Michelle Scarpino-Johns

Visiting Assistant Professor



Academic Background

  • Ph.D., University of Wollongong, AUS, Management, 2015
  • M.S., Universidad del País Vasco / EHU, SPAIN, Economic Integration, 2010
  • M.S., Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, 2008
  • B.A., Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TX, Communications and Media Studies, 2004

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Prior to joining Farmer School of Business, Michelle taught in the management field at the University of Wollongong in Australia. Michelle has also worked as researcher and International Project Leader at CICtourGUNE tourism and technology center in San Sebastian, Spain, and served as the Public Relations Specialist and Proposal Production Coordinator for Hernandez Engineering (NASA subcontractor in Houston, Texas) in the years prior.

Recent Publications

  • Scarpino, M. & Gretzel, U. (2014).Conceptualising Organisational Resilience in Tourism Disaster and Crisis Management. In Ritchie, B.W. and Campiranon, K. (Eds), Tourism Crisis and Disaster Management in the Asia-Pacific.
  • Shao, J., Scarpino, M., Lee, Y. & Gretzel, U. (2012). Media-Induced Voluntourism in Yunnan, China. Tourism Review International, 15(3), 277-292.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational resilience and disaster/crisis management
  • Organizational behavior
  • Tourism industry development and sustainability


Michelle grew up in Clear Lake, a suburb of Houston and completed her first two higher education degrees in Texas. She currently lives in the Dayton area with family and friends but thoroughly enjoys domestic and international travel. Michelles past research projects have included European research (ERANET-European Research Area) and include, sustainable tourism development (ERNEST); virtual travel and user-experience design (Metaverse1); and international tourism and mobility research coordination (INRouTe and TTRA Europe/USA). Her current research interests are focused in:

Resilience management: Impacts of inter-organizational relationship type on resource management; devolved and responsive decision-making in crisis management; the influence of organizational and individual leadership style on minimization of silo mentality; public-sector decision-making; destination management; the conditions and usefulness of inter-organizational learning in cross-sector relationships; sustainable tourism development.

Crisis Technology Adoption and Use: Influence of contextual factors on the likelihood of adoption and effectiveness of use of crisis/disaster readiness, response and information management technologies; use of social media in crisis planning, response and decision-making.


  • SPRING 2019
  • MGT 291 A 11:40AM- 1:00PM W F 13 FSB
  • MGT 291 B 1:15PM- 2:35PM W F 13 FSB
  • MGT 291 C 2:50PM- 4:10PM W F 13 FSB
  • MGT 291 D 4:25PM- 5:45PM W F 13 FSB

Contact Information

Office Hours

  • by appointment


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