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Erin Kenyan Instructional Assistant Professor

B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Houston; M.B.A. in Human Resources Management, University of Phoenix. CHE.


  • Catering Sales
  • Event Planning
  • Convention Services
  • Leadership
  • Etiquette and Protocol

Career Highlights
More than 20 years of industry experience, including serving as catering sales manager and convention services manager for the Westin Galleria & Westin Oaks Hotel in Houston and business travel sales manager for the Omni Ambassador East in Chicago; prior to joining the faculty in 2005, taught in the culinary department at The Art Institute of Houston and for The Art Institute Online's culinary and hotel and restaurant program; served as executive director of Gourmet Night from 2005 to 2017; serves as faculty advisor for the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) University of Houston Student Chapter, which has become the largest student chapter in the nation under her leadership; won the 2009 Houston NACE Baumann Reinhardt Member of the Year Award for her work with the UH chapter and others around the nation; earned the Donald Greenaway Award for Teaching Excellence for the 2008-2009 academic year; received the Distinguished Young Alumna Award from the Hilton College Alumni Association in 2006 and the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2017.