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Samuel Hakim


Office: Lehotsky Hall RM. 292



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Educational Background

Focus in Sport Communication and Statistics
Ph.D. Communication and Information Sciences 2021, The University of Alabama

M.A. Communication Studies 2016, The University at Buffalo, SUNY

B.A. Communication 2014, The University at Buffalo, SUNY

Courses Taught

COMM 2030 (Communication Inquiry)
COMM 2500 (Public Speaking)
COMM 3240 (Communication, Sport, and Society)
COMM 3250 (Survey in Sport Communication)
COMM 3270 (Sport Media Criticism)
COMM 4250 (Advanced Sport Communication)
COMM 4270 (Comm in Sport Organizations)


Dr. Sam Hakim joined Clemson in the Fall 2021 as a lecturer focusing in sports communication. He graduated with his Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences from The University of Alabama. Sam's area of interest is in interpersonal fan-athlete communication and fan identity. Sam is a motivated teacher and applies his classroom philosophies - teach from the heart and be present - to guide his seminars and daily class discussions. Sam is presently teaching this Fall 2022: COMM 3240 (Communication, Sport, and Society) COMM 2030 (Communication Inquiry) Office Hours: Mon/Wed: 2:00PM to 5:00PM

Research Interests

Dr. Sam Hakim's research interest surround interpersonal relationships and communication between fans and athletes. Sam has always been curious about athlete-centered communication and how their individual attributes, availability, and communication can create lasting relationships with their communities. Additionally, Sam recently co-authored articles regarding athlete mental health stigma in the NBA, journalistic views of mental health within e-gaming, mediated fan communication in the NBA, and bibliometrics. Looking forward, Sam intends to focus additional research efforts on fan-athlete communication including how interpersonal thin-slice interaction can create fan identity changes.

While much of Sam's research is quantitatively based, he does enjoy exploring qualitative approaches to unique research questions. The blue-collar scholar knows that it is all about finding the right tool for the job.

Research philosophy: "Research is never done alone."

Research Publications

Griffin, D. J., Arth, Z. W., Bolkan, S., Gilbreath, J. N., Pike, M. P., & Hakim, S. D. (2023).
Scholarly productivity in communication studies: A five-year review (2017-2021). Communication Education, DOI: 10.1080/03634523.2022.2160473.

Griffin, D. J., Arth, Z. W., Hakim, S. D., Britt, B. C., Gilbreath, J., Pike, M. P., Laningham,
A. J., Bordbar, F.,Hart, S., & Bolkan, S. (2022). Collaborations in communication: Authorship credit allocation via a weighted fractional count procedure. Scientometrics. 126(5), 4355-4372.

Parrott, S., Rogers, R., Towery, N. A., & Hakim, S. D. (2021). Gaming disorder: News media framing of video game addiction as a mental illness. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.

Hakim, S. D. (2021). A tale of no cities: Analysis of fan identification and fanship in the Premier Lacrosse League. International Journal of Sport Communication.

Parrott, S., Billings, A. C., Hakim, S. D., Gentile, P. (2020) From
#EndtheStigma to #RealMan: Responding to Athlete Mental Health Disclosures of the NBA’s DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love. Communication Reports.

Lewis, M., Brown, K. A., Hakim, S. D., Billings, A. C., & Blakey, C. (2020). Looking
for information in all the right places?: Social media information outlet types and
National Basketball Association (NBA) fan desires. International Journal of Sport

Honors and Awards

Nominated for the 2021 C&IS Doctoral Teaching award
Recipient of the 2019 Knox Hagood award for graduate student excellence


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