Pauline Sheldon, PhD 

Pauline J. Sheldon is Professor Emerita at the University of Hawaii’s School of Travel Industry Management where she currently specializes in wellness tourism, corporate social responsibility, sustainable tourism and knowledge management in tourism. She holds a PhD in Economics, a Masters in Business Administration, and a Bachelors degree in Mathematics. She has published over seventy journal articles and four books, and most recently is co-author of the book “Wellness Tourism: Mind, Body, Spirit, Place” published by Cognizant Communications. She has been a keynote speaker on wellness tourism in many countries including Spain, US, Australia and China. Her interest in wellness extends to her personal life where she is a teacher and practitioner of the Art of Living Course.


She just completed four years as the President of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism and is now Board Chair. This is a prestigious group of 75 of the most distinguished researchers in tourism. She has served as Interim Dean of the School of Travel Industry Management at the University of Hawaii for four years. In 2008 she won the UNWTO Ulysses prize for her contributions to the development of knowledge in sustainable tourism. In 2009 she was recognized with the International Travel and Tourism Research Association Lifetime Achievement Award.  She has been a Visiting Professor at numerous universities worldwide including Vienna University of Economics, Institute of Tourism and Leisure Studies, the International Masters in Tourism and Environmental Economics (MTEE) at the University of Balearic Islands in Mallorca, Spain, Hue University in Vietnam, and Bond University in Australia where she won the Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award for her course on corporate social responsibility in tourism and hospitality.


Dr. Sheldon has shown leadership in numerous international organizations. She co-founded the Tourism Education Futures Initiative (TEFI) with Dr. Daniel Fesenmaier; chaired the BEST Education Network for six years– an international consortium of educators committed to the development and dissemination of knowledge on sustainable tourism and currently serves on its international advisory board. She also co-founded TRINET (Tourism Research Information Network) which is an international tourism researchers’ electronic bulletin board with over 3,000 subscribers worldwide. She has worked extensively at the international level with organizations such as the United Nations World Tourism Organization, APEC International Center for Sustainable Tourism, and the World Bank, and at the local level as a Board member of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, and as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Hawaii Tourism Authority which was tasked to define sustainable tourism policies and indicators for Hawaii.

Contact Information:

Pauline Sheldon, PhD
Professor Emerita
School of Travel Industry Management
University of Hawai`i at Mānoa
2560 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone:  (808) 956-8078
Fax:  (808) 956-5378