Age: Old Enough to Know Better!
HOMETOWN: Newberry, SC
DEGREE: Ph.D., Psychology
FAVORITE WRITERS: Joyce Carol Oates, Gore Vidal, Toni Morrison, Joseph Heller

"I believe in the possibility of everything, but I accept the reality of nothing." I was introduced to this quote by an English professor at Florida Atlantic University back in the 1970s; it has always stuck with me, and has become something of a personal philosophy.

Dann Hazel, Ph.D., is a Florida-based psychology professor and author. His professional experience includes teaching high school students, directing college preparatory grants, counseling in a private psychiatric hospital, teaching psychology on the college level, and writing. He has earned three master's degrees (in education, clinical psychology, and media psychology), as well as a doctorate in psychology. Dann's doctoral dissertation is entitled "Relationships of Psychological Well-Being, Social Morals, and Personality among Religious and Non-Religious Individuals." 

His writing credits include a number of magazine articles about the Spoleto U.S.A. Festival in Charleston, SC, a young adult novel, and Witness: Gay and Lesbian Clergy Report from the Front and Moving On: The Gay Man's Guide for Coping When a Relationship Ends. His self-published fiction includes Sinful Sadie and Brutal Exclusions. For about six years, he co-authored several Walt Disney World guidebooks with his husband. His short stories, including "The Tick Wars," "Haitian Elegy," and "Riding to Jedburg," focus on characters facing unique obstacles to fulfillment, yet, because of their ability to cultivate confidence in their personal strengths, they emerge victorious from life's challenges.

Dann currently resides with his husband, Josh Fippen, and their Siberian Husky, Rocky, and American Eskimo, Flurry, in beautiful Lake Wales, Florida.

M.Ed. (Adolescent behavior disorders)
the citadel

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  • My Spoleto Festival USA-related articles have been published in Atlanta magazine, Dancemagazine, The Guide, Blueboy, and Hero magazine.
  • Two Paths to Now, a young adult, coming-of-age novel. 
  • Moving On: The Gay Man's Guide for Coping When a Relationship Ends, nonfiction/self-help.
  • Witness: Gay and Lesbian Clergy Report from the Front, nonfiction.
  • Brutal Exclusions, historical fiction.

Quick Facts

Professional Experience

polk state college
professor of psychology
  • I teach both online and face-to-face classes in General Psychology and Human Growth and Development.  
  • I accomplished traing and faculty online certification on all three levels, including advanced Level 3, "Developing Quality Matters Courses."
  • As part of the Media Psychology concentration in pursuit of my doctorate degree, I successfully completed the course, "Media Innovation in Online Education" at Fielding Graduate University. The Moodle platform was used for this course.
Bachelor of arts in english
Newberry college


Dann Hazel

fielding graduate university

About Me

Ph.D., Psychology (media)
fielding graduate university

Author, Fiction and Nonfiction