Dr. Luis Camillo M. O. de Almeida


Luis Camillo Machado Osorio de Almeida, Ph. D., is a multi-hyphenate, polyglot, cultural architect, change-maker, member of the Latino diaspora, artist, enabler, certified educator, published scholar, keynote speaker, gallery-style photopreneur, award-winning music and audio producer, grant writer and Interim Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Mass Communications

Luis has published articles relating to minority affairs in the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, Educational Horizons, the International Journal of Education Reform, and the Praegler Handbook of Latino Education In the United States. He has presented keynotes about Latino and African-American education at the American Education Research Association, Association for Education Communications and Technology, The Original, Lilly Conference on College Teaching, and the National Holmes Scholars Conference.   

Luis’s academic work in technology has been published in the British Journal of Education Technology (BJET), Tech Trends, Midwestern Journal of Education Communications and Technology, The International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, Education Research International, Journal of Digital Games Research (DiGRA), Journal of Communications Media, and The American Journal of Distance Education. He has also been sharing his scholarly pursuits in popular media blogs including Lifehack and Hongkiat.    

Luis’s work in technology leadership has been featured in a number of local, national and international media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Pittsburgh Tribune Review, O Globo Newspaper (Brazil), Radio CBN (Brazil), Instituto Coaliza (Brazil), Triffato Magazine (Brazil), Voice of America (Portugal and Nigeria), WAPT-Mississippi, CBS Channel 12, ABC Channel 16, Investmentos e Noticias Newspaper, The Indiana Gazette, Cleveland Daily Banner, WIUP-TV, The Chattanoogan, Mississippi Link, Williamsport Post Gazette (PA), WTNB, The Vindicator (OH), and WJSU-TV. 

Luis has delivered leadership keynotes in a number of organizations including: Advertising Federation of Pittsburgh and Chattanooga, C-CUE Conference, Cleveland Media Association, Unites Way Occoee Street, The Center for Arts Migration and Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida, The E-Center of Mississippi, Lee University, the Digital Media Summit at Twitter headquarters (at a distance), TEDxPhonenixville, and a number of at-risk K-12 school districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Author of five books that have been published by Pearson and independently (i.e., Break Free Publishing) that have been reviewed and appreciated in regard to the following subjects: (1) Landscape photography from an immigrant’s perspective, (2) How to write qualitative researching dissertations, (3) Scriptwriting, (4) Education technology for teacher training, (5) Technomoderation. He is also a Lifetime Member of the Holmes Scholar program, a minority-based organization that funds minority students to become leaders in American Higher Education.

Luis has established a trajectory of great success in helping students of color, faculty, and administrators with their entrepreneurial endeavors and applying marketing strategies for acquiring viable resources that will enable them to exude meaningful impact in a society that needs to be disrupted. He has written and advocated publicly about his passion and skillsets in the arts as provoking mediums for social justice with the context of cultural inclusivity, diversity, access, and leadership.

Luis holds a Ph.D. from Penn State University. In May 2017, he received an honorary doctorate (D.MIn) for his global outreach work— intercultural communication and assistance to people of color worldwide. He lives in Lexington, South Carolina with his wife Amanda and daughter Sophia.   


B.S., Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, 2002 
M.S., Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 2004
Ph. D., Penn State University, 2008 

Research Interests

Dr. Almeida is interested in investigating the effects of emergent technologies in learning as well as the strategic use of media for account growth in social platforms. In addition, he also investigates the positive and negative effects of computer mediated communication and its potential impacts in society.  

Tech Trends, The Journal of Communications Media, The American Journal of Distance Education, and the Journal of Digital Games Research (DiGRA) are some of the journals that has published his communication education articles.  

Activities and Honors

PRNEWS Outstanding HBCU Educator of the Year  

PRNEWS Outstanding Educator of the Year Nominee 

President of the Cleveland Media Association

Association for Interactive Visual Arts (AIVA) Member and Juror  

Claflin University Faculty Member of the Year 

The Communicator Award — Platinum, Digital Excellence 

Innovation In Journalism & New Media Award  

Outstanding Researcher COE-ET IUP Award 

TEDxPhoenixville Speaker 

Hermes Creative Awards ® — 3 Gold 

Viddy Awards — Platinum Award 

The Telly Awards Bronze

Recent Publications

Almeida, L. (2023). Advice to parents on limiting and monitoring child internet access. Report accepted as a resource by the Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) National Leadership Honor Society. https://ek63gckf9hv.exactdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/almeidareport.pdf 

Almeida, L. (2022). An investigation of social media strategies and authenticity as they relate to engagement rate increase. Arts and Social Science Journal, 12 (7). https://tinyurl.com/y3tnady3 

Almeida, L. (2018). A culture of innovation. Journal of Instructional technology and Distance Learning (5), 61-65.

Almeida, L. (2018). Pandoras Box of Automation. Evangel Magazine, (1), 16-19.

Almeida, L. (2016). Designing a media literacy course: An auto-ethnography. International Journal of Instructional technology and Distance Learning, (9), 59-64.

Almeida, L. (2014). The impact of computerized devices on undergraduate students behavior. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, (1), 31-47. 

Almeida, L. (2015). How I flip my classrooms. Blythe, H. (Eds), It worked for me creatively (pp.17-18). Stillwater, OK.

Almeida, L. (2012). The effects of educational games on the achievement of factual knowledge. Educational Research International, (10),1-5.

Almeida, L. (2012). Implementing corporate gaming initiatives through the lenses of systemic thinking. Journal of Communications Media, (1), 47-61. 

Almeida, L. (2011). The effects of games between gender for the acquisition of factual knowledge. Midwestern Journal of Education Communications and Technology, 5(1) 2-6.

Almeida, L. (2011). It worked for me creatively: SCAMPER. Blythe, H. (Eds), Flipping your classrooms creatively (pp.44-45). Stillwater, OK.

Almeida, L. (2010). Empowering gifted students to learn through game design. Journal of Digital Games Research, 4(2), 33-38. 

Almeida, L. (2008). The effects of different learning strategies to facilitate achievement of different educational objectives. Tech Trends (52), 3, 32-36.

Recent Presentations

Center For The Arts, Migration And Entrepreneurship (UF)
Advertising Federation (ADFED) Chattanooga & Pittsburgh 
One JSU Awards Ceremony Award Speaker, Mississippi
TEDxPhoenixville Speaker 
Keynote Speaker, C-CUE Conference 

Dr. Luis Camillo M. O. de Almeida
Interim Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Mass Communications
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Grace Thomas Kennedy Room 202
(803) 535-5520