Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism Management, 2013
RHTM, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee
Dissertation: Adventure Tourism: Functions of Motivations and Involvement

M.B.A. in Business Administration, 2004
College of Business, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina

B.S. in Business Administration in Hospitality and Tourism Management, 2010
Walker College of Business, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

Areas of Expertise

  • Event Management
  • Lodging Management/Data Analytics
  • Private Club Management


  • Advanced Events Management
  • Financial Analysis in the Hospitality Industry
  • Financial Management for the Hospitality Industry
  • Independent Studies
  • Management Accounting for the Hospitality Industry
  • Research and Statistical Methods

Office Hours

  • Tuesday from 5:00:00 PM to 6:00:00 PM in HM340
  • Monday from 12:00:00 PM to 1:30:00 PM in HM340
  • Monday from 5:00:00 PM to 6:00:00 PM in HM340

Publications in Discipline

Published or Accepted Refereed Journal Publications

Beckman, E., Steve Morse (9-5-2016). A Decision Model for Hotel Revenue Management Displacement Analysis for Transient Room Demand vs. Group Room Demand, Journal of Hotel & Business Management. .

Beckman, E., Kim, YK (2013). The Impact of Brand Experience on Downtown Success, Journal of Travel Research. 52 (5) 646-658.

Submitted Refereed Journal Publications

Beckman, E., Whaley, J., Kim, YK Motivations and Experiences of Whitewater Rafting Tourists on the Ocoee River, USA. Submitted to International Journal of Tourism Research.

Refereed Proceedings

Beckman, E., Suh, E., Dowell, L. (2016). The Segmentation of Potential Tourists to Cuba by their Motivations to Travel, Southeastern, Central and South American Federation 2016 CHRIE Conference. Auburn, Alabama, .

Beckman, E., Chang, Kuo Liang (2015). Consumer Preference and Willingness to Pay for the Tourism Packages: A Conjoint Study of a Rural Town in the Northern Corn Belt Region, Southeast Conference on Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Education. Alabama, USA.


Eric Beckman obtained his Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. His Ph.D. minor/focus of study was in statistics. He is capable of calculating and analyzing data in multiple areas. Dr. Beckman has presented and published research in marketing, place branding, event management, tourism economics, and adventure tourism. He is a certified hotel revenue manager (CHRM) through the American Hotel and Lodging Association and Certified in Hotel Industry Analytics through AHLA and Smith Travel Research (STR), the largest hotel data company in the world.

His industry background includes over a decade of fine dining, lodging management, and event management experience. His previous job titles include Catering and Marketing Director, Food and Beverage Manager, and clubhouse manager. He is a certified meeting professional (CMP), as he has planned and coordinated many events (corporate, social, non-profit). 

Dr. Beckman has worked with multiple groups on economic impact studies including CVB's and Whitewater Rafting Outfitters. 

Dr. Beckman has taught numerous courses in the hospitality industry including: Private Club Management, Event Management, Foodservice Sanitation, Hospitality Marketing, Lodging Management, and Hospitality Finance (master's level).He is a Certified Hospitality Educator through the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute.