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About Megan Fitzgerald Dunn

Megan Fitzgerald, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Writing and Communication. She teaches a variety of communication and journalism courses including introduction to print journalism, media law and regulation, and research methods. In addition to teaching communication courses, she is the faculty adviser for the university’s student-run newspaper, The Current, the Society of Professional Journalist’s student chapter, and the communication honor society, Lambda Pi Eta. She is actively involved in the Journalism Education Association and serves as a mentor in the JEA mentor program, which pairs experienced media advisers and educators with new high school journalism teachers. She earned her JEA Certified Journalism Educator designation this year. She also serves on the board of directors of the Florida Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Together with Michelle Manley, director of student media, she hosts a yearly multimedia conference on campus that brings together media professionals and high school, community college, and college students. She has presented at conferences hosted by the National Communication Association, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Associated Collegiate Press.


2019 - Present Communication Program Director, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Communications, Media, and the Arts
2008 - Present Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Communications, Media, and the Arts
2006 - 2011 Instructor, Miami Dade College
2008 - 2010 Online Instructor, Kaplan University
2007 - 2008 Coordinator of Writing Center, Miami Dade College
2006 - 2008 Coordinator of Communication Arts Center, Miami Dade College
2006 - 2008 Instructor, Barry University
2003 - 2007 Instructor, Florida State University
2002 - 2006 Research Assistant, Florida State University ‐ Communication Research Center
2005 Instructor, Tallahassee Community College
1999 - 2001 Content Manager, ‐ Miami, FL
1999 Inern, Utica Observer-Dispatch
1995 - 1998 Reporter, The Summit

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2015 - Present Mentor, Journalism Education Association
2015 - Present Student Media Liaison, Nova Southeastern University
2015 - Present Communication Assessment Lead, Nova Southeastern University
2015 - Present Trainer, Retired and Wired, Training program for retired journalists to learn data mapping
2014 - Present Board of Directors, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Chapter
2012 - Present Faculty Advisor, Lambda Pi Eta, Nova Southeastern University
2012 - Present Assist commencement speaker, Nova Southeastern University
2010 - Present Faculty Advisor, Student Newspaper, Nova Southeastern University
2008 - Present Communication Curriculum Committee, Nova Southeastern University
2008 - Present Reviewer, PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication. University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Present Faculty Advisor, Communication Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta
Present Board of Directors Member, Florida Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
Present Mentor, JEA mentor program
Present Member, Journalism Education Association
Present Faculty Advisor, NSU's student run newspaper, The Current
Present Faculty Advisor, Society of Professional Journalist’s student chapter
2017 - 2019 Developer, Department of Writing and Communication Fellowship, University School, Nova Southeastern University
2017 Peer Reviewer, National Communication Association Conference, Lambda Pi Eta Division
2012 - 2015 Major Chair, Nova Southeastern University
2015 Reviewer, Essential Elements of Human Communication, De Vito, J., Pearson
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Honors and Awards

  • (2008) Second Place in Open Division of Radio & Audio Media paper competition. Fitzgerald,M., Sapolsky, B., and McClung, S.
  • (2005) Second Place in Health Communication Student Division. Jung, T., Fitzgerald, M., Wang, X.


2007 Ph.D., Mass Communication, Florida State University
1999 M.A., Journalism, Syracuse University
1998 B.A., Communication, Stonehill College

Contact Information

(954) 262-7616


Articles (5)

Books and Book Contributions (4)

Presentations (34)