- Louisville Campus
3101 Bardstown Road 40205
Phone: 502.456.6505 / 800.844.1354
- Lexington Campus
2355 Harrodsburg Road 40504
Phone: 859.276.4357 / 800.467.6281
- Fort Knox Campus
63 Quartermaster Street 40121
Phone: 502.942.8500 / 800.562.6713
- Online Division
2100 Gardiner Lane Ste. 301 Louisville, KY 40205
Phone: 502.413.8830 / 866.755.7887
Hotel Restaurant Management
Albert Schmid has over 25 years of professional and academic experience in the culinary, beverage and hospitality industries. Albert joined the Sullivan University Culinary Arts faculty in 1999. He currently chairs and teaches for the Beverage Management Department's associate degree program, the Hotel-Restaurant Management associate degree program and the Hospitality Management's bachelor degree program. Albert holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Charter Oak State College. He is the 2002 recipient of the International Association of Culinary Professionals' Le Cordon Bleu/University of Adelaide scholarship for graduate study in Gastronomy. In 2006, Albert was awarded a Master of Arts in Gastronomy, with a dissertation titled The History of Beer in Recipes in the United States. Albert also holds 10 professional certifications including Certified Culinary Professional, Certified Executive Chef, Certified Specialist of Wine, Certified Specialist of Spirits and Certified Food and Beverage Executive as well as three educator certifications.
Albert was the chairperson of the certification committee for the International Association of Culinary Professionals from 2005 to 2007, and has served on other committees including the scholarship and nominating committees. Albert was a featured speaker at the IACP Conference in Chicago (2007) and in Denver (2009). At the Denver Conference he moderated a panel, Bourbon: America's Native Spirit that also included, Adam Seger, Josh Hafer, and Master Distiller Parker Beam. He moderated a similar session at the 2010 Society of Wine Educator Conference in Washington DC with Josh Hafer and Master Distiller Craig Beam. Albert also spoke at the 2009 American Wine Society Conference in Destin, Florida on the History of American Winemaking. Albert was the featured chef at the 2010 & 2011 Jim Beam cooking school sharing the stage with Master Distiller, Fred Noe. He is the author of The Beverage Manager's Guide to Wines, Beers and Spirits, published by Prentice-Hall/Pearson Education and The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook published by the University Press of Kentucky, which won the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Book for Cooking with Wines, Beers, and Spirits in the USA and lately won for Best Book for Cooking with Drinks in the world. Albert served on the editorial board for the Journal of Culinary Science and Technology from 2005-2010. He is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the American Culinary Federation, and the Society of Wine Educators.
Dawn McGiffen has over thirty years' senior management-level experience in the lodging industry. Her management responsibilities included full-service and limited service hotels, resort properties, and hotel infrastructures with office and condominium complexes. Dawn was recognized by Holiday Inns International as a specialized group identified as the Road Scholars Master Performers. The purpose of these assignments included new hospitality properties for pre-opening and training of supervisors and staff employees.
During high school and college, Dawn worked in many hourly hospitality positions. After graduating from college, she was a high school instructor for two years with concentration in Business Law and Business Management. She greatly missed the hospitality industry and accepted a position as a Sales & Marketing Representative. Within two years, she was promoted to the Director of Sales of the hotel division. Dawn and her sales and marketing team received the highest performance awards by Holiday Inns Worldwide, the Torchbearer Award. "To accomplish this as a group was the result of teamwork and the love of our industry. We continued to achieve several awards and special recognition, which exceeded our expectations."With years of sales and marketing experience, Dawn accepted the position of Vice President of Sales & Marketing, representing 12 hotels in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Georgia. "During that period, the industry was experiencing franchise renewals, expansion, and major renovations… everyday encompassed change in all areas. Accommodating and maintaining our business segments, guests' services, and revenue goals were tough, however, we achieved our goals and the hotel properties received the Superior Hotel Award, the most prestigious service and product award by our chain."
Dawn has been with Sullivan University since1999, and she currently teaches courses in the Hotel/Restaurant Management associate's degree program and the Hospitality Management bachelor's degree program. She is past president and board member of the Greater Louisville Hotel and Lodging Association and past commissioner of the Louisville and Jefferson County Convention & Visitor's Bureau. Dawn challenges herself and each of her students to develop their abilities, talents, and skills for leadership. "I truly believe that instructors should positively challenge and coach each student and assist his/her professional development. The classroom is an exciting environment to inspire learning and direct a student's originality by creating a positive atmosphere and fostering perseverance. Dawn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Louisville, and she is a member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the National Restaurant Association, the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, and the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education. Dawn's professional certifications from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association include Certified Rooms Division Executive (CRDE), Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) and Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA). She is a contributing author to the Prentice-Hall textbook, The Hospitality Manager's Guide to Wines, Beers & Spirits.