Dr. Tracy Michaud Stutzman, former executive director of the Maine Crafts Association and the Maine Highlands Guild, has joined the faculty of the Program in Tourism and Hospitality for 2012-13. Her title will be Lecturer in Anthropology, and she will be based in the Program in Geography-Anthropology, Muskie School of Public Service.
She will teach courses in both anthropology and tourism that draw upon her extensive experience in economic development, cultural and arts tourism, and community planning, as well as her academic training in anthropology and archaeology. Tracy will also work with other program faculty to develop our concentrations in Tourism Development and Planning, and Culture, Arts and Heritage Tourism.
Many who work in tourism, the arts, and economic development in Maine will have heard of Tracy or know of her efforts. She was instrumental in the creation of the Maine Center for Craft at the West Gardiner Travel Plaza, a joint effort between the Maine Crafts Association, the Maine Turnpike Authority, the Maine Office of Tourism, and the Governor's Office. She also brought together players as diverse as the Maine Mall and the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance to highlight the work of Maine craftspeople and artisans at the Maine Mall, one of the most visited tourist sites in the state.
We are very excited to have Tracy join us in the first year of our program. Her vast expertise in working with community organizations, local and regional development agencies, artists and artisans, and government entities will be a tremendous asset to the Program in Tourism and Hospitality. To reach Tracy, and read her full bio, please see her profile in our People section.