Robert Lothrop


JWU Faculty Since 2000

Professor Robert Lothrop

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Dr. Robert Lothrop is a full-time professor at Johnson & Wales University. He began his career with the university in 2000 at the Denver, CO campus and has been at the Charlotte, NC campus since 2011. Lothrop was one of the owners of Fullbar LLC and served as the company’s director of research & development responsible for the innovation of the company’s weight loss products.

Prior to joining Johnson & Wales University, Robert held the position of assistant director of food & beverage operations for Primadonna Casino Resorts; part of the MGM/Mirage family of resorts in Primm, Nevada. He also has been employed in a food and beverage management capacity for companies such as Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, ITT Sheraton Hotels, Raynham/Taunton Greyhound Park and the Walt Disney World Company.

Lothrop earned his doctoral degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Colorado State University focusing on research into the functional use of non-nutritive sweeteners in baked food systems. Additionally, Dr. Lothrop earned a masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, a bachelor degree from Johnson & Wales University and a certificate in French Cuisine from École Supérieure de Cuisine Française.


  • Ph.D., Food Science & Human Nutrition, Colorado State University
  • M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Phoenix
  • B.S., Culinary Arts, Johnson & Wales University
  • Certificate, École Supérieure de Cuisine Française

I earned my doctoral degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Colorado State University, with a focus on research into the functional use of non-nutritive sweeteners

Teaching Interests

Food Science
Food Product Research & Development
Food Chemistry
Cereal Chemistry
Food Quality Assurance and Food Safety
Food & Beverage Operations Management
Business Operations Management
Business Strategic Management


  • FSC3010 Food Quality Assurance
  • FSC3020 Food Chemistry
  • FSC3040 Food Ingredients & Formulations
  • FSC3050 Fermentation Science & Functional Foods
  • FSC4020 Principals of Food Processing
  • FSC4040 Prodct Research & Development

Professional Affiliations

Institute of Food Technologists

Q&A with Robert

At JWU, education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom. You’re not going to spend four years with your nose buried in a book, learning theories you may never get a chance to apply — you’re going to get out there and apply them, be it through internships, group projects, leadership opportunities, competitions and more.

What College Do You Teach In?

College of Hospitality Management