Dr. Marissa Orlowski
Dr. Marissa Orlowski joined the faculty of the Rosen College of Hospitality Management in August 2012. She received her Ph.D. in Hospitality Management, as well as a Certificate in Advanced Quantitative Methodologies in Educational and Human Sciences from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Orlowski also has an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Management from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a B.A. in Hospitality Management from Michigan State University. Dr. Orlowski’s academic career is preceded by over 15 years of restaurant, bar, and catering management experience in the hospitality industry with prominent brands such as Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts and The Cheesecake Factory.
Dr. Orlowski’s research interests lie in the domain of food and beverage. She is currently working on a number of beverage research studies from a variety of perspectives that make inroads into this minimally developed area. Her secondary interest is the application of organizational behavior theories, particularly leadership and group dynamics, to the food and beverage sector. In this respect, Dr. Orlowski has extensively studied multilevel modeling and multilevel structural equation modeling and their applications in researching groups and teams.
Dr. Orlowski holds several professional memberships, including CHRIE, Academy of Management, National Restaurant Association, and the Society for Wine Educators. She also sits on the Orlando Chapter Council for U.S. Bartenders Guild (USBG), serving as Chapter Secretary since 2015. These roles allow Dr. Orlowski to remain an active member of the hospitality industry, and particularly the beverage community, and supplement the professional experience she brings to classroom. Dr. Orlowski currently teaches Beverage Management and Fine Spirits Management at the undergraduate level.