Dr. Kelly L. Cerialo

Academic Background

PhD, Leadership and Change, Antioch University
MS, Communication Management, University of Southern California
BA, Communications/PR/Mass Media, The College of New Jersey


Dr. Kelly L. Cerialo is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator in the Business and Hospitality Department at Paul Smith’s College. She is the Co-chair of the UNESCO Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve (New York/Vermont), a steering committee member for the U.S. UNESCO Biosphere Network, and founder/focal point for the U.S. Biosphere Reserve Youth Network. She coordinates international student exchanges with a focus on sustainable tourism and community development in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Italy and South Africa. She is the co-founder of the Adirondack to Appeninno Sustainable Parks and Communities Project – an international sustainable tourism initiative between the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano Biosphere Reserve in Italy and the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve.

Kelly received the David H. Chamberlain Excellence in Teaching Award in 2019 and Faculty Member of the Year at Paul Smith’s College in 2018. Kelly has presented at United Nations and UNESCO conferences in the U.S., Europe, and Africa. Research interests include the social impacts of tourism in protected areas, tourism in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves governance and management, recreation overuse, youth leadership mentoring in sustainable communities, and cross-cultural communication.

Connect with Kelly on LinkedIn to learn more about her current research and projects.

Courses Taught

HOS 270 Hospitality Applications
HOS 350 Field Studies in Hospitality
HOS 101 Hotel Resort And Tourism Industry Orient
HOS 270 Hospitality Applications
HOS 350 Field Studies in Hospitality
HOS 320 Festivals and Major Event Management
COM 210 Mass Communication
COM 320 Creating and Communicating Value
MGT 303/SOC 303 Semester in Residency
EST 330 Protected Landscapes and Community Sustainability (Study Abroad)


United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserve Program

Co-Chair, UNESCO Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Network

Working Group Member, U.S. UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Program

Member, United Nations Academic Impact Association

UNESCO Appennino Tosco-Emiliano Biosphere Reserve (Italy)

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute

Selected Publications, Presentations and Projects

Cerialo, K. L. (2021). The Social Impacts of Tourism in the UNESCO Champlain Adirondack Biosphere Reserve (USA). https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/717

“Rethinking UNESCO Designations: History and Future of the UNESCO Champlain Adirondack Biosphere Network” Plattsburgh State University. 2020

“An Introduction to UNESCO’s Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Network” Lake Champlain-Basin Program Technical Advisory Committee. 2020

Adirondack Research Consortium “Social Science Research in the Adirondacks” 2019

UNESCO European Man and Biosphere Reserve Conference, Dublin, Ireland: 2019
• Developing & implementing codes of practice for responsible tourism in
sensitive areas
• The role of biospheres in ecotourism: Bio-cultural Heritage Tourism:
Opportunities for creating new models of ecotourism

International Leadership Association Regional Conference “Next Generation
Leadership” Pretoria, South Africa 2018

Weskus Tourism Council, Western Cape, South Africa “Destination Stewardship in Protected Landscapes”

Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism Destination Marketing Summit “Creating a Destination Brand” 2018

International Leadership Association Annual Conference “Leadership in Turbulent Times” Brussels, Belgium 2018

Guest Lecturer – University of Vermont – “Sustainable Tourism in the Adirondacks”

Guest Lecturer – University of Parma, Italy – “Sustainable Tourism Management in UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserves” 2017 – 2019

EAT ADK Restaurant Week – Field Studies in Hospitality Class Project 2015

Contact »

Associate Professor
Business & Hospitality
Pickett 219
(518) 327-6386
Year started at PSC: 2013