Debbie Howarth

Interim Assistant Dean

JWU Faculty Since 2004

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About Debbie

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.


  • Ed.D., Curriculum and Teaching: Educational Media & Technology, Boston University
  • M.H.A., Hospitality Administration, University of Nevada
  • B.S., Small Business Management, University of Vermont

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.


  • MRKT 5500: Strategic Marketing (Graduate Program)
  • MRKT 3045: Social Media Marketing
  • MRKT 3005: Brand Marketing
  • MRKT 1001: Principles of Marketing

Professional Affiliations

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

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



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