A results driven, self-motivated thought leader and speaker with 28+ years’ experience in a multitude of disciplines, including but not limited to, decision making, problem solving, and implementation of new programs, as well as, authoring policies and procedures relating to information systems to ensure a quality culture.  An experienced business professional, seasoned in strategic planning and fiscal responsibility.  Exceptional experience in online education and education technology.  Focused on curriculum design, assessment, and student engagement.

Joseph Cilli is the Director of Distance Learning at Florida International University, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Mr. Cilli also serves in the role of Instructor of Hospitality and Travel Information Technology.

With over 24 years of direct experience in the computer technology industry, Joseph Cilli currently serves as the Director of Distance Learning for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University. He has served as a professional speaker and educator. Through his experience and educational pursuits, he has become a recognized expert in online learning and instructional technology.

Mr. Cilli holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.A.) degree in marketing with a minor focus on computer science; a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in computer science from the University of Miami; and has pursued a Doctorate (Ph.D.) degree in computer science in the field of data mining.

His speaking engagements have included presentations on current trends in online learning, curriculum development for online programs, hospitality technology innovations, privacy and security, and customer expectations. Although his primary role is related to online learning, he continues to teach various subjects related to computer technology.

Originally from Hoboken, New Jersey, he lives in Pembroke Pines, Florida, with his wife and five children. He is deeply involved in youth sports and community engagement, enjoys traveling, and cooking.

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Track Record

Proven track record of leadership, team building, technical knowledge and service.


Curriculum design, assessment modeling, professional development.

Digital Media

Animation, digital photography, desktop publishing, print media, and infographics.

Video Production

Assemble recorded raw material into a finished product that’s suitable for broadcasting.

Financial Management

Efficient and effective management of budgets in such a manner as to accomplish the objectives of the organization.


Extensive Blackboard experience, working knowledge of D2L, Canvas, Moodle, WebCt and WPLMS.


Experience with Tableau, Qualtrics, SQL report writing.


Foster relationships with Academic Partners and Whitney International to translate online degree programs to foreign languages (South America, China).


Systems integration, administration and application implementation.

Web Design

Graphic design; interface design; authoring, including standardized code; user experience design; and SEO

Data Management

Data security and database management.

Instructional Design

Development of instructional specifications using learning and instructional theory.

Education Technology

Versatile in Polycom, BlueJeans, Adobe Connect, Camtasia, Crestron, Adobe Presenter, VideoScribe, GoAnimate, Powtoon, online article curation, Adobe Creative Cloud, Portfolium and Simplicity.

Public Speaking

Conference presenter, faculty development series, faculty panel, training seminars.


Working with Joe Cilli has been one of the highlights of my career. Together, we teamed up to produce educational videos and online coursework. During our collaboration, I learned a tremendous amount about how learning can be augmented by video and animation. In addition to being knowledgeable about LMS development and educational content production, Joe excels in his ability to stay up to speed with today’s rapidly advancing educational technologies.

Cynthia Seymour – District Director, City of Miami

Joe is a true education evangelist. I have worked with him for over seven years and he has always demonstrated a level of professionalism, insightful and innovative spirit that is contagious. He has been a great partner in moving distance education forward at FIU. Joe Cilli is a great asset to any organization he works with.

Joseph Riquelme – Vice Provost, American University

Joe Cilli has served as the Director of Technology within the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management since 2003 and as the Director of Distance Learning since 2011. In this latter capacity he has accomplished three major milestones. First, he has designed and implemented a learning objects laboratory that is an integral part of our online learning platform; second, he has successfully launched the School’s Executive Master’s online degree program; and third, Joe devised the Chaplin School’s faculty development program which prepares faculty to pedagogical elements surrounding online environments. He is highly regarded by FIU for his efforts and his approaches to online learning…of which many are being adopted by other academic units within FIU.

Randall Upchurch – Director, School of Resort & Hospitality Management, Florida Gulf Coast University

Joe has a wide range of experience including operations, management, administrative functions, marketing, verbal and written communication skills, financial acumen, and is one of the most multi-tasked individuals I know. He is always looking for ways to further his education, finds the time to work more than 40 hours a week, travel on business-related activities, raise a family and volunteer his time to his children’s school, and local sports programs. Joe is an intelligent, self-motivated individual, who is responsible, dependable, and trustworthy. He is the perfect candidate for the position. He has a high standard of values, and is willing to learn and grow. He is a loyal employee, friend, and truly exemplary individual.

Jack McLaughlin – Deputy Executive Director, American Welding Society

Joe is a dedicated and knowledgeable individual with a knack for problem-solving. He is innovative, creative and well-versed in the latest technology. He also has outstanding personal characteristics and is very family-oriented.

Frank DeLaurier – Executive Director, The Melissa Institute

I have known Mr. Cilli for well over a decade now and throughout of my service years provided to FIU, he has been nothing short of outstanding and pleasant to work with. Our projects included video and audio conferencing installations, distance learning, streaming, capturing, digital signage distribution and setup of interactive audio visual classrooms. Mr. Cilli was instrumental to the support of each and every project by providing all of the necessary LAN infrastructure and guidance of how the spaces will be used and utilized. He has a vault of knowledge when it comes to best practices of video and audio conferencing and distance learning and his expertise was always highly regarded and respected among his colleagues as well as professional integrator staff of AVI-SPL. Joe Cilli is an extremely capable hard working professional with the highest work ethic, which are hard to come by nowadays and because of these facts, I highly recommend him to any organization looking for the top notch expert that he is.

Zoran Visnjic – Senior AV Sales Engineer, AVI-SPL