Phone: (254) 710-4471
Dr. Dan Shafer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, Film and Digital Media Division. He joined the FDM faculty in August, 2009 after completing his Ph.D. in Mass Communication at Florida State University.
Dr. Shafer was born in Burlington, Vermont on December 31st, 1978. He attended high school at Open Bible Christian School in Valdosta, Georgia, and graduated in 1997. He earned a BA in Telecommunication and Film from the University of West Florida in 2002, and an MA in Communication Arts from UWF in 2004 before earning his doctoral degree from FSU in 2009.
His research interests are in the area of media effects, particularly issues of morality and media; television, film, and video game enjoyment; and the effects of violent content on attitudes and behavior.
Dr. Shafer teaches Media and Society, Media Programming, Business of Media, and History of Radio and Television. He has professional experience in radio and television, particularly local news and studio production.
Dr. Shafer enjoys playing with his sons, Drew and Logan, and spending time with his wife, Deborah. He lives in Waco near China Spring. He also enjoys watching television and movies and reading fiction, as well as playing computer games. His favorite TV show is 24, his favorite films are The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and his favorite authors are J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.
Sapolsky, B. S., Shafer, D. M. & Kaye, B. K. (in press). Rating offensive words in three television program contexts. Mass Communication and Society.
Refereed Conference Presentations:
Shafer, D. M. (2009, May). Moral disengagement for enjoyment’s sake: Judging the actions of
fictional characters. Paper presented at the annual convention of the
International Communication Association, Chicago, IL. Currently
under revision for journal submission.
Sapolsky, B. S., Shafer, D. M. & Kaye, B. K. (2008, April). Rating offensive words in three television program contexts. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Broadcast Education Association, April 17th, 2008, Las Vegas, NV.
Shafer, D. M. (2007, November). Dispositional shifts and the antihero factor: The process of disposition formation in feature films. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.
FDM 4340 Media & Society
FDM 3352 History of Radio and Television
FDM 3321 Media Programming
FDM 3320 Business of Media
Morality and Media
Effects of Video Games