Mission & Values


Located in one of the largest and most dynamic cities in the United States and with exceptional connections to industry, Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management is recognized as a model of sustainable excellence in education, research, and service.


The School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management is the leading school for academically talented individuals from diverse backgrounds who are preparing for careers in hospitality, recreation, sport, and tourism management.  By leveraging our location in a major hub of sport and tourism, we advance industry through high quality research, superior educational programs, and competitive business solutions.

We are committed to the following:

  • To educate, advocate, and communicate about the importance of diversity and inclusion by fostering an inclusive and engaging environment to recruit, retain, and develop students, faculty and staff
  • To advance knowledge through relevant high quality research and doctoral training ion,;
  • To meet the leadership needs within our industries , by preparing students  through high quality student-centered professional preparation programs;

To enhance our industries by offering quality service to partner organizations.


We transform lives while instilling these values in students in an effort to prepare the leaders for tomorrow’s world.  Our goal is to produce graduates who are responsible leaders and stewards for the companies and destinations where they work and live.  Our five core values guide our teaching and research, as well as the focus of the school.

  • Knowledge – expertise and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject known in a particular field; facts and information, awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation. The knowledge creation process includes creativity,critical thinking, and networking for change and innovation through complex cognitive processes of perception, reasoning, learning, communication, association and application
  • Professionalism – professional skills, competencies or standards associated with a profession, attitude and behavior that reflect these. The ability to align personal and organizational conduct with ethical and professional standards that include a responsibility to the customer or guest and community, a service orientation, and a commitment to lifelong learning and improvement.  Professionalism incorporates leadership, practicality, attention to services, concern for the relevance and timeliness of evidence, reflexivity, teamwork and partnership building skills, and proactivity. 
  • Mutuality – diversity, inclusion, equity, humility, collaboration.  Mutual respect is seen as a value grounded in human relationships that requires attitudinal developments that are evolving, dynamic and involve acceptance, self-awareness of structural inequalities, open-mindedness, empowerment, and ability to revisit one’ cultural understanding of the world.
  • Ethics – distinguishing between behavior that is right and wrong, the basis for good action and provides a framework for judging actions that are questionable. Ethical behavior means striving for actions that are deemed “good” based on principles and values, making such principles and values explicit and rendering the processes that leads to decisions transparent.
  • Stewardship – implies that the earth is a divine gift which we are permitted to use and take care of it for the benefit of future generations.  Leadership in three distinct aspects of stewardship: sustainability, responsibility, and service to the community.  Responsibility for the environment and the society and power and/or influence sustainability.