Kevin Murphy

Dr. Kevin Murphy


Room: 271


Kevin Murphy CV

Expertise: Food Service and Hospitality Human Resources, Food Safety and Sanitation, Culinary

Dr. Murphy joined UCF in 2003 and earned his Ph.D. in Management and Human Resources from the department of Hospitality Tourism Management, Virginia Tech, Pamplin College of Business. He is one of a very few 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 80 academic publications. Dr. Murphy has been an invited speaker and presenter nationally and internationally and has given over 120 Media interviews in TV and Press at the International, National and Local level on these topics.

Professor Murphy 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. Additional certifications, Certified Food Safety Manager (CPFM) and a Certified HACCP Manager from NSF International.

Dr. Murphy’s specializes in food safety in restaurant 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 in Bermuda.


Ph.D. Hospitality and Tourism Management Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
M.S. Hospitality and Tourism Management Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
B.S. Hospitality and Tourism Management Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
A.S. Accounting Bentley College

Graduate Courses Taught

HMG 7876 Strategies & Tactics: Foodservice Management
HMG 7919 Doctoral Research
HMG 6596 Strategic Marketing in Hospitality Management
HMG 6296 Strategic Issues in Hospitality and Tourism
HMG 6228 Human Resources Critical Issues (online)
HMG 6245 Managing Hospitality and Guest Service Organizations
HMG 6365 Management of Corporate Foodservice Operations
HMG 6918 Directed Research

Undergraduate Courses Taught

HFT 4894 International Gastronomy Study Abroad
HFT 4955 Study Abroad Field Studies
HFT 4844 Sanitation in Foodservice (online)
HFT 4602 Independent Study
HFT 4453 Food, Beverage and Labor Cost Control Management
HFT 4295 Leadership and Strategic Management
HFT 4298 Hospitality Business Consulting
HFT 4269 Case Studies in Multi-Unit Restaurant Mgmt.
HFT 4250 Hospitality Operations Management
HFT 4274 Vacation Ownership Resort Management
HFT 4343 Hospitality Facilities Planning & Design
HFT 3955 Study Abroad Field Studies
HFT 3263 Restaurant Management
FSS 3124 Supply Procurement Management
FSS 3008 Culture & Cuisine
FSS 2221 Techniques of Food Production
HFT 1000 Introduction to Hospitality & Tourism Management

Awards & Recognition, Certifications/Professional Memberships

2010 Eta Sigma Delta Teacher Service Excellence Award
2008 International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management Highly Commended Award
2007 Networked Digital Library of Theses & Dissertations Awards Top Twenty Dissertations Downloaded
2007 Banfi Vintners Faculty Institute The Banfi Foundation Grant
2004 Darden Restaurant Faculty Summer Institute Faculty Internship Grant
2004 American Culinary Federation Chapter Chef of the Year
1995 American Culinary Federation Chapter Chef of the Year

Certifications/Professional Memberships

Certified Executive Chef (CEC)
National Restaurant Association Servsafe Sanitation Certification
Certified HACCP Manager
Certified Food Safety Manager (CPFM)
Council on Hotel Restaurant Institutional Education (CHRIE)
National Restaurant Association
American Culinary Federation (ACF)
World Association of Cooks