Office: MURE 241BB
Phone: (509) 335-3850
Todd Norton teaches in the strategic communication and communication and society sequences. His research explores the public engagement of complex environmental issues. The result is work that tracks along two, complementary trajectories: (a) public involvement in and understanding of complex science through participation, uncertainty and risk communication, and (b) contestation among stakeholders in public policy contexts. His early research applied these concepts to large-scale resource policy contexts such as carbon sequestration, land-use conflicts and airshed management. More recently his work focuses on the complexities of multi-jurisdiction water policy and management. He is published in Communication Theory, Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, Human Ecology Review, Management Communication Quarterly, and Southern Communication Journal.
Dr. Norton is project director and principal investigator on several projects focused on water, sustainability and climate dynamics in the Pacific Northwest. The bulk of his research efforts and team-based, interdisciplinary projects involving he and other members of WSU’s Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach (http://www.cereo.wsu.edu/). Complementing these efforts is work emergency management planning and communication in the Office of Emergency Management (http://oem.wsu.edu/). This specialty couples with practically focused efforts in agrosecurity and community preparedness through the Extension Disaster Education Network (http://eden.lsu.edu/Pages/default.aspx).
Ph.D., University of Utah
Master’s, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
Risk communication and stakeholder dynamics as these relate to environmental contexts, crisis communication as they relate to emergency management.
Organizational Training and Consulting
Communication Research Seminar
- 2012 â National Communication Associationâs Teacherâs on Teaching Awardee, National Communication Association Conference, Orlando, FL.
- 2009 – Graduate Advisor Award (Fall 2009), Graduate and Professional Student Association.
- 2008 – Naval ROTC Faculty Excellence Award, awarded by joint Washington State University and University of Idaho Naval ROTC program.
- 2007 – Nominee for W. Charles Redding Dissertation Award in Organizational Communication Division of the International Communication Association for dissertation entitled Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument: Organizing Land Politics. (Nominated by: Tarla Rai Peterson).
- 2005 – Top Paper in Environmental Communication Division, National Communication Association. Paper entitled A Structuration Model of Environmental Public Participation.
- Smith, H. and Norton, T. (In Press). âThatâs Why I Call it a Task Farceâ: Â Organizations and Participatory Structures in the Colorado Roadless Rule. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture.
- Smith, H. and Norton, T. (2013). Voices in the media: Source Use in Print Media Coverage of Environmental Conflict. Newspaper Research Journal, V. 34 (1).
- Coles, A., Eosco, G., Norton, T., Ruiz, J., Tate, E. and Weathers, M. (2011). Mapping local knowledge of hazards to inform research, practice, and policy in the Americas. GestiÃ³n y Ambiente, Volume 14(2), pp. 45-58.
- Paveglio, T., Norton, T., and Carroll, M. (2011). Fanning the flames? Media coverage during wildfire events and its relation to broader societal understandings of the hazard. Human Ecology Review, Vol. 18(1), 41-52.
- Norton, T., Sias, P., and Brown, S (2011). Experiencing and Managing Uncertainty about Climate Change. Journal of Applied Communication Research, Vol. 39, No. 3, August 2011, pp. 290-309.
- Salvador, M. and Norton, T. (2011). The Flood Myth as Archetype in the Age of Global Climate Change. Environmental Communication, 5(1), 45-61.
- Norton, T. (2009). Situating Organizations in Politics: A Diachronic View of Control/Resistance Dialectics. Management Communication Quarterly, 22(3), 525-554.
- Paveglio, T., Carroll, M.S., Absher, J.D., and Norton, T. (2009). Just blowing smoke? Residents’ social construction of communication about wildland fire. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 3(1), 1-19.
- Norton, T., & Paveglio, T. (2009). Organizing Step It Up: Social Movement Organizations as Collective Action. In Endres, D., Sprain, L. & Peterson. T. R. (Eds) Social Movement to Address Climate Change: Local Steps for Global Action (pp. 155-177). Amherst, NY: Cambria Press.
- Sprain, L., Norton. T., & Milstein, T. (2009). Step It Up as Image Politics in the Pacific Northwest. In Endres, D., Sprain, L. & Peterson. T. R. (Eds) Social Movement to Address Climate Change: Local Steps for Global Action (281-305). Amherst, NY: Cambria Press.
- Norton, T. (2008). Property as interorganizational discourse: Rights in the politics of public spaces. Communication Theory, 18(2), 210-239.
- Norton, T. (2007). The structuration of public participation: Organizing environmental control. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 1(2), 146-170.
- Peterson, T. R., & Norton, T. (2007). Discourses of sustainability in today’s public sphere. In S. May, G. Cheney & J. Roper (Eds.), The Debate Over Corporate Social Responsibility (pp. 786-819). Oxford: UK: Oxford University Press.
- Norton, T., and Sadler, C. (2006). Dialectical hegemony and the enactment of contradictory definitions in a rural community planning process. Southern Communication Journal, 71(4), 363-382.