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Dr. Jim Fatzinger

Dr. Jim Fatzinger
  • Assistant Professor of Management


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Dr. Fatzinger earned an Ed.D from Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education and Human Development and a DBA from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. He also earned an MBA and BBA from the University of Miami and completed post-graduate work in History, Politics, and Society at the University of Oxford, England. In 2009, he completed the Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership in Education. Dr. Fatzinger is the President of the Kentucky Chapter of the Fulbright Association, Chairperson of the AACSB Metropolitan Business School Affinity Group, and Co-Chairperson of the American Council on Education Outreach and Engagement Committee where he is also, a member of the Council of Fellows Board.  

Having taught Business courses for over a decade, Dr. Fatzinger received the EKU Faculty in Innovation in Teaching Award in 2020. He is featured by EKU e-Online noting, “Dr. Fatzinger has a reputation among both students and colleagues as an exceptional instructor who makes it his mission to provide students with a dynamic and memorable learning experience,” and his course appears online as a  “Cool Course.” His classroom lectures include Brown University, Clemson University, the United States Air Force Academy, the University of Georgia, and the University of Miami. He has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level at Vanderbilt University and at the University of Miami, Dr. Fatzinger taught First Year Experience courses, Senior Reflections courses, and served as a guest speaker at the School of Law Center for Ethics and Public Policy. 

Dr. Fatzinger’s national presentations include AAC&U, AACSB, NASPA, IUPUI, and Emory University on topics including the integration, assessment, and evaluation of curricular and co-curricular learning. He has served as a Keynote Speaker for ACPA, coauthored a Book Chapter on Student Engagement, contributed to a book on online teaching and learning “best practices,” and his publications include Dean and Provost, College Athletics and the Law, The Successful Registrar, and Student Affairs Today. At EKU, he has presented on teaching and learning “best practices” to the School of Business faculty, Center for Teaching and Learning, and Instructional Design Center. 

In 2011, Dr. Fatzinger was selected for “the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program preparing senior leaders to serve American colleges and universities,” the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship. His Fellowship projects included Promotion and Tenure review and NCAA D1 Rulebook Revisions. In addition to his ACE Fellowship, Dr. Fatzinger has also served as a Co-mentor for an American Council on Education Fellow. 

Prior to arriving at EKU, Dr. Fatzinger served as a Presidential Fellow at Auburn University. At Auburn, he contributed to an eText entitled, A President’s Perspective: The Administration of Higher Education. His time at Auburn included working with donor relations, governmental relations, media, alumni relations, athletics, audit and compliance, facilities, and shared governance. Prior to completing his second doctorate, he served as the Senior Associate Provost for Student Affairs at Georgia Gwinnett College, the first, four-year public institution of the 21st century, where he opened a “One Stop Shop” for students, a new Student Center, and the inaugural Residence Life Project, including its first living-learning community. After developing a vision for Student Affairs on a napkin in the Miami Airport, Dr. Fatzinger worked with the Charter Deans to develop the institution’s “Integrated Educational Experience” growing the institution from a sustained enrollment of 118 students to over 10,000 students. 

Dr. Fatzinger began his career in higher education at the University of Miami ultimately serving as the Assistant Dean of the Graduate School and Assistant Dean of Students reporting to both the Office of the Provost and Division of Student Affairs. He was recognized as the University of Miami Administrator of the Year in 2002. As Director of Graduate Enrollment, his administrative oversight included the enrollment of some two hundred Research I masters and doctoral programs and his work in producing a unified, graduate recruiting effort spanning three campuses, received national award recognition. At the University of Miami, Dr. Fatzinger was responsible for graduate student orientation, developing teaching assistant training, nation-wide graduate recruiting efforts including the National Science Foundation science, technology, engineering, and math initiative, institution-wide policy development, the Graduate Student Association, Student Affairs student football and basketball game-day operations, and student discipline. In addition to developing the inaugural Freshman Experience Program (FEX101), his responsibilities included institutional academic alert and retention, progression, and graduation strategies. 

Prior to entering the field of higher education, Dr. Fatzinger worked in the airline industry revising the system-wide boarding announcements for American Trans Air (ATA) Airline and authoring the American Airlines (AA) Chief Pilot Resource Manual. Dr. Fatzinger has flown on the flight deck of the majority of aircraft in the American Airlines fleet. He also toured the country conducting educational presentations while working with a joint United Nations Environment Programme Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species and Department of the Interior educational grant. Dr. Fatzinger was a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame U.S.A. Water Polo Team to Sweden and has served with the U.S. Scouting Program in Korea, Holland, Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, and at the Philmont National Junior Leader Instructor Camp in Cimarron, New Mexico. He is an Eagle Scout. 

Dr. Fatzinger is a member of Iron Arrow, the highest honor attained at the University of Miami, Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Society of Leadership and Success, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, Order of Omega Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Lambda National Graduate Honor Society, and was featured in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.


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