School of Communication
BS Journalism West Virginia University; MA Journalism West Virginia University; JD Southern Methodist University
Kathy R. Fitzpatrick is professor and former senior associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Communication.
Prior to coming to American University, Fitzpatrick was professor and associate dean for graduate programs and research in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University. She also served on the faculties and directed graduate and undergraduate programs in public relations at Southern Methodist University, the University of Florida, DePaul University and Quinnipiac University.
Fitzpatrick is an internationally-recognized scholar in public relations and public diplomacy. She currently serves as a faculty fellow in the Center on Public Diplomacy in the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California, where she formerly served as a research fellow. Her books and monographs include U.S. Public Diplomacy in a Post-9/11 World: From Messaging to Mutuality, The Future of U.S. Public Diplomacy: An Uncertain Fate, U.S. Public Diplomacy’s Neglected Domestic Mandate, Ethics in Public Relations: Responsible Advocacy and Public Relations Ethics. Her research has been published in leading scholarly journals in communications and diplomacy, including The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, the International Journal of Strategic Communications, the Journal of Public Relations Research, the Journal of Advertising, the Journal of Mass Media Ethics, the Journal of Communication Management, Public Relations Review and Public Relations Journal. Fitzpatrick serves as co-editor of the Palgrave Macmillan Book Series on Global Public Diplomacy and serves on the international advisory boards of The Hague Journal of Diplomacy and Public Diplomacy Magazine. She also serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Public Relations Research and the Journal of Mass Media Ethics.
Fitzpatrick is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, whose members are corporate, agency and academic leaders in the field of public relations. She formerly served as head of the Educators Academy of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is a former president of the Dallas Chapter of PRSA. She also served on the PRSA Board of Ethics and Professional Standards (BEPS) and was a member of the task force that developed the current PRSA Code of Ethics, which is the industry standard. Fitzpatrick is licensed to practice law in Texas and accredited in public relations by the Public Relations Society of America.