Dr. Caroline (Carrie) Fitzpatrick’s passport is well worn and her field journal is full of stories. Whether it is traveling to foreign locales or editing the pages of a professional work, she advocates positive creative expression and transformative education. She maintains a weekly blog to support liberal arts and free speech, and she engages in philanthropic work with literacy outreach.
As a scholar, Fitzpatrick presents/publishes both nationally and internationally and serves on editorial boards. Traveling throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, her specialties include media advocacy, rhetoric and composition, communication law, qualitative research, and cultural studies. Currently, she serves as the Vice President/President Elect of the International English Honor Society, the second largest honor society with over 870 chapters located in the United States and abroad, and approximately 9,000 members inducted annually. In 2010, she served as the Convention Chair of the honor society's conference, Storytellers
, held in St. Louis, Missouri, that hosted more than a thousand convention participants.
As a communications consultant, Fitzpatrick engages in qualitative research and data collection, and carries out interviews, focus groups, narrative/oral histories, digital photography, and documentary shorts. She is also trained in technical and grant writing and has assisted nonprofits and individuals in securing more than $600,000 in grants and federal appropriations within the last ten years. For twenty years, she has coordinated overseas travel to Europe and the Caribbean to include cultural readings, historical sites, and community-based research. Since 2011, she facilitates action research and service learning with students in the Santo Domingo, DR, that includes proposal writing, feasibility studies, fundraising, English as a second language (ESL) tutoring, website and public service announcements.
Fitzpatrick holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Linguistics, a M.A. in Communication Studies, a M.S. in Educational Technology, and B.S. in Secondary English & Speech Education. She is an associate professor of the Communications Media & English department at Alvernia University where she facilitates curriculum design that include new courses, service-learning projects, and new media integration. She teaches undergraduate and graduate students, and she has been recognized with a number of awards including Innovation Grants for Curriculum Design (2015, 2012), Faculty Excellence Grant (2014), an English Honor Society Sponsor Award for 15yrs of Faculty Service (2014), the Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence (2008), Sr. Mary Donatilla Legacy Award for Outstanding Faculty Service (2007), an IUP Doctoral Fellowship for Academic Excellence (2003), an Innovative Teaching Grant for Technology Integration (2001), and the St. Bernardine Award for Excellence in Teaching (2000). She has been inducted into the following honor societies: Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society of Humanities & Social Sciences, Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, and Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society for Adult Students.
Fitzpatrick is active in adult and graduate education as a member of the research faculty; mentors student research; judges academic competitions, and holds a position on the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). In addition to her teaching and scholarship, she has served Alvernia University in administrative positions as the Founding Coordinator of the Schuylkill Center Off-Site, Director of Instructional Standards; Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies for Community Leadership; and as the first Director of Distance Education (DE), during which online offerings increased threefold within two years. Currently, she is exploring projects that tap into her values connecting creative expression, community sustainability, and worldwide literacy efforts.Professional Blog: http://thetragicoptimist.tumblr.com/ LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/caroline-fitzpatrick/26/763/21aMedia Expertise: http://www.alvernia.edu/news/faculty_experts/experts/fitzpatrick.html