Dr. Kara Wolfe

C.C. Wheeler Endowed Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Kara WolfeDr. Kara Wolfe is the Director for the Hospitality Leadership (HL) program and teaches undergraduate courses in lodging operations, hospitality law, and hospitality accounting, as well as many others.

Dr. Wolfe has co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles in journals including the International Journal of Hospitality Management, International Journal of Tourism Research and Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education. Her research focus is related to emotional intelligence, food attitudes, tourism marketing, and hospitality education. Her most recent project used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to study brain activity while participants viewed images of food.

Dr. Wolfe completed her Ph.D. at Kansas State University. During her graduate studies she worked as a research associate at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Prior to coming to Bradley University she was an associate professor at North Dakota State University (NDSU). Her previous work experiences include Assistant Director of a conference center and various positions in the lodging and foodservice segments of the industry.

Dr. Nina Collins, professor and chairperson emeritus of the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, was the inaugural C.C. Wheeler Endowed Professor and served in that capacity from 2005 until 2011. Dr. Wolfe was named as the second professor to hold the honor in 2013. The endowed professorship was established in honor of Cecilia Chesko Wheeler, a 1942 Bradley alumna, whose wish was that her estate gift be used by the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences for the overall purpose of helping empower women.