Debbie Howarth

Interim Assistant Dean,  College of Business

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Debbie Howarth
My areas of expertise include sales, marketing, advertising and information technology. I am experienced in developing relationships between the university, its students, and the business community.”

Debbie Howarth is the interim assistant dean in the College of Business. She taught sales and marketing courses in the College of Hospitality Management for 16 years before joining the College of Business. Before coming to Johnson & Wales, Howarth taught marketing, advertising, and business communications courses for the Division of Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Massachusetts Bay Community College.

Howarth brings to the college more than 15 years of experience in retail, healthcare, and hospitality/tourism industries, including having held management positions in hotel sales & marketing and operations.

In addition, she has served on the board of directors for several hospitality associations, as well as advisory and steering committees in the hospitality and tourism industries.


  • 1998: Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International Certified Hospitality Marketing Executive
  • 2006 (Renewed 2011): American Hotel and Lodging Association Certified Hospitality Educator
  • 2010: Boston University Program Planning, Management, Monitoring & Evaluation (P-PMME) Graduate Certificate
  • 2014 (Renewed 2020): Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International  Certified Hospitality Digital Marketer

Professional Memberships

  • American Marketing Association, 2020-present
  • Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International, 1995-present
    Faculty Membership/Past President of Two Chapters, Board of Directors, Treasurer
  • Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), 2018-present
  • Meeting Professionals International, 2009–present
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), 2010-present


  • “Chinese College Students, Pathway Programs & Social Integration Persistence Study,” 2017 TESOL Doctoral Research Forum, 2017. Author: Debbie Howarth

Sample Courses

  • MRKT 5500: Strategic Marketing (Graduate Program)
  • MRKT 3045: Social Media Marketing
  • MRKT 3005: Brand Marketing
  • MRKT 1001: Principles of Marketing
  • HOSP 6900: Hospitality Capstone (Graduate Program)
  • HOSP 6526: Information Technology for Hospitality & Tourism (Graduate Program)
  • HOSP 6060: Corporate Social Responsibility (Graduate Program)
  • HOSP 5020: Strategic Marketing in Service Dominant Logic (Graduate Program)
  • HOSP 4015: Advanced Hospitality Sales Seminar