University of Delaware
Dr. Fred DeMicco is the Aramark Chaired Professor in the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management at the University of Delaware. Formerly, he was Associate Director in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Recreation Management at Penn State University, where he was Professor-in-Charge of the HRIM undergraduate program (and graduate program for five years), and presently is a Conti Distinguished Professor at the Pennsylvania State University’s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Recreation Management. He has worked in Healthcare at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston and at Walt Disney World in hotel and restaurant management. Dr. DeMicco’s interest is international strategic management, Hospitality Bridging Healthcare (H2H)/Medical tourism and innovation. He has worked on projects with ARAMARK at four Summer Olympics (Atlanta, Australia, Athens and Beijing). He completed his Ph.D. in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In 1996, worked in Hotel Management at Walt Disney World, Florida. Dr DeMicco also obtained his Ducktorate Degree from Disney University. Dr. DeMicco also served as the Chief Dietitian and Associate Director of Dining responsible for all menu planning, technology and nutrition in the Virginia Tech Dining Services for five years. He is on the Editorial Board of the Hospitality Research Journal, as well as author and co-author of more than 100 publications in the area of hospitality and tourism management. Dr. DeMicco is ranked 12th among the 119 most cited international hospitality faculty, and he is tied for 37th (with Harvard’s Michael Porter) as a scholar most cited by hospitality education faculty. He is on the boards of the Delaware Restaurant Association, Delaware Hotel & Lodging Association and I-CHRIE. Dr. DeMicco has taught and conducted research in Europe, Scandinavia, Australia/NZ, China, and the Caribbean (including cruise ships). He has co-authored, with James Keiser, Cihan Cobanoglu with Robert N. Grimes, a textbook published by Prentice-Hall, Contemporary Management Theory: Controlling and Analyzing Costs in Foodservice Operations (5th edition). The book is used at approximately 100 CHRIE-affiliated universities and has been translated into Japanese. And has a new co-authored book coming out in 2015 titled: Restaurant Management: A Best Practices Approach with Kendall-Hunt Publishers Presently, Dr. DeMicco is co-author with Dr. Marvin Cetron and Owen Davies for the book: Hospitality 2015: The Future of Hospitality and Tourism, which looks at trends for the tourism hospitality and travel industry (EI of the AH&LA 2010). In 2008, Dr. DeMicco received the AH&LA Educational Institute’s Lamp of Knowledge Award for Outstanding United States Educator. He was also recognized by LODGING Magazine as the Lodging Industry’s Top Education Innovator for 2006. In 2014, Dr. DeMicco attained Gold Guest Services Professional Certification from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association.