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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Faculty and Staff

Scott Taylor, Jr., Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Graduate Program Director / Wine & Beverage Institute Assistant Director
Department: School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management
Phone: 803-576-7389
Office: Close-Hipp 620
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Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2018
M.S., University of Missouri, 2012
B.S., University of Missouri, 2009


Scott Taylor, Jr., Ph.D., an alumnus of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of South Carolina, works as an assistant professor in HTMT, as well as serving as the Wine & Beverage Institute assistant director and director of the graduate program. Before returning to South Carolina, Taylor worked at the Hilton College of Global Hospitality Leadership at the University of Houston.

Prior to his career in academia, he spent 15-plus years in the food, beverage and retail industries, including management-level positions with DMK Restaurant’s, Francesca’s Restaurants and Gap Inc. Taylor has authored or co-authored 20-plus peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings. He has also served as a chef instructor for the South Carolina State Farmer’s Market Produce Safety University and is a founding member of the Carolina Dining Sustainability Working Group.

In his spare time, Taylor is an avid marathon and (striving) ultra-marathon runner.

Research Interests

  • Food and beverage operations and consumer behavior
  • Craft beer operations and consumer behavior
  • Consumer segmentation within the food and beverage industry

Honors and Awards

  • Member of Eta Sigma Delta — International Hospitality Management Honor Society

Professional Affiliations

  • International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education
  • Certified Beer Server with the Cicerone Program

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