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Kathy Barnett

Associate Dean

Education

Ph.D., Louisiana State University

M.A., University of South Carolina

B.A., University of Louisiana Lafayette

Departments

  • College of Business

Expertise

  • Careers
  • Communication

Bio

Kathy Barnett has been with Loyola University’s College of Business since 2005. During that time she has taught classes in business communication, promotions management, and relationship marketing. She serves as associate dean for the college. Dr. Barnett received her PhD in Communication Studies from Louisiana State University with an emphasis in Organizational Communication and a minor in Educational Leadership, Research, and Counseling.

She holds a Master of Education from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Louisiana Lafayette in Speech Communication.

As associate dean Dr. Barnett coordinates the college's AACSB accreditation program, semester scheduling, and participates in numerous recruitment and retention endeavors.  She is the faculty advisor to Alpha Kappa Psi and the CoB Student Advisory Board.

Dr. Barnett is a two-time recipient of the Student Government Association Cura Personalis Faculty Member of the Year Award. The award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates a genuine caring for the whole person. The award is presented to those who have significantly aided SGA and the student body in carrying out its mission through their commitment to Loyola's education, and their passion and who listen, guide and counsel students in accordance with the university's values.  She recently received a certification badge in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from the University of South Florida DEI Program.

Dr. Barnett has extensive corporate work experience in addition to her academic achievements. She was a regional marketing manager for Applebee’s restaurants opening two new stores during her time there. She also worked in the shopping center industry as marketing manager in the Texas and Louisiana markets. Her work experiences include project planning and management, customer relationship marketing, special event planning, media buying and community-based project development. Her volunteer work covers a wide array of nonprofit agencies including 4H, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the Visiting Pet Program, and Fashion Group International.