Kaitlin Hanger

Kaitlin Hanger, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

PRSSA Faculty Adviser

(305) 646-8046

T. Edward Temple Building, 901 W Main. St., room 2208E

Curriculum vitae

Public Relations


  • Ph.D., Wayne State University (2001)
  • M.A., University of Michigan (1994)
  • B.F.A., Aquinas College, Studio Arts, Minor Creative Writing (1981) Summa Cum Laude
  • B.F.A., Kendall College of Art and Design (1980) Magna Cum Laude


  • MASC 300: Technical Prowess
  • MASC 335: Multimedia Production for PR
  • MASC 645: Digital Production


Kaitlin Hanger is a practicing writer, graphic designer, and multimedia artist who specializes in creative work and pro bono projects for non-profit arts organizations. She has over 30-years-experience in the communication professions including advertising, public relations, media production, and magazine journalism. Among other directorial positions, she has worked for Carlson Marketing Group on the Saturn Car Company account and ProQuest Learning, a division of Bell & Howell. She has also owned a successful design studio, producing promotional materials for clients such as the University of Michigan Medical Center, State of Michigan Department of History, Michigan State University, University of Chicago, and American Education Association. Dr. Hanger grew up in Western Michigan and joined Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. She has taught communication, art, and English classes previously at University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC, Fitchburg State University, and Northeastern University.

Research Interests:

  • Postcolonial Cultural Studies
  • Psychoanalytic and Feminist Film Theory
  • Semiotic Analysis of Media


  • University Film & Video Association
  • Broadcast Education Association American
  • Institute of Graphic Arts
  • Public Relations Society of America


  • North Carolina Museums Council marketing award for children’s museum promotions, 2005.
  • COMMUNICATION ARTS Magazine, Notable Catalog annual awards for ProQuest Serials, 2002.
  • International Design Association award for ProQuest Online software packaging, 2000.
  • Five Society for Technical Communication awards for Research Update magazine & marketing pieces, 2000-2002.
  • Ann Arbor Ad Club Silver Award for Digital Vault Initiative, 2000.
  • Wayne State Film Festival (Detroit-Windsor International Film Festival), 1997. Award of Narrative Excellence.
  • Caddy (National Car Advertising Association) for Saturn Cutaway Car Program interactive POP display, 1996.
  • Eleven Addy and DMA (Direct Marketing Association) Echo awards for materials created for Bell & Howell 1990-95.
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival, Best Michigan Film, 1995. “Overview” (sound recordist/consultant) Nicole Cattell, director.
  • 23rd Annual ITVA Video Festival, Boston. “Providing a Future for the Past.” Golden Cassette Award, 1994.
  • American Film Festival, Chicago, Illinois, May 1993 “Providing a Future for the Past.”


  • “The Social Criticism of bell hooks.” Panelist. Salem College, Shirley Recital Hall. October 23, 2006.
  • Conference on Ethics in Photo-Journalism; Wake Forest University. Panelist, 2005.
  • “The Professor and the Madman.” Event Co-coordinator, guest presentation by British author Simon Winchester at the American Library Association Annual Meeting, Summer 2000.
  • Copyright Law and Graduate Research: New Media, New Rights, and Your New Dissertation/Masters Thesis. Ann Arbor: UMI, 2001.
  • UMI Digital Vault Initiative, a project to digitize 500 years of primary source images for Web-delivery, Academic advisor, 2001.


  • You Belong Here (2019) video for the Richard T. Robertson School of Media & Culture.
  • Trapped in Technology (2013) Exhibited as part of the Miami Beach Apple Retail Store workshop on digital imagery, Summer 2013.
  • Women Who Write (2010) Installation art project sponsored by The Center for Women Writers, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • Does Anyone Know Who I Am? A three-part interpretation of the Diaries of Anais Nin. Elberson Fine Arts Center, Winston-Salem NC.
  • We Got Shoes (2011) 20-minute video promoting the South Florida Youth Symphony.
  • The Center for Women Writers: Tenth Anniversary Celebration (2007) presented at the public Silver Anniversary Celebration for The Center for Women Writers.
  • A Star in the Clouds (2007) Faculty Advisor. A 10-minute video on teen AIDS activist Garrett Robinson, produced by Salem Senior Elaine Waikuru Mathangani. Selected for inclusion in the MTV 20th Anniversary Special on AIDS, August 2006.
  • Fine Arts at Salem College (2007) Advisor, Technical Consultant. A 10-minute promotional documentary used by the School of Music and Fine Arts for recruitment purposes. I assigned a senior video student to project-manage the video and worked with the Public Relations and Admissions offices and an outside videographer to complete the work.
  • A Tribute to Rosa Parks (2005) 10-minute video for The Salem College Tribute to Rosa Parks in memorial of her death, October 2005. Public screening, choral performance, and ceremony attended by students, faculty, and community participants, Corrin Refectory.
  • Looking for Billy (1999) 50-minute rear-projected video with dance performance set to interpretations of Aaron Copland’s “Bil- ly the Kid.” Five public performances in February of 1998 at Power Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Video artist. Produced with the University of Michigan Dance Department, choreography by Prof. Bill De Young and musical score by Prof. Stephen Rush. Funded by grants from the University of Michigan, Michigan Endowment for the Arts, and others. (Images shown below.)
  • Earth, Sky, Fire (1999) 30-minute documentary video presentation on three Korean pottery masters (one a living “Korean National Treasure”) visiting Wayne State School of Art education symposium. Scripted and co-summer of 1999.