Christina Minihan, PhD, is a Special Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. Dr. Minihan has a great passion for teaching and building relationships with her students. She has instructed at both The University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University. She has taught a variety of courses including Principles of Natural Resource Tourism, Commercial Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality, Law Administration, Leadership, Event and Program Planning and has recently developed and taught Culinary Tourism. She often provides an opportunity for students to engage with the local community through dynamic guest speakers from renowned leaders, to owners of chocolate farms, brewers, and river raft guides. Dr. Minihan often takes students off campus to engage with the community and believes some of the best classroom settings include breweries, farms, vineyards, cheese shops and restaurants.
In addition to instructing, Dr. Minihan is an author, collaborator, and culinary entrepreneur. Her business, Chefs on the Go is centered on community development and introduces children to the joys of cooking through working with local chefs. She received her Masters in Management and Ph.D. in Culinary Tourism at Colorado State University. Her current research is culinary tourism focused on commercial service experience applied to both breweries and restaurants. Dr. Minihan’s latest publication is Cooking with Beer in Colorado, which unites various local chef and brewer talents.
Christina delights in traveling the world, understanding other cultures and embracing the delightful discoveries of the local flavors along the way.