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Sylvia Smith

Sylvia Smith, Professor

Dr. Sylvia Smith joined the faculty at SIU in 2007. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee while completing research on Culinary Tourism. Her interest in food is what landed her in Carbondale, Illinois. During one of her interviews, she had a chance to visit the local farmer’s market. The market, people, and produce were so abundant and thriving she recognized the quality of life that could be possible in the Carbondale community. In 2010, she helped establish the Illinois Farmers Market Association.

Professor Smith has over twenty years of restaurant industry experience and teaches many of the food service management classes in the Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management program at SIU. Not surprisingly, her research interests focus on food and beverage topics, such as culinary tourism, local foods, craft beer, and sensory evaluation. Smith is published in academic journals and also serves to review. Additionally, she is a member of the Society of Sensory Professionals as well as an institutional member of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE).

Sylvia Smith

Quigley Hall, 209 B
Office: 618-536-7567
Dept: 618-453-3307

Selected Publications

Smith, S., Trushenski, J.T., & Hasin, A. (2022). Consumer Study of US Farm Raised Trout: Comparing Harvest Methods. Journal of Aquatic Food Product Technology (forthcoming).

Smith, S., & Asirvatham, J. (2022). Rural Craft Beer Tourism: Consumer Attributes and Regional Economic Impact. Journal of Gastronomy and Tourism doi:10.3727/216929722X16354101932050

Cervantes, C., Smith, S., & Null, D. (2022). Malt Beverage Formulation and Labeling: Brewers’ Knowledge and Need for Resources. International Journal of Hospitality Beverage Management 3: doi:

Cervantes, C., Smith, S. (2021). Tax and Trade Bureau Labeling and Formula Processes: Evaluating Craft Brewer Burdens. Beverages 7(3), 64; doi:10.3390/beverages7030064

Smith, S., Vigardt, A. & Huseman, E. (2020). Food Neophobia at Farmers Markets and Its Influence on Asian Greens: A Cross-Sectional Study. International Journal of Consumer Studies (submitted).

Kumar, A. & Smith, S. (2019). A Review of Local Food Consumption in the USA. Reference Module in Food Science. Elsevier, pp. 1–7. doi:

Smith, S., Null, D. & Zimmerman, K. (2019). Food Access and School Gardens in Rural Food Deserts: Teacher Awareness. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal, 63(2), 1-27.

Hasin, A. & Smith, S. (2018). Farmers Market Manager's Level of Communication and Influence on Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Adoption at Mid-west Farmers Markets. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 50(1), 43-50.

Loehmer, E., Smith, S., McCaffrey, J., & Davis, J. (2018). Examining Internet Access and Social Media Application Use for Online Nutrition Education in SNAP-Ed Participants in Rural Illinois. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 48(6), 75-82.

Smith, S., Farrish, J. McCarroll, M. & Huseman, E. (2017). Examining the Craft Brew Sector: Identifying Research Needs. International Journal of Hospitality Beverage Management, 1(1) 1-17.

Kumar, A. & Smith, S. (2017). Understanding Locavores: Theory of Planned Behavior and Segmentation Approach. Journal of Food Products Marketing, 23(5), 1-20.

Morris, L., & Smith, S., Davis, J., & Null, D. (2016). The Prevalence of Food Security and Insecurity Among Illinois University Students. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 48(9), 376-382.

Hasin, A., & Smith, S. (2016). The Diffusion of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Technology at Illinois Farmers’ Markets: Measuring the Perceived Attributes of the Innovation. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 11(3), 1-27.

Altman, I., Rendleman, C. M., Hoemmen, G., Moon, W., Taylor, B., & Smith, S. (2016). Wine Industry Competiveness: A Survey of the Shawnee Hills American Viticultural Area. Wine Economics and Policy, 5(1), 4-13.

Smith, S., Varble, S., & Secchi, S. (2015). Fish Consumers: Environmental Attitudes and Purchasing Behavior. Journal of Food Products Marketing, Published online: 03 Mar 2015, 1-17.

Hasin, A., & Smith, S. (2014). Illinois Farmers' Markets Using EBT: Impacts on SNAP Redemption and Market Sales. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 5(1), 179-188.

Moss, A., Smith, S., Null, D., & Tragoudas, U. (2013). Farm-to-School and Nutrition Education: Positively Affecting Elementary School-Aged Children’s Nutrition Knowledge and Consumption Behavior. Childhood Obesity, 9(1), 51-56.

Smith, S., Wlklenski, D., Long, S., & Tragoudas, U. (2013). Does School Size Affect Interest for Purchasing Local Foods in the Midwest? Childhood Obesity, 9(2), 150-156.

Smith, S., Trushenski, J., & Hill, H. (2013). Testing Nutritional Value and Consumer Acceptability of Hybrid Striped Bass Raised on Sustainable Feeds. Journal of Culinary Science & Technology, 11(2), 131-154.

Leuhr, L., & Smith, S. (2012). The Effectiveness of Food Sustainability Education Among Elementary Age Students. Journal of Student Research, 1(3), 43-48.

Middleton, C., & Smith, S. (2011). Purchasing Habits of Senior Farmer's Market Shoppers: Utilizing the Theory of Planned Behavior. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, 30(3) 249-260.

Babich, R & Smith, S. (2010). “Cradle to Grave”: An Analysis of Sustainable Food Systems in a University Setting. Journal of Culinary Science & Technology, 8(4), 180-190.

Smith, S., Davis, N., & Pike, J. (2010). Rural Tourism Development: A Case Study of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail in Southern Illinois. Journal of Extension [On-line], Available at:(

Smith, S., Costello, C., Kim, K., & Jahn, W. (2010). Serious Leisure Tourism: A Case Study with the First Knoxville Marathon. Advances in Hospitality and Leisure,6,43-58.