Dr. Joel Frater is an associate professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. He also serves as Assistant to the Provost for Diversity in Academic Affairs. He joined the department in the fall of 1995, and has assumed major teaching responsibilities at both the undergraduate and graduate level focusing on tourism, event planning, and internship supervision. Since 1997, Joel has been conducting staff development training for employees in various Caribbean resorts. His research interests are the impact of tourism, particularly in the Caribbean Region, and the development of culturally sensitive training modules for employees in the tourism and hospitality industry.