Sutherland Receives Bortz Faculty Prize at Bethany College

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College faculty has chosen Dr. Patrick Sutherland, Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Communication, to receive the College’s 2008 Bortz Faculty Prize for Innovative Use of Technology in the Classroom.

“My area of research focuses on the use of emerging technologies and new approaches in journalism and mass communication education,” Dr. Sutherland said, “so being selected as this year’s recipient of the Bortz Faculty Prize at Bethany is both exciting and humbling. I’m very appreciative of the fact that Bethany is the type of selective teaching institution that encourages its scholars to incorporate their research into the classroom.”

Sutherland’s recent research has analyzed the efforts of American television and radio stations to use internet websites as a way of increasing interactivity with viewers and listeners. The knowledge gained from those projects helped guide the Department of Communication in updating its use of new technologies on campus. The department has recently introduced an interactive DVD yearbook and is developing a “converged” newsroom in a Media Writing class that will feed digital news stories simultaneously to all campus media — newspaper, radio and television station — over the internet.

“Many members of this millennial generation of college students have highly-developed technological skills by the time they arrive on campus,” Dr. Sutherland said. “One of our goals in the Department of Communication is to monitor the latest advances in ‘new media’ technology and help our students discover the best ways to apply those skills in a rapidly changing society.”

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the oldest college in West Virginia.