Michael Sabitoni

Associate Professor & Dept. Chair, Food & Beverage + Travel & Tourism Studies

JWU Faculty Since 1992

Department Chair Michael Sabitoni

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Michael Sabitoni's insight and vigorous attentiveness to industry innovation make him a popular resource within the trade circuit, both locally and nationally. A frequent speaker at national and international conferences, as well as a consultant for major hospitality industry organizations, currently, Sabitoni is the department chairperson for both the International Travel/Tourism Studies and the Food & Beverage Management departments at Johnson & Wales University’s Providence campus. Prior to entering the field of education, Sabitoni worked in both of these fields, primarily in managerial capacities, for nearly 30 years. At last count, he had visited every country except Antarctica. Michael resides in Cranston, RI with his wife, Dr. Karen Silva-Sabitoni and their rescue puppy, Casside.


  • M.S., Hospitality Administration, Johnson & Wales University
  • B.S., Hospitality Management, Johnson & Wales University
  • A.S., Travel and Tourism Management, Johnson & Wales University
  • A.A., Culinary Arts, Johnson & Wales University
  • Certified Hospitality Educator

I represent the best of two worlds in the Hospitality Industry- Who doesn’t like to Travel and Drink & Eat!

Teaching Interests

Beverage Appreciation
Guest Relations
International Travel & Tourism
Strategic Planning
Restaurant Operations
Adventure Tourism


  • Beverage Appreciation

Extra Curricular Roles

Faculty Advisor - JWU Wrestling Team


Professional Affiliations

Michael is a member of the Educational Foundation Board of Directors for the Rhode Island Hospitality Association, the state’s agency advocate for all food & beverage outlets, tourism agencies, lodging establishments and related facilities. He has Emeritus status with The International Society of Travel & Tourism Educators (ISTTE), where he served as President, Vice President, and Chairman of the Board of Directors until 2014.
CERTIFICATION: Certified Hospitality Educator


Honors And Awards

  • The International Society of Tourism Educators (ISTTE), Martin Oppermann Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • National Tour Association - Visiting Scholar Award

Q&A with Michael

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 Advice Do You Have For Incoming Freshmen?

Don’t be afraid to challenge your professors.

What College Do You Teach In?

The College of Hospitality Management

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