Office: MURE 241BB
Phone: (509) 335-3850
Todd Norton is the Director of the Communication & Society Sequence. He teaches in the Communication & Society and Strategic Communication sequences. He also advises Master’s and PhD students in Science Communication in The Murrow College. I am especially excited to work with other faculty within the Murrow College's Science Communication research group.
His research emphasis is public outreach and communication campaigns in complex, often contentious environmental-health issues. His current work focuses on perceptions of risk, vulnerability, differences of issue orientation, and contestation among stakeholders in water. His research appears in, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Human Ecology Review, Communication Theory, Management Communication Quarterly, Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, Management Communication Quarterly and Sustainability Science. Dr. Norton has an active stream of projects funded by and in coordination with federal, tribal, and state agencies.
Ph.D., University of Utah
Master’s, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
Public Outreach Participatory Processes, Risk Communication, and Communication Campaigns.
Public Participation and Outreach
- 2012 National Communication Association's Teacher's 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.
- Norton, T. & Grecu, N. (Forthcoming). Publics, Communication Campaigns, and Persuasive Communication, In Robert Cox and Hans Anders (Eds). Handbook of Environment and Communication. Routledge.
- Smith, H. and Norton, T. (In Press). "That's Why I Call it a Task Farce:" 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.