Kathy R. Fitzpatrick is a professor and director of the Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications at the University of South Florida (USF) and a CPD Faculty Fellow. Prior to joining USF, she was a professor and former senior associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. Fitzpatrick formerly served as associate dean of graduate programs and research in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University and also served on the faculties of Quinnipiac University, DePaul University, the University of Florida and Southern Methodist University. In 2009-2011, she was a research fellow and is currently a faculty fellow in the Center on Public Diplomacy in the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California.
Fitzpatrick is an internationally recognized scholar in public relations and public diplomacy. Her research has been published in top scholarly journals, including The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, the International Journal of Strategic Communications, the Journal of Public Relations Research, the Journal of Advertising, the Journal of Media Ethics, the Journal of Communication Management and Public Relations Review. Books and monographs include The Future of U.S. Public Diplomacy: An Uncertain Fate, U.S. Public Diplomacy’s Neglected Domestic Mandate, U.S. Public Diplomacy in a Post-9/11 World: From Messaging to Mutuality, Ethics in Public Relations: Responsible Advocacy, Public Relations Ethics and Journalism Ethics.
Fitzpatrick is the co-founding editor of the Palgrave Macmillan Book Series on Global Public Diplomacy and serves on the international advisory board of Public Diplomacy Magazine. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Public Relations Research and the Journal of Mass Media Ethics and formerly served on the advisory board of The Hague Journal of Diplomacy and the editorial board of Public Relations Review. She is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, which represents corporate, agency and academic leaders in 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.
Professor Fitzpatrick received B.S. and M.S. degrees in journalism from West Virginia University and a J.D. degree from Southern Methodist University. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and accredited in public relations by the Public Relations Society of America.
May 2019 - Public Diplomacy in the 2020s.
October 2011 - U.S. Public Diplomacy in a Post-9/11 World: From Messaging to Mutuality CPD Perspectives on Public Diplomacy, Paper 6.
October 2010 - U.S. Public Diplomacy's Neglected Domestic Mandate CPD Perspectives on Public Diplomacy, Paper 3.
In The News:
Expanding the CPD Faculty Fellows Program, May 2017.
What's "In the Works" for Kathy Fitzpatrick? June 2, 2016.
The Center on Public Diplomacy Announces 2009-2011 CPD Research Fellows, October 1, 2009.