Daniel Spencer, Ph.D.
Dan Spencer is a Professor in the School of Travel Industry Management who specializes in tourism policy, planning, and management. Prior to joining the School’s faculty in 2010 he was a Senior Research Associate with the Travel, Tourism, and Recreation Resource Center at Michigan State University.
In 2012 and 2015 he received the School’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 1995 he received a State Award of Meritorious Service from Epsilon Sigma Phi, the national honorary fraternity of Extension professionals, for “. . . significantly contribut[ing] to the orderly development of Michigan’s tourism industry by creating and disseminating information needed for sound investment, planning, and marketing decisions.”
The results of Dr. Spencer’s applied and methodological inquiries have appeared in the Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Management, and other serials. He has secured and led 26 research and outreach projects worth $841,012 from such entities as the Hawaii Tourism Authority; Hawaii Sea Grant; the Office of Maunakea Management; the South Dakota Office of Tourism; the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks; Black Hills Community Economic Development; Travel Michigan; and the Michigan Department of Transportation. He has also served as a team member on another six grants worth $710,949.