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Luis 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 Department Chair in Mass Media Studies at Talladega College, Alabama’s oldest private HBCU.

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. in Instructional Systems 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 Oxford Alabama with his wife Amanda and daughter Sophia.