Dr. J. Patrick McGrail

Associate Professor and Department Head of Communication
398 Merrill Hall

After a career in television, indie films and stage, I attended the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where I earned a Master of Science degree in Television, Radio and Film. I decided to remain at the Newhouse School and earned my Ph.D. in Mass Communications there. While at Syracuse University, I was adjunct professor of Music Recording. I have taught television, audio and mass communications at Susquehanna University, Pennsylvania State University at Altoona and Jacksonville State University, where I was President of the Faculty Senate and am now Department Head of Communication. I am editor of the Creative Works strand of Ubiquity: a Journal of Literature, Literacy and the Arts, and I publish in the areas of media literacy, copyright and disability in the media. 

Patrick Mcgrail

Courses Taught

  • COM 307 Media Literacy
  • COM 470 Advanced Electronic News
  • COM 320 Video Production and Editing
  • COM 302, Audio Production
  • COM 305 Advanced Audio Production
  • COM 205, Broadcast Writing

Other Responsibilities

As Department Head of Communication, I am responsible for the smooth running of a complex department with three concentrations: Public Relations, Digital Journalism, and Broadcasting. I am also the Coordinator of the Broadcasting Sequence, which requires that I periodically review courses particularly in that area.