Stephen Shiring Office: Ackerman Hall, Room 15

Phone: 724-357-2626


Spring 2023 Office Hours: 

  • Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. 
  • Wednesday: 10:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.


Doctor of Education, December 1995

School of Education, Department of Administrative and Policy Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dissertation: American Hotel Keepers and Higher Education: An Early Era of this Emerging Profession. Original scholarship in the field. No studies prior to this date had covered this subject.

Master of Business Administration, May 1985

College of Business, Management and Marketing Department, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Science, Food Service Management, May 1981

College of Human Ecology, Food and Nutrition Department, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania


Identifying and linking historical paradigm shifts originated by entrepreneurial innovations in food, beverage, and lodging delivery systems to its enduring evolutionary effect upon contemporary hospitality business models.

Professional Affiliations

  • Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (CHRIE) Member since 1989
  • Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Education (ACPHA). Dr. Shiring volunteers as a subject specialist for ACPHA serving as an on-site evaluator for hospitality and tourism management programs seeking accreditation since 2006.
  • Club Managers Association of America (CMAA)
  • Pittsburgh Club Managers Foundation (PCMF)
  • Since the PCMF founding in June 2017, the Foundation members have worked closely with Dr. Shiring to provide networking and educational opportunities for student CMAA members. Shiring serves as a governor on the PCMF and have actively advocated the Foundation in creating and offering both student scholarships to support students at IUP.
  • National Restaurant Association (NRA)
  • Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association (PRLA) 
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA)

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2020–21 Outstanding Advising Award, College of Health and Human Service
  • 2017–18 Outstanding Senior Service Award, College of Health and Human Services
  • 2016–17 Outstanding Senior Teacher Award, College of Health and Human Services
  • Honored twice by the African Cultural Center and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, IUP, recognized by a graduating student for having a significant impact on his/her life, in 2011 and again in 2010
  • Recognized by Mark Anthony, director, and Deborah Saunders Stanley, associate director, Office of Career Services, as identified by two HRIM students, Hyeosub Kim and Doreen Gray, for having provided the greatest assistance to their education and career preparation while a student at IUP, May 10, 1999
  • Recognized by President Lawrence Pettit as one of the outstanding instructors whose extra effort and concern for students have made a difference at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, December 7, 1998
  • Recognized by Moraine Trails Council, Butler, Pennsylvania, 2005 National Boy Scout Jamboree, Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, for serving as assistant scoutmaster, Troop 405, February 2006

Scholarly Contributions (Selected)

  • Shiring has been invited by the corporate industry community to conduct employee training programs. He has presented at local, regional, national, and international educational associations. A presenter at the Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management annual conferences, he has shared his research interests with CHRIE members.
  • Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research: ICHRIE'S 75th Anniversary Special Issue Celebrating Its Past, Present and Future, June 2021, 45(5), 862-872. The following five articles were accepted and were used to create its own section in the journal:
      • "Early Leaders in the Struggle to Improve Hospitality Education in America"
      • "Hotelkeepers Organize in Twentieth Century to Legitimize and Advance Profession in American Society"
      • "International Stewards' Association (I.S.A.) Efforts to Organize a Hotel Training School - Winona Technical Institute"
      • "The International Stewards' Association Efforts Ends to Establish a Hotel School in 1917"
      • "Scarcity of Human Resources Plaque America's Hotel Industry at the start of the Twentieth Century"
  • Conference co-chairs for International Conference on Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management 2017, Toshi Center (Tokyo, Japan) from August 16 to 18, 2017.
  • Wang, Y. & Shiring, S., Sr. Cultural Representation Theory in Constructing Representations for U.S.A. in Chinese and U.S. Guidebooks. 22nd Asia Pacific Tourism Association Annual Conference. Beijing, China, June, 2016.
  • American Culinary Federation, 56th National Convention Trade Show, Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pa., July 2006, Conference Theme: "Building a Better Business." Invited Presentation: "Fifty Years in Ninety Minutes: Experiences of a Professional Caterer." Co-presenter R. William "Bill" Jardine, corporate chef, Foodservice Innovators, Inc., and successful entrepreneur. Participants received a real-life look at the world of catering and "need to know" information about the catering industry.
  • Shiring, S.B. (2014). Professional catering: The modern caterer's guide to success. United States: Delmar Cengage Learning.
  • Shiring, S.B. (2014). Instructor's manual for professional catering: The modern caterer's guide to success. United States: Delmar Cengage Learning.
  • Shiring, S.B. (2014). Test bank for professional catering: The modern caterer's guide to success. United States: Delmar Cengage Learning.
  • Shiring, S.B. (2014). Twenty training videos for professional catering: The Modern Caterer's Guide to Success. United States: Delmar Cengage Learning.
  • Shiring, S.B. (2014). Video Interviews of catering professionals, The modern caterer's guide to success. Delmar Cengage Learning.
  • Shiring, S.B, Jardine, R.W. and Mills, J. (2001). Introduction to Catering: Ingredients for
  • Success. Delmar, New Jersey. Lead author

Other such publications of interests include:

  • Fred Harvey, American National Biography, Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Before 1946: Early Builders of a Hospitality Profession, Hospitality and Tourism Educator, 50th Anniversary Edition, Vol. 8, No. 213, 1996, Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education, Washington, DC.