Faculty Profiles

Colleen A. Fitzpatrick

Associate Professor
Communication Studies
Data Science - Grad Studies


PhD, Bowling Green State University
MA, University of Colorado, Boulder
BA, Purdue University

Research Interests 

  • Media effects
  • Children and media
  • Public relations pedagogy
  • Instructional technology

Courses Recently Taught 

  • COMM 210: Mass communication: past, present, and future
  • COMM 303: Advertising in society
  • COMM 304: Public relations
  • COMM 385: Research in communication
  • COMM 404: Non-profit public relations campaigns and theory
  • COMM 406: Marketing communication
  • COMM 490: Social media communication
  • COMM 490: Public relations in Western Europe

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • Shepard, C., K. Vespia, C. Fitzpatrick, T. Kaufman, L. Tabers-Kwak, D. Furlong. "Inspiring Students to Create the Future: An Interconnected Approach." Phi Delta Kappan, 89(3) (2007): 200-203.
  • "An adjective is more than just a word: An analysis of gender descriptors in non-fiction work."  Presented at the annual meeting of the National Women’s Studies Association, Cincinnati, OH, November 2013.
  • "The more you know: A comprehensive examination of the instructional film in the United States."  Paper presented at the 79th Meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Cincinnati, OH, April 2010.

Professional Memberships 

Central States Communication Association
National Communication Association