Professor of Practice in Hospitality Management
Brett Horton, Ph.D., instructs hospitality management courses to undergraduate students in the hospitality management bachelor's degree completion program at the Kansas State University's Olathe campus.
In addition to teaching, Horton serves as the faculty advisor to adults working in Greater Kansas City and the KC metro area who are enrolled in the hospitality management bachelor's degree completion program. He also helps new students determine which completed courses at previous universities and community colleges transfer to the Olathe campus' program.
Horton has more than 15 years of teaching experience, having taught courses at James Madison University, Iowa State University and Purdue University.
He also has 12 years of professional experience at five-star hotels and resorts. He was senior director at WinShape Retreat Center in Mount Berry, Georgia. The center, located on the Mountain Campus of Berry College, is 80 rooms, 22 cabins and staffed by 100 employees. The center also is one of the nonprofit foundations of Cathy Family, best known for establishing Chick-fil-A.
Horton joined the Olathe campus team in January 2018.
Degree Program Affiliation
B.S. in Hospitality Management (bachelor's degree completion program)
HM 361 - Principles of Lodging Operations (Fall)
HM 421 - Hospitality Service Systems (Spring)
HM 422 - Cost Controls in Hospitality Operations (Spring)
HM 423 - Facility Management (Fall)
HM 424 - Sales and Promotion (Fall)
HM 664 - Advanced Hotel Operations (Spring)
• Executive Leadership Award- Kansas State University College of Human Ecology, 2016
• Named J.W. & Alice S. Mariott Foundation Professor, 2006
• Named CMAA Virginias Chapter, Faculty Fellow, 2004
• Best Paper Award: I-CHRJE 2003, Palm Springs, California, 2003
• James Madison University New Faculty Series 2002-03 Professional Development Award, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 2003
• Outstanding I-CHRJE refereed paper reviewer, Palm Springs, California, 2003
• Iowa State University Family and Consumer Sciences Helen LeBaron Hilton Undergraduate Teaching Award, Ames Iowa, 2002
• One of two best paper awards: Graduate Student Research Conference, Houston, Texas, 2000
• One of two best paper awards: Graduate Student Research Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1999
Horton, B. W. & Snyder, C. S. Wellness: Its impact on student grades and implications for business. Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism. 8(2), 215-233. 2009
Horton, B. W., Foucar-Szocki, R., Clarke, I. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Academic Performance in Hospitality Education. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education. 21(4), 55-64. 2009
Countryman, C. C., & Horton, B. W. Qualities and characteristics club managers look for in entry level supervisors. International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration. 7(2/3), 47-62. 2006
Horton, B. W., Clarke, I., III, & Welpott, S. D. Applying the MBTI to hospitality education. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education.17(4), 36-45. 2005
Kozar, J. M., Horton, B. W., & Gregoire, M. B. Is Gaining Work Experience While Going to School Helping or Hindering Hospitality Management Students? Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism. 4(1), 1-10. 2005
Jeong, M., Horton, B., & Oh, H. Student evaluations of courses and instructors: An exploratory insight into the process and its implications. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education. 16(2), 34-42. 2004
Horton, B. W., & Countryman, C. C. Finding the Right Entry Level Manager – What the Resume Tells You. At Your Service Newsletter. 12(2), 3-4. 2004
Horton, B. W. Transferring cost-volume profit theory into practice at private clubs. The Boardroom, 7(60), 36,38. 2003
Horton, B. W. Shifting from the sage on stage to the guide on the side: The impact on student learning and course evaluations. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education. 13(5), 26-34. 2001
Horton, B. W., and Schmidgall, R. S. Evaluation of colleges and university foodservice unit managers. The Journal of The National Association of College & University Food Services. 32, 8-17. 2001
Horton, B. W. Labor and menu category: Effects on analysis. FIU Review. 19(2), 35-46. 2001
Horton, B. W. The use of Menu-Engineering to Impact Restaurant Profitability. 2001
Elsworth, J. and Horton, B. The North American industry classification system: How the changes impact accommodations and foodservices. In C. C. B. Mok and A. L. DeFranco (Eds.), Advances in Hospitality and Tourism Research: Vol. V. Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Graduate Education and Graduate Students Research Conference in Hospitality & Tourism (pp. 363-365). 2000
Horton, B. W., Ghiselli, R., and Tzeng, C. S. Job satisfaction and intent to turnover by hotel managers. In J. Miller (Eds.), Advances in Hospitality and Tourism Research: Vol. IV. Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Graduate Education and Graduate Students Research Conference in Hospitality & Tourism (pp. 514-522). 1999
Horton, B. W., and Ghiselli, R. Identification of influential variables on food and beverage employee turnover. In K. S. (Kaye) Chon & C. C. B. Mok (Eds.), Advances in Hospitality and Tourism Research: Vol. III. Proceedings of the Third Annual Graduate Education and Graduate Students Research Conference in Hospitality & Tourism (pp. 138-151). 1998
Horton, B. W., LaLopa, J., and Solon, V. Elkhart county farmers market study for the village market place. Research Report. 1997
Horton, B. W., and Miller, J. M. Abstract: Forecasting the future: A computerized analysis of statistical forecasting. 1992 Annual CHRIE Conference Proceedings. Orlando, FL. 1992
Horton, B. W. Care to join a wild game? Kansas Restaurant, 1990.
Horton, B. W. and Foucar-Szocki, R. The hospitality and tourism industry. In R. Cereola, (ed.), In Business in a Modern Society: A Critical Thinking Approach Understanding Business (3rd ed.). Boston: McGraw Hill. (pp. 285-301). 2004
Horton, B. W., and Ghiselli, R. Identification of influential variables on food and beverage employee turnover. In K. S. (Kaye) Chon, (ed.), The Practice of Graduate Research in Hospitality and Tourism. New York: The Haworth Press Inc. (pp. 105-124). 1999
Horton has given more than 29 presentations at various national and international meetings and conventions.