Patrick Donnelly

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Patrick G. Donnelly

Professor; Associate Provost for Faculty and Administrative Affairs

  • Full-Time Faculty


Patrick Donnelly is the Associate Provost for Faculty and Administrative Affairs (APFAA).  The APFAA is responsible for a wide variety of faculty affairs initiatives and processes including the administration of faculty recruiting, interviewing, and hiring as well evaluation, and promotion and tenure processes and contracts.  The Office oversees the work of the Executive Director of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and serves as an advocate for campus diversity and inclusion.  The Associate Provost serves as liaison to numerous internal and external units and organizations including Human Resources, Compliance and Affirmative Action, and Legal Affairs and the Higher Learning Commission and other accrediting agencies. 

Dr. Donnelly has been at the University of Dayton for over thirty years as a faculty member in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, a department which he chaired for over nine years.  He received his B.S from Saint Joseph’s University and his M.A, and Ph,D, from the University of Delaware.

Faculty Perspective

U.D. is a wonderful place to work - one where faculty can teach and do research - one where faculty and students can work together both inside and outside of the classroom.


  • Ph.D., University of Delaware
  • M.A., University of Delaware
  • B.S., Saint Joseph's University

Research Interests

  • My recent research has focused on crime and violence in urban areas, particularly Dayton. I am currently working with a community-wide collaborative, the Violence Prevention Program, to address various ways of reducing violence.

Selected Publications

"An Evaluation of the Effects of Neighborhood Mobilization on Community Problems," with Charles E. Kimble. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. In Press, 2005.

"Spots on a Gnat, Good Soldiers, and Sociology Departments: Stan Saxton's Pragmatist Approach to Sociology," with Dan Miller and Fred Pestello. Studies in Symbolic Interaction: A Research Annual, Vol. 21, edited by Norman K. Denzin. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 2000. 31-42.

"Residents' Efforts at Neighborhood Stabilization: Facing the Challenges of Inner City Neighborhoods," with Theo Majka. Sociological Forum 13, (2, June, 1998): 189-213.

"Community Organizing, Environmental Change, and Neighborhood Crime," with Charles Kimble. Crime and Delinquency 43, (4, September, 1997):493-511. Abstract

"Change, Cohesion and Commitment in a Diverse Urban Neighborhood," with Theo Majka. Journal of Urban Affairs 18, (3, 1996):269-284.