Nancy Hritz, PhD


Nancy Hritz, PhD

Associate Professor for Hospitality Management

Room 231
One Sand Shark Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Office: 843-208-8356
Nancy Hritz, PhD

I have been a faculty member and researcher at the University of South Carolina Beaufort since 2015. I hold a PhD in Leisure Behavior, a Master in Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism and a Bachelor degree in Communication. 

I have completed multiple research projects in the professional sphere that include visitor profiles, conversion studies, and impact studies. I have worked with historical and beach communities and organizations such as the Hilton Head- Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Sea Pines Resort, Island Recreation Association of Hilton Head, Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitor Bureau, Town of Wrightsville Beach, NC, Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, Moore’s Creek National Battlefield (US National Park Service) and United States Masters Swimming. 

I have 15+ years of professional travel and tourism industry experience with past positions with Royal Caribbean, Inc., Hilton Hotels and Divi Resorts. Just for fun, I obtained my private pilot license in 2011 and fly a Cessna 182 with my husband. Other hobbies include sailing, diving, and yoga classes.  

  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Research & Professional Interests

PhD Leisure Behavior emphasis on Tourism Management,
Minor Public Policy, August 2006
Indiana University — Bloomington

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
University of Mt. Olive, December 2017

Master of Science in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
University of Missouri-Columbia, May 1997

Bachelor of Science in Communication, Minors English and Psychology,
University of Missouri-Columbia, August 1994

Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE), 2010
American Hotel and Lodging Association

  • HRTM B110 Intro to Hospitality Industry
  • HRTM B230 Hospitality Management
  • HRTM B235 Destination Marketing
  • HRTM B240 Event Promotion
  • HRTM B260 Hotel Management
  • HRTM B280 Tourism
  • HRTM B301 Cruise Line Management
  • HRTM B450 Hospitality Marketing Sales
  • HRTM B490 Hospitality Management Strategies
  • Sport Tourism 
  • Cruise Tourism 
  • Festival Tourism 
  • Technology and Travel Planning 
  • Visitor Experience