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Ms. Millar

Michelle Millar

Assistant Professor Hospitality Management, University of San Francisco

Michelle Millar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Hospitality Management at the University of San Francisco. She received her undergraduate degree from UC Davis, her Masters of Tourism and Hospitality Management degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, and her doctoral degree in Hospitality Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Ms. Millar has worked as a travel consultant in various types of travel agency settings for many years, and from 1998 until 2005 operated her own travel agency. She has extensive knowledge in vacation planning, meeting planning, corporate travel planning, and general business operations. In addition, she has worked in a small hotel, which provided her the opportunity to work in all departments of the operation. Her work experience has proven invaluable when teaching at the University of San Francisco. Ms. Millar teaches Marketing in the Marketing Department, as well as Hotel Operations, Conference and Events Planning, and Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry in the Hospitality Management Department. She has also had the opportunity to teach both in the Hotel College at the University of Nevada of Las Vegas, and at UNLV's campus in Singapore. While at UNLV, she was part of the hospitality sustainability committee that developed a process to train faculty to teach sustainability to students, and incorporate it into all required courses. Sustainability is an important component of all of the classes Ms. Millar teaches. Her research areas include consumer behavior, in particular the wants and desires of travelers when selecting eco-friendly accommodations or tourism destinations, and why they make the decisions they do. Ms. Millar is also interested in how hotel managers relate to and work within the environment, and how we can make hospitality companies more environmentally friendly. Her research has been published in the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, Journal of Travel Research, Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality Management, and Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, and she has presented her research at hospitality conferences throughout the world.

Ms. Millar can be contacted at 415-422-2498 or mmillar@usfca.edu

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.