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Sylvia Smith Thoms

Sylvia Smith Thoms, Associate Professor

Environmental Resources and Policy - Animal Science

Dr. Sylvia Smith is a faculty member in the Department of Animal Science, Food and Nutrition in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University (SIU). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Smith teaches foodservice management classes at SIU. Her research includes farmers markets, farm to school programs, and consumer behavior concerning local food. Dr. Smith helped establish the Illinois Farmers Market Association. Her current research interests involve support of the local fermentation market, as well as sensory evaluation. She is a member of FoodWorks, the Illinois Farmers Market Association, Museum of Food and Drink, National Restaurant Association, and the Society of Sensory Professionals. She is published in academic journals and serves as a reviewer, as well.


HTA 156 - Multicultural Foods

HTA 202 - Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism

HTA 206 - Foodservice Sanitation

HTA 302 - Dimensions of Tourism

HTA 360 - Quantity Food PRoduction

HTA 373 - Food and Labor Cost Control

HTA 460 - Foodservice Management


  • Civic Engagement Award (2017) SIU College of Agricultural Sciences
  • College of Agricultural Sciences Team Award (2016): Dr. Alan Walters (Leader), Dr. Sylvia Smith, Dr. Ruplal Choudhary, April Vigardt
  • Outstanding Tenure Track Teaching Award (2016) SIU College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Teaching Award of Merit (2013) North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA)
  • Outstanding Tenure Track Teaching Award (2013) SIU College of Agricultural Sciences


Smith, S., Vigardt, A. & Huseman, E. (2017). Food Neophobia at Farmers Markets and Its Influence on Asian Greens: A Cross-Sectional Study. International Journal of Consumer Studies (submitted).

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.

Hasin, A. & Smith, S. (2017). 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, (in review).

Loehmer, E. & Smith, S. (2017). 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. Journal of Nutrition, Education and Behavior, 48(6), (in press).

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, 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.

Hasin, A., & Smith, S. (2014).  "Illinois Farmers' Markets Using EBT: Impacts on SNAP Redemption and Market Sales" (2014-0860) has been successfully received by Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 5(1), 179-188.

Smith, S., Varble, S., & Secchi, S. (2014). Fish Consumers: Environmental Attitudes and Purchasing Behavior. Journal of Food Products Marketing, Published online: 03 Mar 2015, 1-17.

Moss, A., Smith, S., Null, D., & Tragoudas, U. (2013). Farm to 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.

Smith, S., Costello, C., & Muenchen, R. (2009). Influence of Push and Pull Motivations on Satisfaction and Behavioral Intentions within a Culinary Tourism Event.  Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality & Tourism 11(1) 17-35.

Smith, S., & Middleton, C. (2009). Quality Meat Attributes Desirable to the Culinary Customer.  Journal of Culinary Science & Technology 6(4), 279-289.

Smith, S., & Costello, C. (2009). Segmenting Visitors to a Culinary Event: Motivations, Travel Behavior, and Expenditures. Journal of Hospitality Marketing & Management 18(1), 44-67.

Smith, S., & Costello, C. (2009). Utilizing the Importance-Performance Grid to Determine Factors that Influence Satisfaction with a Culinary Event. Journal of Vacation Marketing, 15(2), 2-22.

Sylvia Smith

Phone: 618-536-7567 
Office: Quigley Hall, Room 209-B