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Over 40 Years of Hospitality & Tourism Experience

Chaplin faculty members combine strong academic credentials with excellent teaching skills and extensive executive-level industry experience to inspire students to become leaders in hospitality and tourism.

Professional Strength @ FIU

Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management has been distinguished as one of the top hospitality programs in the United States. More than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation and around the world choose FIU for its outstanding reputation, advantageous campus locations, expert faculty, rich curriculum, and fast-track career opportunities in the international hotel, food service, and tourism industries. In August 2006, FIU unveiled the first American hospitality and tourism school in Tianjin, China.

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For more than four decades, the Chaplin School has inspired excellence throughout the hospitality and tourism industry, and now you can leverage that expertise for your own organization.

Chip Cassidy

Professor Cassidy teaches students the art of wine tasting.

Michael Cheng

Interim Dean Cheng helped launch StartUP FIU FOOD program as part of a university-wide initiative in innovation and entrepreneurship.

John Thomas

Professor John Thomas and Professor Miranda Kitterlin-Lynch, co-authored a paper on the future of Cuba’s tourism industry.

Nancy Scanlon
Nancy Scanlon

Dr. Nancy Scanlon discussed the impacts of the UN’s sustainable development goals and lodging practices for Hotel Business Review.

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Michael Cheng Ph.D. CHE

Interim Dean
Expertise: Culinology Competencies, Curriculum Development, Event Planning, Food Product Development, Hospitality Management Competencies, Instructional Design, Restaurant and Foodservice Management
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Diann Newman Ed.D.

Vice Dean
Expertise: Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Human Relations, Leadership Training, Teambuilding
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Rocco Angelo M.B.A.

Associate Dean, Alumni
E.M. Statler Professor
Expertise: Restaurant and Hotel Operations
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Mohammad Qureshi M.S.

Associate Dean, Facilities & Operations
Expertise: Food & Beverage/Operations Management, Hospitality Accounting and Facilities Management
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Elizabeth Wesner Ph.D.

Assistant Dean, Marriott Tianjin China Program
Expertise: Anthropology of Education, Chinese Cultural Studies, Chinese Education, Cross-cultural Communication, East Asian Studies, Foreign Language Education, Higher Education, Multicultural Education, TESOL
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John Thomas J.D.

Department Chair
Expertise: Arbitration, Coastal and Ocean Law, Cruise Line Management, Doing business in Cuba, Environmental Law, Gaming Law, Hospitality Law, International Trade, Maritime Law/ Cruise Ship Law, Negotiations, Travel Law
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Lindsay Ackerman M.S.

Lecturer
Expertise: Beer & Wine
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Imran Ahmad Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Expertise: Food Process Engineering, Bioprocess Technology, Postharvest Technology, Food Analysis and Quality Assurance, New Product Development, Engineering Properties of Food Materials, Instrumentation
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Rossy Ambe Cohen M.S.

Director of Food & Beverage Programs
Expertise: Baking and Pastry, Catering Management, Culinary Arts, Event Management, Kosher Cuisine, ServSafe Food Protection
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John Buschman Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate
Expertise: Community Food Security, Corporate Social Responsibility, Food Rescue and Recovery, International Group Travel Operations, International Hospitality & Tourism Sales & Marketing, Service Learning
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Lisa Cain Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Expertise: Globalization & Competitive Methods and Marketing
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Patrick Cassidy B.S.

Instructor
Expertise: Merchandising and Inventory Control, Wine Buyer, Wine Consultant, Wine Judge
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Howook Chang Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Expertise: Customer Experience Management, Green Operations, Optimal Pricing, Product & Service Development, Service Innovation
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Joseph Cilli M.S.

Director, Distance Learning
Expertise: Curriculum Design, Data Mining, Faculty Development, Hospitality Information Technologies, Online Education
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Brian Connors M.S., CHE, CSW

Instructor
Expertise: Cruise Ships, Culinary, Hotel & Resorts, Mega Yachts, Restaurants, Wine & Beverage Education and Certified Sommelier
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Dan Cormany Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Expertise: Conventions and Meetings, Higher Education Administration, Medical Tourism, Special Events, Trade Shows
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Hui Dai J.D.

Assistant Professor
Expertise: Law and Management
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Nathan Dodge M.S.

Instructor
Expertise: Classroom Management, Data Analysis, Facilities, Quality and Revenue Management
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