Damien L. Duchamp
Executive Director for Hospitalent.org
224 Laurelton Road • Irondequoit NY 14609
Damien L. Duchamp grew up in France and the U.S., earning degrees from SUNY New Paltz, Clemson University, and Gwynedd Mercy University. His doctoral research was focused on tourism in Africa, entitled “Perceptions of the Hospitality and Tourism Industries by 18-24 Year Olds in Ghana, West Africa.”
Dr. Duchamp’s first career was in higher education as a student affairs practitioner where he specialized in event planning, organization advising, marketing and promotions. In 2009 Damien left college administration to become a brand ambassador for Evian Water. In this role he visited ~100 restaurants, bars, hotels and lounges each week. This exposure led to consulting with venues and brands, as well as coaching/advising startups. Over the years highlights include producing major concerts, designing a line of clothing and accessories, launching a restaurant franchise, and developing a new POS system.
With significant industry connections Dr. Duchamp began teaching part-time at various tourism and hospitality management programs in New York City. Soon after, Damien became an assistant professor and department head at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn. There he would add a minor, create new courses, and organize countless programs for high school and college students. Dr. Duchamp has taught over 30 courses, including restaurant operations, customer service, marketing, social media, technology and tourism entrepreneurship. He continues to teach part time at St. John’s University and Monroe Community College.
In October of 2013 Dr. Duchamp founded Hospitalented.org, an entity focused on 'global hospitality education.'
The goal was to offer education and training to a larger audience. Around that time Damien was asked to
develop an educational conference for Ghana. What was supposed to be a single conference turned into 2-3
trips each year with the idea of improving the tourism industry as a whole. He has since hosted countless
tourism workshops, trainings, and is currently writing a book on tourism entrepreneurship. ‘Prof’ excels at
creating new revenue streams for communities large and small.
In 2019, Dr. Duchamp founded TeachingMVP.com to share his passion for online pedagogy. In February 2021, Damien expanded his role in distance education by becoming the inaugural assistant dean for online education at the Wegmans School of Nursing at St. John Fisher University in Rochester, NY. There he is responsible for a fully online Master of Science in Nursing program.
In addition to his full time role, Dr. Duchamp is consistently engaged in a variety of projects. Most notably, he works on global education and DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) through Hospitalented, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and was one of the architects for Certified by TravelUnity.org. He is also engaged in a fashion ecosystem (education, upcycling, tourism) project in Cameroon with FICOTA, and developing tourism applications using NFTs and augmented reality on the SuperWorld platform.
Dr. Duchamp’s research is focused on the use of audio in online learning, and tourism entrepreneurship in developing countries like Ghana. When time permits, he enjoys speaking at conferences, graduations and various meetings throughout the world. Damien lives with his wife Sonja in Rochester, New York - USA.
Learn more about Dr. Duchamp at profduchamp.com