Hocheol Yang

Hocheol Yang

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Hours: 

  • Virtual via Calendly                                                                                                                                     (Days and times same as below)
  • In person bldg 26 rm 209A                                                                                                               Tuesday 3:00pm-5:00pm                                                                                                                                                                                       Friday 9:00am-11:00am                                     
  • Also by appointment


  • Ph.D., Media and Communication, Temple University
  • M.A., Applied Communication Theory and Methodology, Cleveland State University 
  • M.A., Journalism and Communication Studies, Kwangwoon University
  • B.A., Digital Media, Kwangwoon University


  • GRC 301: Digital Photography and Color Management.
  • GRC 462: Senior Project.

Teaching and Research Interests

  • VR/AR
  • UX/HCI
  • Motion graphics
  • Media psychology Instructional technology


Hocheol Yang is an assistant professor in the GrC Department at Cal Poly. He earned his Ph.D. in Media and Communication from Temple University’s Klein College in 2020 and taught Advanced Video Edition, Mobile Media, Media and Children, and Media and Cultural Difference. At Cal Poly GrC, he teaches introductory and advanced courses in motion graphics and user experience design and evaluation, with emphases on VR/AR, HCI, UX, media psychology, experimental usability testing, eye-tracking, educational content production, and display and imaging technology.

His research interests include immersive media and communication technology, with a focus on motivational effects and processes of telepresence in media psychology. Though his scholarship addresses theoretical questions utilizing rigorous experimental studies, he tries to embrace interdisciplinary perspectives. His work has appeared in journals, including Mobile Media & Communication, Journal of Radio and Media, Telematics and Informatics, International Journal of Communication, Studies in Media and Communication, and The Social Science Journal.

Recent Publications

  • Liao, T., Yang, H., Lee, S., Xu, K., & Bennett, S. M. (2020). Augmented criminality: How people process in situ augmented reality crime information in relation to space/place. Mobile Media & Communication. https://doi.org/10.1177/2050157919899696.
  • Kim, J., Yang, H., & Kim, J. (2020). Being social during the big dance: Social presence and social TV viewing for March Madness in public and private platforms. The Social Science Journal. doi:10.1016/j.soscij.2019.04.004.
  • Kim, J., & Yang, H. (2019). How Does a Radio Host’s Testimonial Influence Media Experiences?: The Indirect Effect of Social Presence. Journal of Radio and Media, 26, 336-350. doi: 10.1080/19376529.2018.1509217.
  • Kim, J., Merrill Jr., K., & Yang, H. (2019). Why we make the choices we do: Social TV viewing experiences and the mediating role of social presence. Telematics and Informatics, 45, 1-11. doi.org/10.1016/j.tele.2019.101281.
  • Shaw, A., Lauteria, E., Yang, H., Persaud, C., & Cole, A. (2019). Counting Queerness in Games: Trends in LGBTQ digital game representation 1985-2005. International Journal of Communication, 13(2019), 1544-1569.
  • Kim, J., Kim, J., & Yang, H. (2019). Loneliness and the use of social media to follow celebrities: A moderating role of social presence. The Social Science Journal, 56(1), 21-29. doi: 10.1016/j.soscij.2018.12.007.
  • Lombard, M., Lee, S., Sun, W., Xu, K., & Yang, H. (2017). Presence theory. In C. Hoffner (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Media Effects, 169-188. NJ: John Wiley & Sons (published in conjunction with the International Communication Association).

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