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Brian Barker

Academic Degrees

MA, DePaul University, 2011
BA, Bethune-Cookman University, 2002

Teaching Interests

Introduction to Hospitality
Introduction to Global Tourism
Self and Team Leadership Studies​


Brian Barker is a full-time faculty member at DePaul University's School of Hospitality Leadership. Bringing over 13 years of industry experience to his current role, most of his industry experience has been spent with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts (FSHR). As an operational manager at FSHR Philadelphia, followed by FSHR Miami, he successfully led the Miami property to the attainment of the coveted AAA-Five Diamond Award status as Front Office Manager. Professor Barker attained his Master of Arts in Communications from DePaul University in 2011. He also attained his Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) certification from American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute in 2013.

Professor Barker leverages his industry experience and connections throughout the world to provide his students with real-world experiential learning in and outside of the classroom. In his years as an operational manager, Barker has come to understand that service excellence is attained through qualitative feedback. As a junior faculty member, Professor Barker has been recognized as a Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellow, a prestigious honor bestowed upon a few faculty members who seek to integrate entrepreneurial instruction into nontraditional entrepreneurial courses.

He has also provided customized professional training and lectures for major corporations such as the American Hotel Register Company and Accenture. His lectures and training topics are centralized around leadership and diversity development. Professor Barker is also an active advisor and chapter founder for DePaul University's National Society of Minorities in Hospitality chapter, an organization in which he served on the national board for three years during his undergraduate career. Committed to diversity, Professor Barker also serves as an executive board member for DePaul University's Black Alumni Association.

Professor Barker is currently developing a community-based café on the Southside of Chicago, and this café will have a programmatic theme to address some systemic challenges faced by community members.​