College of Human Sciences Splits Nutrition, Hospitality and Retailing Into Separate Departments

The new departments are Hospitality and Retail Management and Nutritional Sciences.

Written by Melissa Wofford

On Sept. 1, the Department of Nutrition, Hospitality and Retailing (NHR) at the Texas Tech University College of Human Sciences was restructured to form two new departments. The new departments are Hospitality and Retail Management and Nutritional Sciences.

The Department of Hospitality and Retail Management (HRM) includes the following degree plans:

  • Bachelor's degree or minor in restaurant, hotel and institutional management;
  • Bachelor's degree or minor in retail management;
  • Bachelor's degree or minor in restaurant, hotel and institutional management with secondary teacher certification in hospitality, nutrition and food science;
  • Master's degree in hospitality and retail management; and
  • Doctorate degree in hospitality administration.

Former NHR chairman Shane Blum is chairman for the newly formed HRM department. He said the new structure will better serve student needs.

“The HRM department is reviewing its undergraduate and graduate curricula to better meet the needs of its current and future students,” he said. “Changes such as advanced tracks at the undergraduate level, a 150-hour bachelor's and master's degree program and required international experience are being explored. The HRM faculty and staff look forward to providing an even better educational experience for students.”

The Department of Nutritional Sciences (NS) includes the following degree plans:

  • Bachelor's degree in nutritional sciences;
  • Bachelor's degree in nutritional sciences and dietetics;
  • Bachelor's degree in nutrition with a concentration in pre-professional health careers;
  • Bachelor's degree in nutrition with a concentration in nutrition, health and wellness;
  • Bachelor's degree in nutrition with a secondary teacher certification in hospitality, nutrition and food science;
  • Nutrition minor;
  • Dietetic internship with a master's degree in nutritional sciences option;
  • Master's degree in nutritional sciences; and
  • Doctorate degree in nutritional sciences.

Nikhil V. Dhurandhar will join the Texas Tech College of Human Sciences faculty as department chairman of the newly formed NS department. Dhurandhar is a professor in the Department of Infections and Obesity at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dhurandhar credits the dedication of administrators in influencing his decision to accept the new position.

“The genuine commitment and passion of administrators of the College of Human Sciences and Texas Tech to promote excellence in research and teaching was strikingly apparent,” he said. “It is a truly exciting opportunity to work with students, staff and faculty of the Department of Nutritional Sciences and with the College of Human Sciences. I am confident that together we will take this new department to the next level and beyond.”

Dean Linda C. Hoover further explained the benefit of the restructured departments.

“The two new departments in the College of Human Sciences house some of the college's largest and most successful programs,” she said. “This restructuring will enable the teaching, research and outreach missions of each new department to become more focused. With the increased visibility afforded by the creation of the new departments, their future contributions and accomplishments will garner national recognition. Dr. Blum and Dr. Dhurandhar will provide good leadership for the departments as they work toward reaching their goals.”


College of Human Sciences

The College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University provides multidisciplinary education, research and service focused on individuals, families and their environments for the purpose of improving and enhancing the human condition.

The college offers a Bachelor of Science degree with disciplines in:

  • Apparel Design and Manufacturing
  • Community, Family, and Addiction Services
  • Early Childhood
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Interior Design
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management
  • Retailing

The college also offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

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