Joseph Defazio, Ph.D.

Joe Defazio
  • Associate Professor, Media Arts and Science
  • Co-Director, Media Arts and Science graduate program


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  • Ph.D. Indiana University (2008)
  • M.S. Applied Computer Technology, Indiana State University (1993)
  • B.A. Music Performance, Indiana State University (1994)


Joseph Defazio has been involved in project development and management within the School of Informatics and Computing, Media Informatics. His focus is multi-faceted in that it encompasses graphics, animation, sound, video, 3D environments, authoring, programming toward interactive simulation and game applications. His project development efforts have been primarily Media Informatics students; both graduate and undergraduate. Together they have worked on informative, instructional, entertaining, and simulation productions.

Defazio joined the faculty as a joint appointment between the School of Engineering and the School of Informatics and Computing in 2002. He is actively engaged in teaching, mentoring, and supervising many projects in the area of Media Informatics. His research is in the area of design and development in the fields of media and music technology.

He has won several awards for his excellence in teaching. He has produced several multimedia projects that are currently on display and in operation in the city of Indianapolis. The Eiteljorg’s Mihtohseenionki “The People’s Place” project won the gold prize in the 2003 MUSE Awards. His promotional CD for Girls Incorporated of Indianapolis won first place in the National Conference in 2003. He is an accomplished composer and musician. His compositions have appeared in media projects with the Renal Network in Indianapolis and with IUPUI’s Office of Professional Development.

Joseph Defazio holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University Bloomington, an M.S. Degree in Applied Computer Technology and a B.A. in Music Performance from Indiana State University.

Research Interests

Instructional Design, Music and Audio Technology, Multimedia Design and Production, Interactive Media Design, Learning and Cognition, Knowledge Information and Intellectual Capital

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