Dr. Caroline (Carrie) Fitzpatrick holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Linguistics, a Master of Arts in Communication Studies, a Master of Science in Educational Technology, and Bachelor of Science in Secondary English & Speech Education.
Fitzpatrick is a full-time faculty member of the Communications & English department at Alvernia University where she facilitates curricular initiatives that include new and revised courses, service-learning projects, and new media integration. Fitzpatrick has taught at every level of higher education and she have been recognized with a number of awards including an Innovation Grant for Curriculum Development (2012), 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.
As a scholar, Fitzpatrick presents and publishes both nationally and internationally, 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 on the Executive Board of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, and she chaired a special interest group on Mass Media and Society for the Pennsylvania Communication Association in 2013. She consults on qualitative research and carries out interviews, focus groups, narrative/oral histories, and digital photography. She is also trained in technical and grant-writing and has assisted in securing more than $550,000 in grants and federal appropriations within the last five years.
Fitzpatrick regularly coordinates educational overseas travel to Europe and the Caribbean that includes cultural readings, historical sites, and community-based research. Since 2011, she has been facilitating the completion of action research and service learning with students on a Strategic Plan for Community Development, Fundraising, and Volunteerism in the Santo Domingo, DR, that includes grant-writing, feasibility studies, website and public service announcements. In 2010, she served as the Convention Chair of the International English Honor Society's Conference, Storytellers, held in St. Louis, Missouri.
She is active in adult and graduate education as a member of the research faculty; performs as a chair or committee member on several capstone, thesis, and dissertation committees; and serves on the University’s Institutional Review Board. In addition to her teaching and scholarship, Fitzpatrick has served Alvernia University in administrative positions as the Founding Coordinator of the Schuylkill Center, 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 DE offerings increased by more than 150%. Currently, she is exploring projects that tap into her values connecting creative expression, community sustainability, and worldwide literacy efforts.