2016-17 Faculty Senate Members > Journalism
Brief Bio: Todd Felts began as an assistant professor of strategic communications in 2008 after 20 years working in strategic communications at organizations along the East coast, including serving as speechwriter and press secretary for Gov. Jim Hunt of North Carolina.
At Nevada, Felts received the Honors Program Distinguished Faculty Award and the Semenza Christian Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also spent three years serving as the director of the graduate program in interactive journalism. Through grants through the U.S. Department of State, he has been involved in several international visitor programs to Nevada, including serving as the academic director for the Algerian Youth Leadership Program since 2009. In 2010, he was the co-recipient of a National Science Foundation Grant to create a community engagement campaign to increase the number of student who major in science.
Originally from North Carolina, Felts served as press secretary and speechwriter for Governor Jim Hunt of North Carolina, and director of community relations for the Special Olympics World Summer Games. He spent eight years working in Washington, D.C. including working for the Pew Charitable Trusts and as director of the litigation communications practice at Levick Strategic Communications, where he consulted with leading Fortune 50 companies in marketing during crisis. Felts was the national director of business development for Ogletree Deakins, one of the nation’s largest law firms and the director of media relations of RMR & Associates. Felts launched his career as the public information officer for the North Carolina Zoological Park, and produced and hosted an “At the Zoo” television segment for FOX affiliates around the United States.
Felts earned a doctorate in education management from Drexel University, a master of arts in international communications from Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s in broadcast journalism and political science from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Felts is a fellow in the Scripps-Howard Leadership Academy, and earned a graduate certificate in education entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania.