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Kevin S. Murphy

Kevin S. Murphy

University of Central Florida


Kevin S. Murphy earned his Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Human Resources from the department of Hospitality Tourism Management, Virginia Tech, Pamplin College of Business. He is one of five Certified Executive Chefs in the USA to hold a Ph.D. He has researched and published extensively in top journals in the area of foodservice sanitation, safety and health and other restaurant related issues and he has over 70 academic publications. He has been an invited speaker and presenter nationally and internationally and has given over 100 Media interviews in TV and Press at the International, National and Local level on these topics. He worked in foodservice and the hotel industry for over 20 years and has owned or managed a variety of hospitality establishments including hotels, restaurants and catering operations. He presently holds the following industry certifications: Certified Executive Chef (C.E.C.) from the American Culinary Federation, Certified Servsafe Manager and a Certified HACCP Manager from NSF International. He began teaching at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management in the fall of 2003. He also served on the faculty of James Madison University and Virginia Tech’s Hospitality and Tourism Management departments. He holds international appointments with Florence University Arts (FUA) and the International University of Languages and Media (IULM) in Milan Italy. He holds the following industry and teaching awards: 2012 College Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award; 2011 University Teaching Award (TIP); 2008 Teacher Excellence Award; 2008 Outstanding Doctoral Research Award for a Ph.D; 2007 Banfi Vintners Faculty Institute; 2004 Darden Restaurant Faculty Summer Institute; 2004 & 1995 Chapter Chef of the Year, American Culinary Federation.

Research Interest

He specializes in strategic management, human resources management, operational management and cost control of foodservice organizations. He has both led and participated in hospitality projects with industry partners from Red Lobster, Darden Restaurants, Navy Lodge Association, National Association of Catering Executives, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Aruba Timeshare Association and The Reefs Resorts.