Dr. Patrick Gentile

Assistant Professor of Communication
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Dr. Patrick Gentile teaches introductory communication courses and others focused on
specialized areas: Intercultural Communication, Sport Communication and Qualitative
Research Methods. He is also an affiliate faculty member in the interdisciplinary Global Health
and Global Studies majors, in addition to the newly created Sport Studies minor in the
Department of Kinesiology.
Dr. Gentile is the faculty advisor for the Communication Club and Lambda Pi Eta, the
communication honor society. He enjoys conducting research projects with Hope students. His
research niche is intercultural communication within professional sports. He’s especially
interested in the impact of language barriers and other intercultural communication subjects on
the performance of professional sport teams.
He has been teaching at Hope since 2022.

AREAS OF Expertise

  • Intercultural communication
  • Sport communication
  • Sport media
  • Race, ethnicity and nationality
  • Qualitative research methods


  • Ph.D., communication and Information sciences, University of Alabama, 2022
  • M.A., communication studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2018
  • B.A., communication studies, University of Alabama, 2016

Selected Recent Publications

  • “‘I Just Learn a Single Phrase:’ Language Acquisition and Cultural Fusion in Professional Baseball”, with Luke Skuratowicz ’26, Communication & Sport, 2024
  • “Mediated Sports Money: An Analysis of the Relationship between Sports Media Consumption and College Students’ Perceived Financial Understanding,” International Journal of Sport Communication, 2024
  • “The Continued Olympic Agenda Shift: A Case Study of the Time on Camera for Men and Women during the 2022 Beijing Olympics on NBC”, with Z. W. Arth, J. R. Angelini and A.W. Hard, International Journal of Sport Communication, 2023
  • “Competing Together, Nations Apart: Identity and Nationality at the 2023 World Baseball Classic”, with Z. W. Arth et al., Communication & Sport, 2023
  • “‘Learning English is the Single Most Important Thing’: A Qualitative Analysis of the Linguistic Acquisition of Latino Minor League Baseball Players,” Howard Journal of Communications, 2022
  • “‘A Beautiful Experience’: The Cultural Transitions of Latin American Minor League Baseball (MiLB) Players”, with Z. W. Arth, Communication & Sport, 2022
  • “MLB’s Neocolonial Practices in the Dominican Republic Academy System,” Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 2022
  • “Sports Journalism’s Uncertain Future: Navigating the Current Media Ecosystem in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Journalism Studies, 2022

Outside the College

Dr. Gentile enjoys being in the kitchen, as he loves to cook, bake, and roast coffee. He also likes to run, golf, travel and watch his beloved Alabama Crimson Tide. He has a wife, a toddler and a very energetic dog who he loves to spend time with.

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Dr. Patrick Gentile

Phone Number616.395.7595

Martha Miller Center Room 107 257 Columbia Avenue Holland, MI 49423
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