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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

Title: Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Department: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-777-4614
Office: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
800 Sumter Street, Room 326
Columbia, SC 29208
Resources: Google Scholar
Mary Anne Fitzpatrick


B.A., Political Science, Temple University
Ph.D., Communication, Temple University


Dr. Mary Anne Fitzpatrick has published over 100 articles, books and book chapters on various topics in communication.

Fitzpatrick is a fellow and distinguished scholar of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the International Communication Association; the National Communication Association; and the International Association for Relationship Research. She is a recipient of a number of additional awards for her research including the International Communication Association Chaffee Award for Sustained Contributions to Communication Research and the National Communication Association Brommel Award for Research in Family Communication.


Fitzpatrick developed a new undergraduate course in Media and Youth (Jour 308) which takes a developmental approach to media effects.  She also teaches Science, Health and Environmental Communication (Journ 562) to graduate and undergraduate students as well as a doctoral course in Teaching Mass Communication.

Recent Publications

Fitzpatrick, M.A., & Kyweluk, M.A. (2020).  The effects of media and technology on provider-patient interaction and health outcomes. In H. D. O’Hair and M.J. O’Hair (Eds.) Handbook of Applied Communication Research (pp.879-897)  Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.

Fitzpatrick, M. A., & Say, E. A. (2017). From the desk of the dean: The history and future of arts and sciences education. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press.

Koerner, A. F., & Fitzpatrick, M. A. (2017). Family communication patterns theory: a social-cognitive approach. In D. O. Braithwaite & L. A. Baxter (2 Eds.) Engaging theories in family communication: Multiple perspectives (pp. 142-153). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Cox, E.D., Smith, M. A., Brown, R. L., & Fitzpatrick, M.A. (2009). Learning to participate: effect of child age and parental education on participation in pediatric visits. Health Communication, 24(3): 249-258.

Cox, E. D., Smith, M. A., Brown, R. L., & Fitzpatrick, M. A. (2008). Assessment of the physician-caregiver relationship scales (PCRS). Patient Education and Counseling, 70(1): 69-78.


Fitzpatrick has served the University of South Carolina in a variety of administrative roles: Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Vice Provost for Special Academic Initiatives, Vice President of UofSC System; the Chancellor (interim) of UofSC Upstate following a career as a faculty member and an administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been the President of the International Communication Association as well as the President of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences. Currently, she chairs the Development Committee of the Girl Scouts of South Carolina from Mountains to Midlands.

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