Patricia Kay Felkins
|Patricia Kay Felkins, Ph.D.|
|Office #:||School of Communication 205|
Patricia K. Felkins, Ph.D., is an associate professor in Public Relations and Organizational Communication and the founding Director of the Advertising and Public Relations program in the School of Communication. She is also the co-founder and vice president of the Africa Circle of Hope Foundation. As a consultant she 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 narratives. Dr. Felkins has just finished her fifth book, The Nonprofit Factor: Gathering at the Table to Change the World. This book examines the meaning of the Nonprofit Factor and the impact of local and global nonprofit organizations in meeting human needs, providing information, increasing awareness of social issues, building coalitions, and advocating for change and a common good. The focus is on nonprofit leadership and communication strategy, telling the nonprofit story, competing in the marketplace, working in a global world and creating a better future.
Dr. Felkins has also authored or co-authored a number of other books including: Community at Work: Creating and Celebrating Community in Organizational Life; Telling Your Story: A Guide to Public Relations Formats; Teamwork: Involving People in Quality and Productivity Improvement;and Change Consultation: A Model for Effective Organizational Performance.
Helping individuals, groups and organizations to develop communication competencies, creating greater understanding and appreciation of culture and diversity, and building community relationships are important goals for her. She taught Intercultural Communication and International Organizational Communication for three years at the Loyola John Felice Rome Center in Italy. In Chicago she produced an award-winning documentary, “A Caring Place” for the Center for Older Adults to share the stories of that senior generation and their community connections. In 2001 Dr. Felkins established the Africa Dialogue Group to bring together faculty interested in research, teaching and service in Africa.
Over the past eight years Dr. Felkins has had an increasing global focus, especially in East Africa, where she has collaborated with community groups, schools and universities to develop technology, entrepreneurship, education, and community development programs. She is also Vice President and Co-Founder of the Africa Circle of Hope Foundation, which supports development projects for women and children impacted by AIDS and poverty in East Africa. www.africacircleofhope.org. Cultural narratives in the poems of youth and access to education for children orphaned by AIDS are some of her current projects. Dr. Felkins continues to work with faculty at Catholic University of Eastern Africa and the Centre for Social Justice and Ethics to develop communication and media programs and educational scholarships. She is currently co-chair of the committee planning an interactive conference “Promoting Justice and Peace: University/Community Collaborative Initiatives” in Nairobi June 18-21, 2013, sponsored by Loyola University Chicago and Catholic University of Eastern Africa.