MSU Denver Experts Guide
Food/Culinary Management, Hospitality, Events and Tourism, Labor Relations, Law, Management, Workplace Issues
Food safety, Risk management, Sustainability, Workplace violence, Employment/management issues, Bed bug litigation
Department: School of Hospitality
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Christian E. Hardigree, J.D., is the founding dean of the School of Hospitality at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
She served as founding director and professor of the Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia from 2012 to 2018. Hardigree oversaw more than 260 majors with a total enrollment of more than 1,500 students. She also worked for Parnell & Associates as a senior litigation attorney and partner focusing on employment discrimination, arbitration, mediation and labor-management relations. Hardigree serves on a number of industry committees and advisory boards. In 2012, she was selected as a faculty institute senior teaching fellow at UNLV, where she also received the Sam and Mary Boyd Distinguished Professor for Service Award in 2011 and the Boyd Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award in 2010.
Hardigree is a researcher and frequent conference presenter. Her areas of expertise are in food safety, risk management, sustainability, workplace violence, bedbug litigation and employment/management issues.
Hardigree received her Juris Doctorate from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University and a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at University of Nevada Las Vegas.Edit this page