Muhittin Cavusoglu, PhD, CHE, CHAE, CHTP, CHIA is an assistant professor in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of South Florida on the Sarasota-Manatee campus. Before joining USF, Cavusoglu served as an assistant professor at the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management and as the director of the Hospitality Digital Transformation Lab at Northern Arizona University (NAU).
Cavusoglu’s research interests are in the areas of information technology in hospitality and tourism, hospitality finance and accounting, event management, and online learning in hospitality and tourism. To date, he has contributed over 50 academic publications including refereed journal articles, international conference papers and presentations, book chapters, and invited papers. Cavusoglu is the recipient of two “best paper” awards: one from the Academy for Global Business Advancement at its 15th Annual Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand in 2018, and a second at the Western Decision Sciences Institute Conference at its 45th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2016. He was also awarded the 2020 Emerald Literati Award for Outstanding Paper.
Regarding his teaching experience, he has taught Hospitality Information Technology II, Revenue Management and Cost Control for Restaurants (co-teacher), Meetings, Events, and Conventions Industry Management (co-teacher), Catering Events, Introduction to the Hospitality Industry, Hotel Operations and Management (co-teacher) at the NAU; and Hospitality Information Systems, Business Communications, Event Management, Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism, and International Food and Culture courses at USF's Sarasota-Manatee campus. He was also privileged to teach a Business Communications course for the University of International Business and Economics in China in 2021 and two courses (Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism and Introduction to Research) in Kazakhstan in 2018.
Cavusoglu is an active member of academic and professional hospitality associations. He is currently serving as the managing editor for the Journal of Business Insights and the associate editor for the Journal of Global Education and Research and the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Cases. He has been serving as the director of international conferences for the Association of North America Higher Education International, a nonprofit organization with more than 9,000 members from over 110 countries. In this role, he is responsible for organizing and arranging conferences in different cities around the world. He is also serving as the president of the West Federation CHRIE and a member of Meeting Professionals International and Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals.
Cavusoglu earned his doctoral degree at USF in May 2019. His dissertation focus was online and self-directed learning and training of hospitality and tourism college students and industry professionals. He earned a master's degree in hospitality management from USF's Sarasota-Manatee campus. His thesis focus was technology applications in the restaurant industry. Predating these, he earned his bachelor's degree in tourism and hotel management from Bilkent University in Turkey, and a bachelor's degree in public administration from Anadolu University in Turkey.