Patrick Sutherland Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Communications & Media Arts
Bethany House, Room 102
Before joining Bethany College in 1989, Pat Sutherland worked in commercial radio and television, in the U.S. Army, at the Department of Defense’s (American Forces Radio and Television Network in Europe). He’s worked at eight radio stations and two TV operations.
He found his passion for radio and television as a teenager growing up in Western Wisconsin. Not knowing professional protocol, he would call-up local radio stations and suggest ways to improve their formats. Fortunately, he was treated with kindness by the people he spoke with.
Ph.D., Ohio University (2001)
M.A., University of Florida (1989)
B.A., Marquette University (1982)
Areas of Passion & Research
Pat’s research in communications and journalism is varied. He has had a total of over 12 conference papers, journal articles, and book chapters published on topics ranging from technical innovations in teaching college courses, to news and entertainment content, and sports communications.
Pat’s family has a history of performing public service. He served two terms as Bethany Mayor, from 2015-2019. He enjoys traveling, a little gardening, reading, watching movies and sports, also listening to music, and taking walks. For 25 years at Bethany College, he was a regular in “Noon Hoops” pick-up basketball games.
Favorite Quote, Book, or Movie . . . Why?
Pat’s favorite movie is the one starred in and directed by Orson Welles, “Citizen Kane.” The fictional account of the life of a media mogul, demonstrates the importance of a free, vigorous, and fair news media in a democracy. Subtexts of the film include cautions about the effects of greed and the pursuit of power.
Pat loves attending theatre productions and concerts but would never want to act in a play or sing. He’s visited all 50 states and some 15 other countries. Despite regular fishing and hunting outings as a child, he is a lousy fisherman and an impatient hunter, but he’s OK at sitting around a campfire.
Pat has served as a Bethany College department chair three different times and has met and keeps in contact with hundreds of successful Bethany Alumni. Each one of them makes him proud in some way.