Melinda Patience

Research Coordinator (Office of Tourism Analysis)

Address: Beatty 315
Office Hours: Use "Personal Website" link to see availability.
Phone: (843) 953-1996
Personal Website:

Melinda Patience is a 2007 College of Charleston graduate with dual degrees in Business Administration and Hospitality & Tourism Mangement. During her senior year, she completed her internship as a marketing research intern for the Office of Tourism Analysis. This internship sparked her interest in research and analytics. After graduation, Melinda worked for a competitive intelligence research firm in the Charleston area. During this time, she began taking computer science courses at Trident Technical College to broaden her skill set. In May 2013, Melinda returned to the College as the Research Coordinator for the Office of Tourism Analysis. She earned her M.S. in Data Analytics from Southern New Hampshire University in the March 2018. 


American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, STR SHARE Center
CHIA - Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics, 2014

Southern New Hampshire University - Manchester, NH
M.S., Data Analytics, 2018

College of Charleston - Charleston, SC
B.S., Business Administration, 2007
B.S., Hospitality and Tourism Management, 2007

Trident Technical College - Charleston, SC
A.S., Computer Technology - Information Systems Specialist, 2014
Certificate, Microcomputer Business Applications, 2012
Certificate, Microcomputer Expert User, 2012
Certificate, Internet Programming, 2013
Certificate, Database, 2013

Research Interests

  • Accommodation performance trends and visitor behaviors in the Charleston, SC area.



Litvin, S. W., Wilkie, J., Linder, C., & Patience, M. O. (2023). Experiential learning and hospitality research for the public good: a study of DUI and the F&B industry. Journal of Teaching in Travel & Toursim.

Brizek, M. G., Frash, R. E., McLeod, B. M., & Patience, M. O. (2021). Independent restaurant operator perspectives in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Hospitality Management93, 102766.

Frash Jr, R. E., Blose, J. E., Norman, W. C., & Patience, M. (2016). Healthy Parks, Happy People: An Exploratory Study of a County Park System.Journal of Park & Recreation Administration34(1).