Published on May 27, 2021 by Sean Flynt  
Dan Haun
Dan Haun

Samford communication and media professor Dan Haun has earned the American Advertising Federation's (AAF) Donald G. Hileman Memorial Award for District 7, representing 19 affiliate advertising clubs and federations in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. The honor recognizes a college educator for outstanding service to advertising, to the AAF district, to a local advertising federation, and to college advertising students through a student advertising team, a student advertising club, and teaching of superior quality.

Haun–a graphic designer, photographer, filmmaker, musician and DJ in addition to his teaching and scholarship–joined Samford’s faculty in 2019. He previously served as a United States Army photographer and public affairs specialist with the 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. His deployments included the Logar and Wardak provinces of Afghanistan with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team during Operation Enduring Freedom.
 
Haun also serves on the board of directors of AAF Birmingham, and is extremely active in connecting students with advertising professionals through the organization, arranging portfolio reviews and encouraging award-winning advertising projects. “His work with students makes an impact in the classroom and through student populations in the Birmingham region,” the organization wrote in its announcement of the honor.

 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.