Patrick Sutherland
Patrick Sutherland Ph.D.


Communications & Media Arts

Bethany House, Room 102


Patrick Sutherland joined Bethany College in 1989. He’s the author or co-author of four book chapters on topics such as sports communication, the history of motion pictures, and campus media advising. He’s published several academic journal articles and a variety of conference papers on subjects such as how college and university faculty and administrators adopt innovations into their courses/programs.

Sutherland served as department chairperson in Communication for seven years and for one year as an interim chairperson in the Physical Education and Sports Studies Department. He’s taught in the college’s First Year Studies Program numerous times. He’s been awarded the Bethany College Bortz Prize for use of innovations in teaching. He’s been named club adviser of the year for guiding students at the campus radio station.

He has served twice as co-research chair of the Small Programs Interest Group (SPIG), within AEJMC. Sutherland also has served as national representative for small programs within ASJMC.

Prior to college teaching, Sutherland worked in commercial radio and television, and spent four-years with American Forces Radio and Television- Europe.

Sutherland has been held elected positions in the Town of Bethany as a councilman and as mayor, in addition he’s been the planning commission president.

Recent publications include:
Sutherland, P., & Gamble, M. (2017). Campus Media Advisors: Thoughts for the Future and Resources Available Now, in Education in Action: The Crucible of College Media. Gregory Adamo and Allan DiBiase (eds) New York, N.Y: Peter Lang.

Sutherland, P. (2016). Are Sports Programs at Small Church-Affiliated Colleges and Universities Really Different?, in Sport and Religion in the Twenty-first Century: New Perspectives on New Challenges. Bradley Schultz and Mary Lou Sheffer (eds), Lexington Books (an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield).

Sutherland, P. (2013). ESPN Transforms Sports Culture, in American History through American Sports: From Colonial Lacrosse to Extreme Sports. Danielle Coombs and Bob Batchelor (eds), Santa Barbara, CA: ABC CLIO, Inc., 2013.

Areas of specialization include sports communication, media writing and digital reporting, globalization and international communication, communication law and ethics, public speaking and announcing, and online radio.

Terminal Degrees:
Ph.D., College of Communication, Ohio University. 2001.
M.A., College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida. 1989.
B.A., Department of Communication, Marquette University. 1982.