Michael L. Kasavana, the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) endowed professor in Hospitality Business in the School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University, has recently served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s (USFSM) College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership.
He was the first in the newly launched Distinguished Visiting Professor Series at USFSM’s M3 Center of Hospitality Technology and Innovation which will bring internationally recognized scholars to the campus in 2014 to “showcase industry leaders who will deliver class lectures, provide one-on-one counsel on graduate research projects, assist in strategic planning for the College, provide insight on faculty development and work closely with faculty and students.”
Dr. Kasavana, who will retire from the School of Hospitality Business in December 2014, has been on the faculty of Michigan State University for 39 years, serving as director of what was then called the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management for four years in the 1980s. His teaching and research efforts focus on operational technologies and payment systems for various aspects of the hospitality industry, including hotels, restaurants, private clubs, and casinos. His research explores internet, intranet and extranet opportunities, including virtual cash transactions, application service providers, e-procurement processes and effective web design. Dr. Kasavana has written several textbooks, and has authored or co-authored more than 200 academic and trade journal articles related to information technology in the hospitality industry. He has received the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award and holds a BS in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration; an MBA in Finance; and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Announcing Dr. Kasavana’s Visiting Professorship, USFSM reported the following:
“In my short time here (at USF Sarasota-Manatee), I have already developed a deeper appreciation for the leadership, faculty and programs offered by the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership at USFSM, and hope to be an asset to the program going forward,” said Kasavana. He comes from a (School) within the Eli Broad College of Business at MSU that is completing eight decades of excellence and is considered by many to be the benchmark in hospitality business education.