• Daniel Hunt

    Daniel Hunt

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    B.A., University of Rhode Island
    M.S., Boston University College of Communication
    Ph.D., University of Connecticut

    Daniel S. Hunt, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Worcester State University. He teaches courses in new media and mass communication. His research on social media, interactive technology, and image sharing has been published in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, Newspaper Research Journal, The Journal of Social Media in Society, The Journal of Media Literacy, and Computers in Human Behavior.

    Dan earned his doctorate in Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut, where he began studying interactive communication technologies. Prior to attending UCONN, he worked as a photojournalist. He holds a Master of Science in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study. He worked for several years as a photojournalist and during that time starting teaching communication courses part-time. It was his love for visual imagery that drove him to research social technologies. As an undergraduate, he studied Communication Studies at the University of Rhode Island.

    Currently he is the Faculty Advisor to the Worcester Sate University Radio (WSUR) Club. He also serves on the advisory board for the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Honors Program, and the Center for Community Media. He is also a member of the Technology Committee. Before working for WSU, Dan was the program Director of the Communication Program at Newbury College in Brookline, MA. In this role he supervised students in their internships, worked on writing and revising the curriculum, and organized several student organizations related to the communication major.

  • Courses Taught
    • Social Media
    • Introduction to Mass Communication
    • Visual Media Literacy
    • Public Speaking

    Hunt, D.S. (2014). Images of the self: the role of photographic communication in digital literacy education. The Journal of Media Literacy, 61 (1/2), 33-36.

    Hunt, D.S., & Langstedt, E.L. (2013). The Influence of Personality Factors and Motives on Photographic Communication. The Journal of Social Media in Society, 3 (2), 42-63.

    Hunt, D.S., Lin, C.A., & Atkin, D.J. (2014).  Communicating Social Relationships via the Use of Photo Messaging. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 58 (2), 234-252.

    Hunt, D.S., Lin, C.A., & Atkin, D.J. (2014).  Photo-messaging: Adopter Attributes, Technology Factors and Use Motives. Computers in Human Behavior, 40, 171-179.

    Hunt, D.S., Atkin, D.J., & Kowal, C. J. (2013). Community Attachment Affects Use of Online, Interactive Features. Newspaper Research Journal, 34 (2).

    Hunt, D.S., Atkin, D.J., & Krishnan, A. (2012). The influence of computer-mediated communication apprehension on motives for Facebook use. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 56 (2), 187-201.

    Krishnan, A., & Hunt, D.S. (2015). Influence of a Multi-Dimensional Measure of Attitudes on Motives to Use Social Networking Sites. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 18 (3), 165-172.

    Honors and Grants
    Awarded a Faculty Mini-Grant at Worcester State University to work with students perform a content analysis of newspaper imagery used to represent the Boston Marathon Bombings.
    Co-awarded a Faculty Learning Community grant for the project, "Film as an Interdisciplinary Teaching Tool."’
    Selected to participate in the International Faculty Development Seminar, "Learning while Leading: Supporting Intercultural Development through Study Away" in Madrid, Spain.

    Selected as a Finalist in the Great Ideas For Teaching (GIFT) program at AEJMC.
    Awarded the Outstanding Faculty Service Award for 2012-2013 at Newbury College by President Hannah McCarthy.
    Recipient of the University of Connecticut Department of Communication Summer Fellowship award (various years/graduate student).