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Patricia Whalen

​Patricia T. Whalen, PhD., is an adjunct professor in the College of Communication, where she teaches online courses in Advertising and Public Relations Ethics and Marketing Public Relations.
Prior to becoming an adjunct, Dr. Whalen was a full-time faculty member in DePaul’s College of Communication for seven years and served as Director of the Public Relations and Advertising Graduate Program for five of those years.   Prior to DePaul, she was on the faculty of the Medill Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program at Northwestern University where, for eight  years, she taught graduate courses in organizational communication, marketing public relations, and consumer insight.
She currently resides in Sarasota, Florida, and, in addition to her online teaching for DePaul, she is also an online adjunct professor for Quinnipiac University in Connecticut and for Florida International University in Miami.  In addition to her teaching activities, she is an author, consultant, and corporate trainer, currently serving as President of Whalen Communications Group LLC, where she provides training, research and consulting services in strategic planning, organizational change, business ethics and integrated marketing communications for a wide range of corporations and non-profit organizations.
Prior to her current activities, Dr. Whalen had a 17-year successful corporate career in the automotive, aerospace, and telecommunications fields.  She headed up marketing and communications for an international satellite communications firm in Washington, D.C. for eight years, and, prior to that, she managed the corporate communications function for a Fortune 300 manufacturing firm.
She earned her doctorate degree from Michigan State University in mass media, her master’s degree in business management from Indiana University, and her bachelor’s degree in English from the Ohio State University.
Dr. Whalen is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and served for six years on its Board of Ethics and Professional Standards (BEPS).  She is also a recipient of the PRSA’s prestigious Silver Anvil Award for a highly successful crisis management campaign.   She has written two books and a number of book chapters and articles on corporate communication and integrated marketing.
She is also widely published and a regular speaker on the topic of communication during mergers and acquisitions for such organizations as the Conference Board, the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), the Chicago Publicity Club, and the PRSA.


Books and Book Chapters

  • ​“Cementing the Brand Through Integrated Marketing Public Relations,” a chapter in The Handbook of Strategic Public Relations and Integrated Communications, second edition, Clarke L. Caywood, editor, (McGraw-Hill, 2012)
  • “Communicating For A Merger or An Acquisition” a chapter in The IABC Handbook of Organizational Communication, (First and Second Editions), Tamara Gillis, editor, (Jossey-Bass, 2006 and 2011)
  • A Marketers Guide to Public Relations in the 21st Century – a book co-authored with Thomas L. Harris (Thomson, 2006)
  • Corporate Communication From A To Z – – a reference book co-published with IABC, 2005
  • “Short-Circuited Mergers in the Mass Media -- Credible and Incredible Evidence,” a chapter in Media Management Review.  (Lawrence Erlbaum & Associates, 1997), co-authored with Barry Litman


  • “Key Questions to Ask Before Integrating Cultures Post-Merger” in Communication World Magazine, IABC, July/August 2012
  • “How to Avoid the Most Common Communications Mistakes in Mergers & Acquisitions,” in Investor Relations Quarterly – Fall, 2001
  • “Dispelling Myths:  Communication in Mergers & Acquisitions,” in the Journal of Integrated Communications, 2000-2001 edition
  • “Videoconferencing and Distance Learning -- A Symbolic Interactionist Approach,” in the International Teleconferencing Association’s Collaborative Communications Review, May 1996

Research Studies

  • ​International Association of Business Communicators:  Authored the IABC’s 2002 top-selling research study, "How Communication Drives Merger Success."
  • Forum for People Performance:   “Linking Performance Strategies to Financial Outcomes – The Interaction between Marketing & Human Resources and Employee Measurement & Incentives,” 2006
  • The NewsMarket: “The Changing Landscape of Print & Online Media,”  A study on the status of social media in the top 100 U.S. newspapers and magazines