Deana Marzocchi

Associate Professor & Department Chair

JWU Faculty Since 2009

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About Deana

Deana Marzocchi is an experienced creative professional specializing in an innovative yet traditional graphic design style. She is an associate professor and serves as design chair of the College of Engineering & Design at JWU’s Providence Campus.

Marzocchi's area of expertise is branding and print design. Academically, she takes a special interest in experiential education and has been working extensively with design students in the Design Solutions Team courses that focus on authentic learning experiences, which pair students with community organizations.

Another area of interest is building and expanding the curriculum of the Design department, which includes keeping it relevant and in-line with industry trends. Creating partnerships with the greater community, both in the private and nonprofit sectors, is an important part of Marzocchi’s plan for the Design department.

Outside of her position at JWU, Marzocchi has a diversified portfolio of freelance graphic design clients, but her specialty is restaurant and food service marketing. Her creative passion spans many mediums, including painting. Her greatest joy is being the mother of two superstars and creative maste


  • M.S., Information Systems Science, Salve Regina University
  • B.S., Financial Management, Salve Regina University
  • B.A., Art Education, Rhode Island College

My specialty is the experiential education courses that we offer students. They meet with clients, develop project briefs, and go through all the phases of design — creating logos, print design, web design and video. It is very different from the project-based work they do presenting to their peers.

Scholarly Interests

Designing for Nonprofits
Print Design
Restaurant Marketing


  • GDES3010: Design Solutions Team I This course provides students with hands-on design and development projects from real-world clients. With faculty supervision, students work on a wide range of team-based design projects involving print and screen media. The resulting work supports the day-to-day operations of dozens of nonprofit client organizations. This course is the direct, practical application of skills learned in prior academic courses and prepares students for future career success.