Melissa Dallas
Leadership Development and Talent Pipelining
Department Head and Professor, Hospitality and Restaurant Administration Missouri State University – College of Natural and Applied Sciences

Melissa Dallas serves as Department Head and Professor for Hospitality and Restaurant Administration in the College of Applied and Natural Sciences at Missouri State University. She hold a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo, and a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.

Her teaching expertise lies in Hospitality Law, Meetings and Events Management, and Survey of the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. As well, she helped to develop a Legal Compliance Management track for Master of Business Administration degree students, and taught one of the core courses in this area. Additionally, she taught Meetings and Events Management in both Florida and the Cayman Islands for the professional segment through the Office of Executive Education in the College of Business.

Before joining Missouri State University, she developed and led the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program in the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University. Previous to that, Dallas taught at Buffalo State College – SUNY, Canisius College, and the University of Central Florida. She was the Associate Dean for the Hospitality and Culinary Arts Division at Seattle Central Community College where she was also an Adjunct Professor with Washington State University. Before that, she was the Director of the Hospitality Management Program at Bowling Green State University.

Professor Dallas’ work has been published in the Hospitality Research Journal, Hastings Women’s Law Journal, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, and Hospitality & Tourism Educator. She also co-authored two books, Hospitality Marketing: A Systems Approach and Hospitality and Tourism Careers: A Blueprint for Success, has written four chapters for three other texts, and has made numerous academic presentations at conferences and workshops. Her current research is in the area of legal compliance behaviors of major hospitality firms.

Dallas’ international experience includes consulting in Russia, teaching Executive Education seminars in China and Singapore, and studying the European Union at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She has also consulted for numerous hospitality firms in the United States.

Professor Dallas is a former President and Chair of the Board of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education, and has received awards such as Distinguished Teacher of the Year, Faculty Member of the Year, Advisor of the Year, and the Hollis A. Moore Outstanding Service Award.