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Fitzpatrick receives lifetime achievement award

Posted November 20, 2018
By Abe Danaher, communications assistant


Dr. Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, the Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, has received the 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award by the National Communication Association. The award is NCA’s highest honor and recognizes her lifetime study of human communication.

“It is a great honor to be recognized as a NCA Distinguished Scholar,” Fitzpatrick said. “Throughout my career I have had the good fortune to work with an extraordinary group of talented students and colleagues.”

Fitzpatrick’s research interests span broadly across the field of communication. They include communication theory, health communication, persuasion, nonverbal communication and interaction in social and personal relationships. She has published over 100 articles and book chapters, and in 2017 published her most recent book, “From the Desk of the Dean: The History and Future of Arts and Sciences Education.”

NCA is the largest communication association in the United States and it supports the research and teaching goals of scholars, teachers and practitioners who are members of the association. The award was presented to Fitzpatrick at NCA’s 104th annual convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Nov. 10.

“This esteemed honor recognizes Dr. Fitzpatrick’s significant contributions to scholarship throughout her academic career,” said Dr. Tom Reichert, dean of the College of Information and Communications. “It speaks to the high quality of our faculty. We’re all very pleased with this distinction.”