Amanda Cecil

Chair of the Department of Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management (TCEM)

Phone:
(317) 278-8569
Fax:
(317) 278-2041
Email:
akcecil@iupui.edu
Department:
Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management (TCEM)

Résumé/CV

PE 264
IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management - IUPUI
901 W. New York Street, Ste. 250
Indianapolis, IN
46202

Education

  • Ph.D., Department of Recreation and Parks Administration, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, January 2006
  • M.A., Department of Sport Management and Administration, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, May 1997
  • B.S., Department of Kinesiology, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, May 1995

Biography

Dr. Amanda Cecil joined the Indiana University’s Tourism, Convention and Event Management faculty in 2002. As an associate professor she teaches several courses in event management and international tourism. Dr. Cecil’s professional career started in association and corporate event planning prior to joining the IU faculty. She also spent time working in business travel management customer service destination marketing collegiate sport management and convention and special events planning.

Her research interest involves linking business travel and tourism trends to the convention/meeting market. Additionally Dr. Cecil has scholarly interests in the development of competency-based curriculum models and the impact of experiential learning specifically service learning pedagogies. Dr. Cecil has consulting experience in instructional design for educational programs in customer service business travel management strategic meeting management sports travel management and event management. In 2011 she was appointed as the Dean of Education for the Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Academy. She also collaborated with the Indiana hospitality and tourism community to create the 2012 Super Service Program that was launched during the 2012 Super Bowl. To date over 30,000 individuals in the hospitality community have taken the training program. Dr. Cecil has published in many tourism journals including The Journal of Convention and Event Tourism The Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism The Journal of Sustainable Development The European Journal of Tourism Research and Tourism Today. Additionally she serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Convention & Event Tourism. She is actively involved in Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and the Council on Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Education (CHRIE). Her industry involvement includes 2007-2008 President of the Indiana Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) the chair of the 2009-2010 MPI Body of Knowledge Task Force and the 2008 chair of the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) Research Task Force. Dr. Cecil was recently awarded the 2012 PCMA Foundation’s Educator Honoree.

  • 2012 “Member of the Year” RISE Award from MPI
  • 2011 Indiana Trustees’ Teaching Award
  • 2010 MPI Chairwoman’s Award for her leadership in developing the Meeting and Business Event Competency Standard
  • The 2010 MPI Indiana Chapter President’s Award
  • The 2006 PCMA “Educator of the Year,” and was named to the Indiana Chapter of MPI’s Hall of Fame in 2008.

Amanda enjoys mentoring students to help them become a successful future leader in this industry. She resides in Indianapolis with her husband

Rhett of 11 years and their two sons Cooper (11) and Cole (8). Amanda's hobbies include traveling reading knitting and spending time with family and friends. Her education includes Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Indiana University) Master of Arts in Sport Management (The Ohio State University) Doctorate in Philosophy in Leisure Science (Indiana University)

Courses Taught

  • TCEM-E 104 Introduction to Event Principles
  • TCEM-E 304 Mechanics of Event Planning
  • TCEM-E 404 Event Production
  • TCEM-G 472 Global Tourism Seminar
  • TCEM 500 Foundations of Event Tourism

Publications

  • Cecil, A. & Sperstad, J. (2015, in press). Investigating the hosted buyer model from a buyer perspective: An exploratory study. Journal of Conventions and Event Tourism.
  • Jinkins, L. & Cecil, A. (2015, in press). A shift in community engagement models: A case study of IUPUI and the Indianapolis business community. Journal of Conventions and Event Tourism.
  • Cecil, A. & Krohn, B. (May 2012). The process of developing a competency-based academic curriculum in tourism management. Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism, 12(2), p. 129-145.
  • Cecil, A. (November 2012). A framework for service-learning in hospitality and tourism management education. Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism, 12(4), p. 313-331.
  • Rossing, J., Miller, W., Cecil, A., & Stamper, S. (2012). iLearning: The future of higher education? Student perceptions on learning with mobile tablets. Journal of Scholarship and Teaching, 12 (2), p. 1-26.
  • Cecil, A., Reed, B., Reed, L. (2011). U.S. higher education institutions offering meeting and event course. Journal of Convention & Event Tourism, 12(3), pp. 179-205.
  • Hritz, N. & Cecil, A. (2008). Investigating the sustainability of cruise tourism: A case study of Key West. Journal of Sustainable Tourism Development, 16 (2), pp.168-181.

Research Interests

Her research interest involves linking business travel and tourism trends to the convention/meeting market. Additionally, Dr. Cecil has scholarly interests in the development of competency-based curriculum models and the impact of experiential learning, specifically service learning pedagogies. Dr. Cecil has consulting experience in instructional design for educational programs in customer service, business travel management, strategic meeting management, sports travel management, and event management.

Current Projects

  • The Journal of Convention and Event Tourism—Associate Editor and Reviewer
  • Meeting Professionals International—Member, Chair of Body of Knowledge Task Force, Committee Member of Knowledge Management
  • Professional Convention Management Association—Member, Chair of Faculty Task Force and Research Committee
  • Visit Indy—ROSE Awards Committee Member

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 Linda Brothers Excellence in Teaching Award, TCEM Department
  • 2013 Pat May Service Excellence Award, TCEM Department  
  • 2012 PCMA Foundation’s “Educator of the Year” Award Winner
  • 2012 Meeting Professionals International (MPI) “Member of the Year” Winner
  • 2011 Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award
  • 2011 Linda Brothers Excellence in Teaching Award, TCEM Department
  • 2010 Inducted into the Indiana University Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET)
  • 2010 Boyer’s Scholar Program
  • 2010 Indiana Chapter of Meeting Professionals International President’s Award
  • 2010 Meeting Professionals International Chair’s Award
  • 2009 School of Physical Education and Tourism Management Teaching Award
  • 2009 Linda Brothers Excellence in Teaching Award, TCEM Department
  • 2009 Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Faculty Scholarship Award
  • 2008 Indiana Chapter of Meeting Professionals International “Hall of Fame” Award Winner
  • 2008 School of Physical Education and Tourism Management Teaching Award
  • 2008 Department of Tourism, Conventions and Event Management Research Award
  • 2007 Linda Brothers Excellence in Teaching Award, TCEM Department
  • 2007 IUPUI “21 Club” (Freshman Recognition of Outstanding Faculty)
  • 2006 Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award
  • 2006 Professional Convention Management Association “Educator of the Year”
  • 2006 Faculty Honoree for the IUPUI Golden Key Chapter
  • 2006 Pat May Service Award, TCEM Department
  • 2005 School of Physical Education and Tourism Management Teaching Award
  • 2005 Professional Convention Management Association Gem Award
  • 2005 Professional Convention Management Association Faculty Scholarship

Grants & Funding

  • Destination and Travel Foundation
  • Visit Indy
  • Professional Convention Management Association
  • Global Business Travel Association
  • Leisure Research Institute
  • IUPUI Center of Sustainability
  • IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning
  • IUPUI Center for Service and Learning
  • IUPUI Office of International Affairs
  • IUPUI Program Review and Assessment Committee

Presentations

  • Jinkins, L. & Cecil, A. (2014). Community Engagement Models: A Case Study of IUPUI and Indianapolis Community. Global Events Congress, Adelaide, South Australia.
  • Cecil, A. & Sperstad, J. (2012). Defining Success Defining Moments: Are you ready for your future? Meeting Professionals International World Education Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Cecil, A & Krohn, B. (2012). Inside Out or Outside In? A comparison of two approaches to curriculum development in tourism education. Association for Tourism in Higher Education conference, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  • Cecil, A. (2012). Workshop Faculty Exchange for Teaching Excellence—Using IPads as a new Way of Learning. Professional Convention Management Association, San Diego, California.
  • Cecil, A. & Sperstad, J. (2014). Hosted Buyer Model: Perspective of Meeting Buyers. IMEX America. Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Hji-Avgoustis, S. & Cecil, A. (November 2008). Indianapolis: Cultural tourism and the impact on quality of life. 5th Seminar Marketing Research in Tourism, Slovenia Tourism Board, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Other Activities

Consulting:

  • Global Business Travel Association
  • Professional Convention Management Association
  • American Society of Travel Agents