - August 1993

Intellectual Contributions

    Unpublished paper written toward Doctorate Degree

    • Gerdes, K. (Unpublished). Ethics in Educational Research (Unpublished paper written toward Doctorate Degree). , Minneapolis, MN: Capella University.
    • Gerdes, K. (Unpublished). Evolution of Education (Unpublished paper written toward Doctorate Degree). , Minneapolis, MN: Capella University.
    • Gerdes, K. (Unpublished). Hospitality Leadership (Unpublished paper written toward Doctorate Degree). , Minneapolis, MN: Capella University.
    • Gerdes, K. (Unpublished). Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis: Motherhood in Academia (Unpublished paper written toward Doctorate Degree). , Minneapolis, MN: Capella University.
    • Gerdes, K. (Unpublished). Statistical Analyses (Unpublished paper written toward Doctorate Degree). , Minneapolis, MN: Capella University.
    • Gerdes, K. (Unpublished). Adult Education in Thailand and Indonesia (Unpublished paper written toward Doctorate Degree). , Minneapolis, MN: Capella University.
    • Gerdes, K. (Unpublished). Appreciative Inquiry Evaluation Plan for the School of Hospitality & Tourism at the University of Wisconsin Stout (Unpublished paper written toward Doctorate Degree). , Minneapolis, MN: Capella University.
    • Gerdes, K. (Unpublished). Organizational Leadership in the School of Hospitality Leadership (Unpublished paper written toward Doctorate Degree). , Minneapolis, MN: Capella University.
    • Gerdes, K. (Unpublished). Adult Learner Assessment in Event Management in Hospitality & Tourism (Unpublished paper written toward Doctorate Degree). , Minneapolis, MN: Capella University.
    • Gerdes, K. (Unpublished). Adult Learning as it Applies to Hospitality and Tourism Education (Unpublished paper written toward Doctorate Degree). , Minneapolis, MN: Capella University.
    • Gerdes, K. (Unpublished). Creating a College Course in Event Management (Unpublished paper written toward Doctorate Degree). , Minneapolis, MN: Capella University.
    • Gerdes, K. (Unpublished). Creating Effective Collaborative Learning in Hospitality and Tourism Courses (Unpublished paper written toward Doctorate Degree). , Minneapolis, MN: Capella University.
    • Gerdes, K. (Unpublished). Teaching Tomorrow’s Learner (Unpublished paper written toward Doctorate Degree). , Minneapolis, MN: Capella University.
    • Gerdes, K. (Unpublished). Investigation of the Relationship Between Critical Thinking and Team-Based Learning (Unpublished paper written toward Doctorate Degree). , Minneapolis, MN: Capella University.

    Unpublished paper written toward Masters Degree

    • Gerdes, K. (Unpublished). Impacts of Gaming (Unpublished paper written toward Masters Degree). , Menomonie, WI: University of Wisconsin-Stout.

    Confidential Document

    • Gerdes, K. (2006). Marketing for the Gunflint Lodge (Confidential Document ). , Menomonie, WI: University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Presentations

    Oral Presentation

    • Gerdes, K. (April, 2012). . Early Childhood Education Conference , Menomonie, WI.
    • Gerdes, K. (April, 2011). . Early Childhood Education Conference , Menomonie, WI.

    Keynote/Plenary Address

    • Gerdes, K. (February, 2011). Pathway to Professionalism. American Marketing Association, Menomonie, WI.
    • Gerdes, K. (June, 2010). . Summer Kick-off Meeting, Menomonie, WI.
    • Gerdes, K. (June, 2009). . Summer Kick-off Meeting, Menomonie, WI.

Media Contributions

    Magazine

    • Group Tour Magazine (September 2005)

      Wisconsin Itinerary, Lights before Christmas (p. 80-81)

    • Courier (August 2005)

      Wisconsin (p. 104-105)

    • Destinations (June 2005)

      Travel Resource Wisconsin (p. 82-83)

    • Courier (August 2004)

      Wisconsin (p. 82-83)

    • Group Tour Magazine (September 2003)

      The Best of Wisconsin’s West (p. 79)

    • Group Tour Magazine (June 2003)

      The “IT” Girls, Innovative Tourism LLC (p. 13)

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships

    Award

    • Outstanding Teaching Award , University of Wisconsin-Stout (2012)
    • Micro-Business Award , Eau Claire Area Economic Development Center (2003)
    • Award of Academic Excellence , University of Wisconsin-Stout (1995)
    • Honors for Excellence Service Award , University of Wisconsin-Stout (1995)

    Honor

    • Recognition for Five Years of Volunteer Service , Wisconsin Special Olympics (2008)
    • Certificate of Excellence, UW-Stout’s New Instructor Institute, University of Wisconsin-Stout (August 2007)
    • Dean’s Recognition for Exceptional Contribution , University of Wisconsin-Stout (April 2007)
    • Shirley K. Stewart Outstanding Student of the Year in M.S. Hospitality and Tourism, University of Wisconsin-Stout (April 2007)

    Scholarship

    • , Hotel-Motel Greeters International (July 1996)

Professional Memberships

  • International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (CHRIE)
  • Midwest Association of Hospitality Educators (MAHE)

Service

    Department / School

    • Committee Member, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Curriculum Committee (2011 - 2012)
    • Committee Member, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Personnel Committee (2008 - 2011)
    • Faculty Advisor, Gaming Management students trip to Treasure Island Casino (2007)
    • Teaching Assistant, Quantitative Food Production (1997 - 1998)

    College

    • Faculty Advisor, Certificate in Event & Meeting Management (On-going)
    • Committee Member, College of Management Governance Committee (On-going)
    • Committee Member, Strategic Planning Retreat, College of Management (May 2012)
    • Faculty Participant, Executive in Residence Program (September 2010)
    • Faculty Participant, Executive in Residence Program (May 2010)
    • Representative, Walt Disney World College Representative (1997 - 1998)

    University

      UW Stout

      • Committee Member, Chancellor’s Advisory Committee (On-going)
      • Attendee, Meeting, Mother and Academic Sharing Community (On-going)
      • Program Coordinator, Oxfam America Hunger Banquet (On-going)
      • Faculty Advisor, Up ‘Til Dawn St. Jude’s Benefit (2010 - 2012)
      • Instructor, Pre-College Multicultural Visiting Students (2011)
      • Committee Member, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Personnel Committee; (2008 - 2011)
      • Participant, Cabot Executive in Residence (September 2011)
      • Participant, Executive in Residence Program (2010)
      • Student Org Advisor (Professional Org), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) (2007 - 2010)
      • Committee Member, University Educational Support Unit Review Committee (September 2008 - December 2009)
      • Committee Member, College of Human Development Student Advisory Council (2007)

    Professional

    • Secretary/Treasurer, Midwest Association of Hospitality Educators (2009)
    • Member, Wisconsin Waterfowl Association (2007 - 2008)
    • Public Relations Advisor, Hotel Motel Managers Association (1995 - 1998)

    Community

    • Advisory Committee, Wisconsin Special Olympics Sports (2006 - 2009)
    • Management Team, Indianhead Area Special Olympics (2002 - 2009)