Patrick is in his fifth year as the Assistant Director of Debate and a Lecturer in the School of Communication at the University of Miami. Prior to joining the faculty at UM, Patrick served as the Debate Coach and Lecturer in Communication at Boston College.
Patrick received his B.A. in Politics at The Catholic University of America in 2003. As a debater, Patrick won several tournaments including the 2003 Varsity American Debate Association National Championship and was a two-time qualifier to the National Debate Tournament. Patrick received his M.A. in Communication at Wake Forest University in 2005, where he was a Graduate Assistant for the debate team.
During his time coaching at UM, the debate team has won several tournaments including the Georgia State Debate Tournament, the Henry Clay Debates at the University of Kentucky, the intra-Florida Sunshine State Showdown, the University of Indiana Debate Tournament, the Southeast Region of the Cross Examination Debate Association and the American Debate Association Fall Championship. The debate team is now nationally ranked and were runners-up (2014) & in the final four (2017) at the American Debate Association National Championship Tournament.
Patrick also teaches debate over the summer to middle school and high school students. This past summer, he taught at UM’s own Hurricane Debate Institute (HDI), the Millennial Speech & Debate Institute and the Miami Dade Urban Debate League Summer Camp hosted at UM. In the past, Patrick has also taught at the Capitol Classic, the Wake Forest Debate Workshop, Spartan Debate Institute and the Harvard Debate Council Summer Workshop.
Patrick is currently the 2nd Vice President for the Cross Examination Debate Association, Treasurer for the American Debate Association, the Vice Chair to the Sixth District of the National Debate Tournament and is on the Board of Directors for Dade Debate, Inc.
In 2013, the Fulton Debating Society at Boston College awared Patrick as the Fultonian of the Year. In 2016, the American Debate Association awarded him The Founder's Award for Service.
COS 211: Public Speaking
COS 304: Intercollegiate Debate Theory & Practice
COS 311: Advanced Oral Advocacy
COS 328: Sports as Communication
COS 336: Political Communication
COS 377: Argumentation & Critical Thinking
COS 616: Small Group Processes
COS 660: The Executive Communicator
COS 691: Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
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Waldinger, P. (2016). GOP Primary Debate #12: Miami, Florida, March 10, 2016. In A. Kall (Ed.), Debating the Donald (pp. 317-343). Charleston: CreateSpace.