Brett Walker’s PhD research focuses upon Flexible Delivery in Australian Hospitality Management Degree Programs: Perceptions of Educators and Students.
Brett has been involved with the hospitality industry since he was 16 years old. In that time he has held a diverse variety of positions from food and beverage waiter to Marre’d in three, four and five star restaurants to managing McDonald's Restaurants throughout Australia, the redevelopment and management of the Cafe at the Great Keppell Island Resort and he was employed as a part of the opening team at Twin Waters Resort where he progressed from Assistant Restaurant Manager to Beverage Manager and Food and Beverage Analyst. In 1992, Brett returned to full-time study and continued to work in the hospitality industry in such positions as bar attendant, restaurant and function supervisor, DJ and security.
In 1994, Brett completed a Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management) and then his honours year (1995) at The University of Queensland, Gatton Campus. In the years that followed, Brett took up teaching and tutoring positions at The University of Queensland, Bremer Institute of TAFE and Southbank Institute of TAFE, Kangaroo Point Campus in such areas as food and beverage management and electronic learning, During this time, he continued studying externally and in 1997, graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (UQ) in 1997. From there he went on to take up Hotel and Hospitality Management Lecturing positions at Russo Institute of Technology and Queensland Institute of Business Technology.
Today, Brett is completing his PhD while continuing to tutor in the area of Hospitality Management.
Brett's other interests are his family, technology and martial arts. He holds a third degree in Karate and first degree in Iaido.
Brett's research interests are Hospitality Management Education and Hospitality Management as a Discipline.