Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Faculty & Staff Directory

Patricia Kay Felkins, PhD

Title/s:  Associate Professor Emerita

Office #:  School of Communication 205

Phone: 312.915.6577


External Webpage: http://www.africacircleofhope.org/


Patricia K. Felkins, PhD, is Associate Professor Emerita in Public Relations and Organizational Communication and the founding Director of the Advertising and Public Relations program in the School of Communication. She also developed the Communication Internship Program and the Capstone in AD/PR.  Dr. Felkins was the leader in creating the Advertising and Public Relations Major and the Minor in Organizational and Business Communication. She also established the International Association of Business Communicators Loyola Student Chapter, one of the first student chapters in the nation.

As a senior communication consultant, Dr. Felkins has worked with a variety of organizations including financial, health care, service, manufacturing, and education. Her major areas of teaching and research are in nonprofit and organizational communication, public relations, and community programs.

Dr. Felkins has a global educational focus beginning with the Loyola University Rome Center as a member of the Director’s Advisory Group in Rome and chair of the Rome Center Advisory Committee in Chicago. More recently she has been working in East Africa, where she has collaborated with community groups, schools and universities to develop technology, entrepreneurship, education programs, and community development projects in Kenya. She also established and chaired the Africa Dialogue Group including faculty across Loyola in collaborative research and teaching programs in Africa.  She coordinated a global conference Promoting Justice and Peace: University/Community Collaborative Initiatives in Nairobi sponsored by Loyola University Chicago and Catholic University of Eastern Africa.  Dr. Felkins also initiated the SOC Africa Project, which established Film for Good with the development of a media lab and donated equipment from SOC, film workshops for students from St. Aloysius High School in the Kibera slums and a student film festival in Nairobi.  

She founded the Africa Circle of Hope Foundation (ACOHF) in 2007, which supports development projects for women and children impacted by AIDS and poverty in East Africa.  ACOHF provides scholarships for impoverished youth from the slums to attend secondary schools, universities and professional institutes and colleges in Kenya. After retirement from Loyola University Chicago in 2016, Dr. Felkins has been working for ACOHF on educational programs, youth leadership workshops, skill development resources, and professional mentoring networks. She collaborated with regional nonprofits and Kenyan business leaders to create Career Bridge, a program that awards scholarships for professional training institutes and colleges and provides opportunities for high school graduates from the slums to gain job skills leading to productive careers to help them climb out of poverty and create a better future.  Dr. Felkins remains committed to building community collaboration and supporting innovative educational programs.


PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia - Communication, 1975
MA, University of Arkansas - Communication, 1970                                                  

Courses Taught

Organizational Communication
Communication Consulting
Public Relations
Advanced Public Relations
Integrated Public Relations
Public Service Communication
Intercultural Communication
Reporting and Writing
Writing for Business and Trade Publications
Organizational Communication Seminars
Conference Communication
Business and Professional Speaking
Small Group Communication
Men and Women Communicating
Interpersonal Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Communication Theory
Communication Internship
AD/PR Capstone

Selected Publications

Felkins, Patricia K. and Croteau-Chonka, Clarisse (2014). The Nonprofit Factor: Gathering at the Table for the Common Good.  New York, NY: Hampton Press, Inc. 

Felkins, Patricia K. and McPhilimy, Cheryl (2010). Telling Your Story: A Brief Guide to Public Relations Tools (3rd Edition). Chicago: McPhilimy Associates.

Felkins, Patricia K. (2002). Community at Work: Creating and Celebrating Community in Organizational Life. Hampton Press Communication Series in Communication and Social Organization. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Felkins, Patricia K. Chakiris, BJ, and Chakiris K.N. (1993). Change Management: A Model for Effective Organizational Performance. New York: Quality Resources.

Aubrey, Charles and Felkins, Patricia (1994). Teamwork: Gruppi di miglioramento in azione. Milan: Editoriale Itaca.

Aubrey, Charles and Felkins, Patricia (1988). Teamwork: Involving People in Quality and Productivity Improvement. White Plains, NY: Quality Press and UNIPUB/Quality Resources.