Marissa Orlowski

Orlowski, Marissa


Beverage Management, Food/Culinary Management, Hospitality, Events and Tourism, Leadership, Management


Hospitality leadership, Employee compensation, Food and beverage management, Responsible alcohol service, Food and beverage consumption, Packaging and presentation, Quantitative research methods

Degree: Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor

Department: School of Hospitality


Mobile Phone: 407-744-5250


Marissa Orlowski, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the School of Hospitality at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is the coordinator of the Gina and Frank Day Leadership Academy that offers hospitality professionals and students with both academic and credential career development opportunities. Orlowski teaches courses in organizational behavior, strategic management and service leadership. Her area of expertise includes hospitality leadership, employee compensation, food and beverage management, responsible alcohol service, food and beverage consumption, packaging and presentation as well as quantitative research methods.

Orlowski has 14 years of hospitality management and leadership experience, primarily in food, beverage and catering operations. She has worked with prominent brands such as Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts, and the Cheesecake Factory. In addition, she has published multiple articles in leading hospitality journals including the International Journal of Hospitality Management, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management and the Journal of Service Management. She is also a senior associate editor for the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management and is involved with the United States Bartender’s Guild, serving as the chair of their Master Accreditation Committee. Orlowski’s primary research area is food and beverage, which she studies through the dual-lens of organizational and consumer behavior.

Orlowski received her Ph.D. in hospitality management and a doctoral certificate in advanced quantitative methodologies in educational and human services from the University of Central Florida in 2016, an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2012 and a bachelor’s in hospitality management from Michigan State University in 1998.