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900 W. Mitch Daniels Blvd.
West Lafayette, IN 47909

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Stephen Leitch

Clinical Assistant Professor, White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Director of Undergraduate Programs and Student Engagement
Assistant Director, Center for Hospitality & Retail Industries Business Analytics


Stephen Leitch, PhD is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Purdue University, teaching business classes in Consumer Science and Hospitality Management.  His teaching and research interests cover revenue management, marketing, and big data.  He has won several innovation in teaching awards and holds strong ties to industry and the business community.  He is also the Assistant Director in the Centre for Hospitality & Retail Industries Business Analytics at Purdue, speaker at many events, reviewer for a number of top journals and consultant on a number of industry projects.    In addition to academics, Stephen has founded and sold a number of retail/ecommerce businesses and is Executive Director for Millie’s Mission, a not-for-profit group of stores in Indiana.


  • Ph.D. Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue University August 2018
  • M.S. Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue University May 2006
  • Strathclyde University (Scottish Hotel School), Scotland, UK B.A. Hotel and Hospitality Management, May 2004

Current Courses

  • HTM 100 - Introduction to the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
  • HTM 101 - Hospitality and Tourism Student Seminar
  • HTM 141 - Financial Accounting for the Service Industries
  • HTM 162 - Introduction to Event and Meeting Planning Industry
  • HTM 173 - Introduction to Tourism Management
  • HTM 181 - Lodging Management
  • HTM 231 - Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
  • HTM 241 - Managerial Accounting and Financial Management in Hospitality Operations
  • HTM 262 - Festivals and Special Events
  • HTM 331 - Hospitality and Tourism Sales and Service
  • HTM 341 - Cost Controls in Foodservice and Lodging
  • HTM 362 - Event and Meeting Management
  • HTM 372 - Global Tourism Geography
  • HTM 381 - Revenue Management in the Lodging Industry
  • HTM 531 - Hospitality and Tourism Marketing II