Lynn Huffman has been a faculty member at Texas Tech University since 1980. She served for 19 years as department chairperson of the Department of Nutrition, Hospitality and Retailing at Texas Tech, and she has been executive associate dean of the College of Human Sciences for the past eight years. Huffman was a founding faculty member of the hospitality management program, in which she has taught since 1983. She coordinated the development of the program’s distance education master’s degree and has taught two distance classes. Huffman coordinated the development and implementation of the first hospitality management doctoral degree in Texas.
Huffman has twice received the President's Excellence in Teaching Award and is a charter member of the Texas Tech Teaching Academy. She received from the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) the John Wiley and Sons Award for Innovation in Teaching, the Stevenson W. Fletcher Achievement Award for excellence in teaching and service to the hospitality industry, and the Howard B. Meek Award for lifetime contributions and outstanding service to hospitality education.
Her research activity has included principal or co-investigator on ten grants totaling $616,600. She has chaired eight undergraduate, 38 master's, and 18 doctoral committees along with serving on numerous graduate committees both in and out of the department. She has numerous professional presentations, refereed articles and book chapters.
Huffman is a member of several professional and honorary societies. She is most active in ICHRIE. She served four years as secretary for ICHRIE, three years as associate editor of Hosteur (a magazine for students), and has been on numerous ICHRIE committees and task force groups, chairing several. She served 12 years as commissioner for the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration and has participated in and chaired many accreditation site visits. Huffman has served as a reviewer for several journals, conference programs and textbooks.
Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology, Texas A&M University, 1977