Patricia L. Dooley

Oliver & Betty Elliott Distinguished Professor of Communication

211 Elliott Hall
(316) 978-6068

Ph.D. in Mass Communication (1994) University of Minnesota
M.A. in Mass communication (1985) University of Minnesota
B.A. in History (1975) University of Minnesota

Dr. Dooley teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including, most recently, courses concerning communication law, the digital divide, controversial communication, communication research methods, and dimensions of mass media.

Dooley joined the faculty at the Elliott School after serving on the faculty of the University of Maine-Orono. Her publications include three books, and a number of research journal articles and monographs, book chapters, reviews, and feature articles. Her first book, Taking Their Political Place: Journalists and the Making of an Occupation, was published in 1997. Journals that include her articles include Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, the International Journal of Press and Politics, and The Journal of African American History. In 2013, Dooley finished a successful 10-year stint as director of the Elliott School’s Master of Arts in Communication program.

Before pursuing an academic career, Dooley served as the director of historic sites at the Minnesota Historical Society, where she worked for 12 years. In this position and the others she held at the society, she honed her management and strategic communication skills.

Classes Taught:
COMM 630 Communication Law and Responsibility
COMM 801 Introduction to Communication Research
COMM 820 Investigation and Conference
COMM 833 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication
COMM 826B Digital Divide