Pat teaches courses in media and politics, print, broadcast and digital media, publication layout and design, photojournalism, public speaking and mass communications theory and research.
Before joining the Communications faculty at Saint Francis, he taught at Penn State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He worked in athletic media relations for 12 years before entering higher education and served as the sports information director at Saint Francis from 1999-2005.
He has written two books: Carl McIntire's Crusade Against the Fairness Doctrine (2010) and An Unbreakable Bond: The Brotherhood of Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman (2014). He has also contributed to American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols and Ideas (2013). He is nearing completion of his third book, one tentatively titled Strike Three: The 1977 Johnstown Flood. He published an article titled "Water and Steel: the 1977 Johnstown Flood and the Bethlehem Steel Corporation" in the summer of 2019 in an issue of The Pennsylvania History Journal. Pat has served as a peer reviewer for the journal Critical Studies in Media Communication and has served on multiple students’ doctoral and honors theses committees.
Pat is an active freelance web, print and broadcast journalist. He has written feature stories and opinion essays for numerous news sites, magazines and newspapers. He serves as the radio and webstream play-by-play announcer on broadcasts of the Saint Francis football and men's basketball teams’ home games.
He has co-hosted a Saint Francis basketball coaches show and a Pittsburgh Steelers pregame show that aired on CBS affiliate WTAJ in Altoona. He frequently serves as a freelance camera-operator for ESPN basketball game productions.
Students enrolled in Pat's Communications Theory and Research course have presented their research projects at national and regional conferences, including: the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (University of North Carolina-Asheville); The Examined Life: An Undergraduate Conference in the Liberal Arts (Saint Francis University); the Laurel Highlands Communications Conference (Indiana University of Pennsylvania); and Saint Francis’ Undergraduate Research Day.Pat taught English to students in the Dominican Republic in March of 2013 as a member of Saint Francis' Hugs United Education Team and volunteered on a mission trip to Haiti in October of 2017 with fellow members of his church.
He serves as a trustee at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and is a member of the Board of Directors at Indiana’s Family Promise chapter, an organization that helps homeless and lower-income families work toward financial independence.
He and his wife, Jenna, reside in Indiana. He has three stepsons: Logan, Jameson and Ethan.
= required field
Your email was sent successfully. Thank you for contacting me.
There was a problem sending your email. Try again later, or contact our webmaster.