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Dustin Hahn

Dustin Hahn, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor of Mass Communication

Office: Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Room 166
Email: dhahn@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2797
Home Page: http://www.dustinandrewhahn.com/

Professional Profile

Dr. Hahn joined the Department of Communication in January 2014. He received his B.A. in Electronic Media Production from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. After starting his own media production company shooting video and photography for small businesses, commercials, PSAs, weddings, family events, and more, he went on to pursue his masters and doctorate in Mass Communication from Texas Tech University. He completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Mass Communication at Texas Tech University in 2012 and 2014, respectively.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Hahn has taught courses in mass communication, electronic media, journalism, and advertising. He has taught evening classes, courses from a distance, long semester, three-week courses, six-week summer courses, and more. Dr. Hahn has taught at Abilene Christian University, Lubbock Christian University, and Texas Tech University prior to joining the faculty at West Texas A&M University.

Professor Hahn is a member of AEJMC, BEA, and NBS. He is a student academic advisor for over 40 students in the department and works with broadcasting and electronic media students in sports broadcasting, reporting, video production, television news, and more. He co-advises West Texas A&M University's National Broadcasting Society chapter and Professor Hahn advises the campus' African Student Organization.

Dr. Hahn teaches the following courses at West Texas A&M:

  • MCOM 1307: Introduction to Mass Communication
  • MCOM 1336: Basic Video Production
  • MCOM 2174: Sports Broadcasting Practicum
  • MCOM 2310: Media Design
  • MCOM 2376: Mass Communication Theory
  • MCOM 3305: New Media
  • MCOM 3335: News One On-Air Reporting
  • MCOM 3336: TV News Production
  • MCOM 4191: Senior Portfolio and Development
  • COMM 6381: Quantitative Research Methods
  • Independent Studies in COMM and MCOM

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Hahn has published journal articles as author or co-author and has presented his research at national and regional conferences on many media effect issues. He primarily works within quantitative research methods including experiments and content analyses to investigate his hypotheses. Dr. Hahn researches issues related to the effects of media on society with a focus on sports broadcasting matters including how exemplars and base-rate information, source characteristics, and broadcast production elements impact audience recall, perceptions, credibility, enjoyment, and more.

A sample of recent publications and works in progress:

Hahn, D., & Cummins, R. (in preparation for journal submission). Going deep but falling short: Measuring fans' recall accuracy and evaluations of athlete performances when paired with exaggerated exemplars. Journal, 2016.

Hahn, D., VanDyke, M., & Cummins, R. (in preparation for journal submission). More of a numbers game than ever? A longitudinal examination of the change in frequencey, type, and presentation form of statistics used in NFL broadcasts. Journal, 2016.

Hahn, D. A., & Cummins, R. G. (2014). Effects of attractiveness, gender, and athlete-reporter congruence on perceived credibility of sport reporters. International Journal of Sport Communication, 7(1), 34-47.

Cummins, R., & Hahn, D. (2013). Re-presenting sport: How instant replay and perceived violence impact enjoyment of mediated sports. Mass Communication and Society, 16(6), 787-807.


Personal Sketch

Dr. Hahn has been married to his best friend, Tessa, since 2009. They have one son, Abel. Professor Hahn was born and raised in Southern Illinois, but moved to Texas shortly after marrying Tessa. The Hahns love to be involved with their church and the community.

In his spare time, Dr. Hahn enjoys national and international travel and training for endurance events such as Ironman triathlons, running events and long distance bike rides (road and mountain). He continues to hone his craft in media production by consulting with and helping produce various media projects for clients.