Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

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Cheryl McPhilimy

Title/s: Instructor

Office #: School of Communication 223A

Phone: 312.915.6939

E-mail: cmcphil AT luc DOT edu


Cheryl McPhilimy began teaching as the School of Communication’s first adjunct public relations faculty in Spring 2006.  From 2010 to 2016 she also served the School of Communication as Director of Internship and Career Services.  And in 2016, she joined the faculty as an instructor.

“I know firsthand – as an employer and as an instructor – what Loyola students have to offer,” said McPhilimy. “They are committed, have solid skills and are enthusiastic about making a difference.”

Her firm, McPhilimy Associates, a Chicago-based public relations and executive communication consulting firm.  The firm specializes in working with executives, leaders and boards on issues of messaging, strategy, visibility and public perception, particularly in high-stakes, high-profile situations.  Her client work with executives, teams and content experts includes Fortune 500 companies, global manufacturing companies, international consulting firms, financial and other professional services firms, large non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs and associations.

Earlier in her career, Cheryl worked in print and broadcast journalism and at a large advertising agency.  She and her firm have earned numerous awards from the communications industry, such as the Public Relations Society of America Skyline Awards and PCC’s Trumpet Awards.


BA, honors, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.  Completing MFA from Northwestern University, Evanston.

Courses Taught

Principles of Public Relations

Introduction to Public Relations

Writing for Public Relations

Communication Studies Internship

Sociable Media

Writing for Strategic Communication