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Kathy Barnett

Associate Dean; Director of Portfolio; Internship Program Coordinator; Director of CoB Marketing, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Management


Ph.D., Louisiana State University

M.A., University of South Carolina

B.A., University of Louisiana Lafayette


  • College of Business


  • Careers
  • Communication


Kathy Barnett has been with Loyola University’s College of Business since 2005. During that time she has taught classes in business communications, promotions management, and relationship marketing. She is director of the Business Portfolio Program, oversees all CoB internships and is director of Marketing for the CoB. Dr. Barnett received her PhD in Communication from Louisiana State University with an emphasis in organizational communication and a minor in Educational Leadership, Research, and Counseling.

She holds a masters degree from the University of South Carolina in Student Personnel and an undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana Lafayette in Speech Communications.

As director of the Business Portfolio Program, Dr. Barnett works with over 500 business undergrads in their professional development. She gives workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills and conducts extensive one-on-one career coaching. She is the faculty advisor to Alpha Kappa Psi and has also served as an interim assistant dean for the college.

She 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.

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.


Barnett, K. (2012). Student interns’ socially constructed work realities: Narrowing the work expectation-reality gap. Business Communication Quarterly, 75(3), 271-290.

Barnett, K. (2011). System members at odds: Managing divergent perspectives in the higher education change process. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 33(2), 131-140.

Barnett, K., Ropers-Huilman, R., & Aaron, L. (2008). A planning process perspective on student activists’ upward influence attempts to effect campus change. Southern Communication Journal, 73, 332-346.