Maureen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

Maureen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

Maureen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. joined the Educational Leadership Program in 2003. Professionally, Dr. Fitzpatrick served for 31 years in the Connecticut public school systems as a special education teacher, a special education administrator, elementary school principal and interim superintendent. She was also an adjunct professor and doctoral advisor in the EdD program in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University for several years, specializing in Educational Leadership Appraisal and Leadership and Change.

Since joining the Educational Leadership Program at Sacred Heart University in 2003 Dr. Fitzpatrick has been actively involved in the development of specific course content and common assessments in this program. In addition she played a major role in the successful completion of the program’s application for state accreditation and continues those efforts during the national accreditation process. At Sacred Heart University Dr. Fitzpatrick specializes in assessment and evaluation of learning, educational research and the administrative internship; for the past three years she has been serving on the IRB Committee at SHU.

Dr. Fitzpatrick is a trained scorer for the Connecticut Administrator test (CAT) and has participated in several scoring sessions of the CAT. In addition she serves as a member of the CAT Content Validation Committee and recently participated as a member of a national committee with ETS regarding the national administrator test. She has provided professional development sessions on common formative assessments, leadership and change, and leadership appraisal for local school districts as well serving as a consultant to the CSDE in the area of assessment and evaluation of learning.

Dr. Fitzpatrick is currently teaching full time at the Griswold campus in both the Educational Leadership Program and the Masters in Education program. She lives in Old Saybrook, CT with her husband, Dr. Gerald Neipp, who is also an assistant professor in the Isabelle Farrington School of Education on the Griswold campus.

Degrees and Certifications

    • BS degree in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University
    • Masters degree in School Psychology from Fairfield University
    • 6th year and PhD degrees from the University of Connecticut in Educational Administration

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