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Contact Information
Title: Assistant Professor of Communication
Office: 131 Vairo Library
Phone: 610-892-1251
Email: hcs10@psu.edu

Hans Schmidt received his Ph.D. in Mass Media and Communication from Temple University, and his B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies from West Chester University. His research focuses on journalism and media literacy education at the university level. With disciplinary interests ranging from interpersonal communication to media studies, he has taught a variety of communication, media, and journalism courses.

In addition to his teaching and research, Hans Schmidt has served on the executive council of the Pennsylvania Communication Association, as second vice president of the Eastern Communication Association, and on the editorial review board of several peer reviewed academic journals.

Prior to joining the Penn State Brandywine faculty, he taught at several other colleges and universities, served as assistant director of a student academic support program, served as faculty advisor to a student newspaper, and worked as a professional journalist and photographer in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Selected Recent Publications

Schmidt, H. C. (2013). Women, sports, and journalism: Examining the limited role of women in student newspaper sports reporting. Communication & Sport, 1(3), 246-268.

Schmidt, H. C. (2013). Media literacy education in primary, secondary, and post-secondary education: A comparison of how media literacy is addressed across the educational system. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 5(1), 295-309.

Schmidt, H. C. (2013). Addressing media literacy within higher education: A comparison of faculty and student perceptions. Northwest Journal of Communication, 41(1), 161-187.

Schmidt, H. C. (2013). Propaganda. In G. K. Piehler (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Military Science. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Schmidt, H. C. (2012). Media literacy in secondary and post-secondary education: A comparison of high school and university-level media literacy instruction. Journal of Effective Teaching, 12(1), 64-77.

Schmidt, H. C. (2011). Communication patterns and the university-level tutor. Journal of College Reading and Learning, 42(1), 45-60.

Selected Recent Presentations

Schmidt, H. C. (2014).  The limited role of women in campus sports media: An analysis of perspectives on female sports and sports reporters in university student newspapers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Providence, RI.

Schmidt, H. C. (2014).  Reporting politics in an era of student political activism: An analysis of bias in student newspaper political coverage. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Providence, RI.

Schmidt, H. C. (2013). Editorial independence and censorship at student newspapers: A comparative analysis of perceptions and content. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Communication Association, Erie, PA.

Schmidt, H. C. (2013). Political reporting on campus: An analysis of student newspaper political reporting in 2008 and 2012. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Washington, DC.

Schmidt, H. C. (2013). From "Friends in Low Places" to a "Whiskey Lullaby": The depiction of alcohol use in top country songs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, Washington, DC.

Schmidt, H. C. (2011). Media literacy across the curriculum: How disciplinary perspectives affect media literacy education at the college level. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Arlington, VA.

Schmidt, H. C. (2011). Media literacy education for teens and young adults: A comparison of high school and university-level media literacy instruction. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the National Association for Media Literacy Education, Philadelphia, PA.

Schmidt, H. C. (2010). Relational communication and the creation of the university tutor role. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.