Fritz Cropp

Associate Dean for Global Programs

Doctoral Faculty, Global Programs, Journalism Studies

Associate Professor

134-C Neff Annex
Missouri School of Journalism
Columbia, MO 65211-1200

FRITZ CROPP is associate dean for Global Programs and an associate professor of journalism studies at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Under his leadership, the school has dramatically increased international opportunities for undergraduate students. Nearly one-third of current students now study abroad, choosing from a menu of more than 20 options. Included among choices for students are internships in Brussels and Buenos Aires, where Cropp established offices for the School.

Cropp has also managed the School of Journalism’s growth in China, where Missouri now works with most of the top media companies and all of the country’s top journalism schools. In 2008, he developed a program that allowed 59 Missouri students to help cover the Beijing Olympics for the Olympic News Service.

He has managed large grants from the U.S. Department of State aimed at building journalism education programs around the world, including the “Bringing the Missouri Method to Moscow State University” and “Giving Voice to Democracy: Building a Graduate Journalism Program in Moldova” programs.

Cropp taught in the public relations sequence at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University prior to joining the Missouri School of Journalism faculty in 1998. He earned his doctorate degree at the Missouri School of Journalism two years earlier, with a dissertation that explored perceptions of advertising among advertising executives in Japan. Cropp’s master’s project, completed at California State University, Fullerton, examined perceptions of public relations practitioners among newspaper journalists.


  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sino-U.S. Cooperation in Education of Journalism & Communication award, presented by Renmin University School of Journalism and Communication, 2005
  • Provost Award for Leadership in International Education, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2001-2002
  • Nominated by ad club officers for Faculty & Staff Recognition Award for Student Development, University of Missouri Columbia, 2000 and 2001
  • Recognized by American Advertising Federation for work with minority students, 2001 and 1999
  • Dick Alberding International Marketing Communications award for process improvement, Hewlett-Packard, 1991


  • Vartanova, Elena and Fritz Cropp (2007), Media and Change, MediaMir, Moscow
  • Cropp, Fritz, Cynthia Frisby and Dean Mills (2003), Journalism Across Cultures, Iowa State University Press, Ames, Iowa.

Refereed Publications

  • Li, Chunxiao, Fritz Cropp, Will Sims and Yan Jin (2012). “Perceived Professional Standards in Public Relations in China: Through the Lens of Chinese Public Relations Practitioners,” Public Relations Review, Vol. 38, No. 5, pp. 704-710.
  • Kononova, Anastasia, Saleem Alhabash and Fritz Cropp (2011), “The Role of Media in the Process of Socialization to American Politics Among International Students” International Gazette, Vol. 73, pp. 302-321.
  • Li, Chunxiao, Fritz Cropp and Yan Jin (2010), “Identifying Key Influencers of Chinese PR Professionals’ Strategic Conflict Management Practice: A Survey on Contingent Variables in Chinese Context,” Public Relations Review, Vol. 36, No. 3, pp. 249-255.
  • Pang, Augustine, Fritz Cropp and Glen T. Cameron (2006), “Corporate Crisis Planning: Tensions, Issues and Contradictions,” Journal of Communication Management, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 371-389.
  • Shin, Jae-Hwa, Glen T. Cameron and Fritz Cropp (2006), “Occam’s Razor in the contingency theory: A National Survey on 86 Contingent Variables,” Public Relations Review, Vol. 32, pp. 282-286.
  • Park, Jae-Jin and Fritz Cropp (2003), “An Exploratory Study of Marketers’ Perceptions of Internet Reciprocal Communication Forms as Marketing Communication Tools,” in Communication and Culture in Korea at the Crosswinds of Tradition and Change, a special publication of the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, pp. 119-139.
  • Yoon, Doyle, Fritz Cropp and Glen Cameron (2002), “Building Relationships with Portal Users: The Interplay of Motivation and Relational Factors,” Journal of Interactive Advertising, Vol. 3, No. 1.
  • Reber, Bryan, Fritz Cropp and Glen Cameron (2002), “Impossible Odds: Contributions of Legal Counsel and Public Relations Practitioners In a Hostile Takeover of Conrail Inc. by Norfolk Southern Railroad,” Journal of Public Relations Research, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 1-25.
  • Reber, Bryan, Fritz Cropp and Glen Cameron (2001), “Mythic Battles: Examining the Lawyer-Public Relations Counselor Dynamic,” Journal of Public Relations Research, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 187-218.
  • Cameron, Glen, Fritz Cropp and Bryan Reber (2001), “Getting Past Platitudes: Factors Limiting Accommodation in Public Relations,” Journal of Communication Management, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 242-261.
  • Reber, Bryan, Stan Kaufman and Fritz Cropp (2000), “Assessing Q Assessor: A Validation Study of Q-Assessor Computer Based Q-Sorts versus Paper Sorts,” Operant Subjectivity, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 192-209.
  • Yoon, Doyle and Fritz Cropp (1999), “Cultural Differences in Internet Advertising: A Content Analysis of Internet Advertising Between the United States and Korea,” Sungkok Journalism Review, Vol. 9/10, pp. 73-90.
  • Pincus, J. David, Tony Rimmer, Robert E. Rayfield and Fritz Cropp (1993), “Newspaper Editors’ Perceptions of Public Relations: How Business, News and Sports Editors Differ,” Journal of Public Relations Research, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 27-45.

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Updated: October 24, 2019