David Lee Corsun

Professor and Director, Knoebel School of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management

  • Faculty

Professional Biography

Dr. David L. Corsun earned his Ph.D. from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University in 1999. His major area was organizational behavior. Dr. Corsun also holds a BS in Hotel Administration from Cornell and and MS in Food Service Management from New York University. He has served as Director of the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver since July, 2007, and has previously taught at UNLV, Washington State University, NYU, and Cornell.

Dr. Corsun’s research interests are in the areas of empowerment, diversity, and labor-management relations. His work has been published in Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Management Inquiry, Human Relations, Journal of Management Development, Cornell Hotel & Restaurant Administration Quarterly, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, and International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management.

Prior to attending graduate school, Dr. Corsun was a restaurateur in New York City, working in a management and/or consulting role in operations such as Tavern on the Green, The Greene Street Café, Live Bait, El Rio Grande, and Lincoln Center. He was also the chef-owner of Zanzibar & Grill, a jazz restaurant, from 1987-1990.


  • Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, Cornell University, 1999
  • MA, Food Service Management, New York University, 1993
  • BS, Hotel Administration, Cornell University, 1983

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Level II Certification in Spirits
  • Level II Certification in Wine