Getting to know … Dr Kate Fitch

Getting to know…

Name:

Dr Kate Fitch

Dr Kate Fitch joins The Monash School of Media, Film and Journalism

Kate Fitch

Title:

Dr

Faculty/Division:

Arts/MFJ

Dept:

Communication and Media Studies

Campus:

Caulfield

How long have you worked at Monash?

Since January

Where did you work prior to starting at the University?

I was at Murdoch University in Western Australia. I was also a visiting scholar at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona in 2017 – I was there at the time of the Catalan independence referendum in October.

What do you like best about your role?

That’s hard. I’m lucky – indeed privileged – to work in a university. I like teaching and I learn a lot from my students. And I love research and writing and the opportunities to collaborate globally with others in my discipline.

Why did you choose your current career path?

I was working as a public relations consultant in the arts and a university asked me to help develop their first unit in public relations. I discovered that I really enjoyed teaching. Later, I discovered that I really enjoy research.

First job?

Deli counter in Coles Supermarket. I was 15.

Worst job?

Deli counter in Coles Supermarket

What research/projects are you currently working on and what does it involve?

A co-authored book on popular culture and social change, and the (hidden) work of public relations; a co-authored paper on teaching history in the public relations curriculum for the International History of Public Relations Conference; and a book chapter on gender and public relations, which is a tribute to Professor Jacquie L’Etang and her contributions to critical public relations.

What is your favourite place in the world and why?

Scotland – I love hill-walking in Assynt, which is in the northwest of the country. I’ve witnessed a marriage proposal on a wee hill called Stac Pollaidh and climbed Suilven, which takes ten hours and is fairly technical (for me). The place is magic.

What is your favourite place to eat and why?

I am new to Melbourne and still exploring. There are too many fab places to have a favourite yet. How about: a bistro in Girona (in Catalonia) that was also a location shoot for Game of Thrones? They served pomegranate in cognac for dessert.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Saying no. I’m not good at it but it is the best career advice I’ve ever received.

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know?

I’m a proud Freo girl and support the Freo Dockers.

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