Professor & Dean
School of Hotel & Restaurant Management
Office Phone 941-359-4244
Cell Phone: 302-897 1909
Mail Point: SMC B221
Professional Website: http://www.cihan.org
Courses for Fall 2011
HFT 6507 Hospitality Information Systems & Technology
Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu is a Professor & Dean of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. He is a Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) commissioned by Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP) and Educational Institute of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). He is the Editor of Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology (JHTT) and a co-author of four textbooks and two conference proceedings. Dr. Cobanoglu is the chair of the American Hotel and Lodging Association's (AHLA) Technology and E-Business Committee and also a member of CHTP Advisory Council and Editorial Advisory Board of HFTP. He serves on the Advisory Board for President Obama's National Strategy for Secure Online Transactions Act. In addition, Dr. Cobanoglu is a visionary board member of Hospitality Technology magazine and editorial board member of International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration and Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education. Dr. Cobanoglu also serves the industry as consultant.
His research involves the use and impact of technology in hospitality industry. Dr. Cobanoglu writes a column called "Last Words" in Hospitality Technology Magazine. He is the founder and manager of the eXperimental Guestroom (X-Room) at the University of Delaware's Courtyard by Marriott. X-Room is a testing room for new technologies and systems. Some of the technologies include Zigbee-based energy management system, Wii and Wii Fit, Guest Control Console, and Clocky, walking alarm clock. His work has been featured in national and international media outlets such as BBC, NBC, ABC, CN8, Futurist Magazine, New York Times, Boston Globe and Lodging Magazine. He published in scholarly journals such as Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, Tourism Management, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, International Journal of Hospitality Management, and International Journal of Market Research. His articles have been cited in more than 300 refereed articles and has made numerous presentations in national and international conferences.
Prior to joining the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Dr. Cobanoglu served as an Associate Professor of hospitality information technology at the University of Delaware. Dr. Cobanoglu is the recipient of University of Delaware's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009 and the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education's (I-CHRIE) John Wiley & Sons, Innovation in Teaching Award in 2009. He also received 11 best paper awards from International conferences.