Oscar Chilabato

Associate Professor,  College of Business

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Professor Oscar Chilabato
Early on, someone questioned what a ‘culinary school’ would know about advertising. And there we were, suddenly beating out the big contenders — Emerson, BU — and they were like, ‘What’s happening?’ ”


Patrick “Oscar” Chilabato is a native Rhode Islander who grew up in Newport, Rhode Island, and attended Providence College, where he received both his undergraduate (B.S.) and graduate (MBA) degrees.   

Chilabato's professional career includes marketing and advertising positions working in media, manufacturing and retail, and advertising and public relations agencies. His job titles have included advertising sales representative, advertising manager, corporate director of advertising and public relations, account executive, and vice president of marketing.

His career began as an account executive at Public Relations of Newport where he worked with a number of clients while also writing for their publication, Newport This Week.

Two years later, Chilabato joined the Newport Daily News as an advertising sales representative where he handled national and regional retail chains. Five years later, he joined Anderson Little Company (owned by Woolworth) as their advertising manager.

Chilabato eventually became corporate director of advertising and public relations for Anderson Little, as well as two other retail chains.

Following that position, he joined Apex as director of marketing and advertising, overseeing an in-house agency of 17 people. He made the career decision to join academia in 1998, when he joined the faculty at Johnson & Wales as an adjunct. He was hired to full-time status in 1999.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Administration
  • Marketing
  • Advertising and Public Relations


  • Google Adwords, Google Search Certified
  • HubSpot, Content Marketing Certification
  • National Restaurant Association, Food Safety Manager


  • Johnson & Wales University College of Business, 1st Year Teacher Award
  • Johnson & Wales University, Outstanding Service Award
  • Johnson & Wales University, Cecilia M. Ranallo Teacher of the Year Award