Laurie Fitzpatrick joined the Fox School faculty as an adjunct professor in 2010, and has been teaching full time since 2014. A recipient of the Crystal Apple Award, given annually to a Fox School adjunct for teaching excellence, Laurie has instructed Business Communications courses in which students learn fundamental and results-oriented business writing and presentations. Her impact at the Fox School extends beyond the classroom. In 2013, she founded Art of Business/Business of Art, a student group that unites students from Fox School and the Tyler of School of Art who share goals of enhancing business skills and creating opportunities in the visual and performing arts. In 2014, she helped found Temple University Business English Lingua Franca (TUBelf) which helps international and culturally and linguistically diverse students improve their spoken Business English through practice.
A published author and freelance editor, Laurie also is an accomplished artist whose work has appeared in art shows in Philadelphia, New York City, and other East Coast cities for more than two decades. In 2013, her work was shown in the State Museum in Harrisburg, PA, where she won third place in the Sculpture category in the annual Art of the State Show. She is the founder and executive director of Friends of the Garden of the Arts, which works to raise funds and promote the development and maintenance of green space in Center City, Philadelphia.
Laurie earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Art from the University of Tennessee. She received her Master’s of Fine Art from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. In 2018, Laurie received her second Master’s Degree in History from Temple University, and is currently enrolled in their History PhD program. She studies New Sweden in America and its role in Early Modern Transnational history. This her scholarship investigates the history of early Capitalism. She currently edits and contributes to The Swedish Colonial Society Journal.