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Steve Schwarze

Professor and Chair E: steven.schwarze@umontana.edu

Department of Communication Studies Ph: (406) 243-4901

The University of Montana Fx: (406) 243-6136

Missoula, MT 59812 Last updated: July 2014

Academic Positions



The University of Montana, Department of Communication Studies

Department Chair, 2010-present

Professor, 2014-present

Associate Professor, 2004-2013 (Tenured in 2006)

Assistant Professor, 2002-2004

Visiting Assistant Professor, 2000-2002


Augustana College (Rock Island, IL), Department of Speech Communication

Instructor, 1997-2000


The University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA), Departments of Communication Studies and Rhetoric

Graduate Instructor, 1992-1997

EDUCATION

Ph.D., The University of Iowa, Department of Communication Studies, 1999

B.A., Drake University, Speech Communication, 1992. Magna Cum Laude.

Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Outstanding Senior, Department of Speech Communication

National Alumni Scholar (recipient of full-cost, 4-year scholarship)




AWARDS

Top Conference Paper, Environmental Communication Division of the National Communication Association, November 2014

Greening UM Award (faculty recipient), UM Sustainable Campus Committee, 2012.

Christine L. Oravec Research Award, Environmental Communication Division of the National Communication Association (recognizes top peer-reviewed article or book chapter in the field during prior two years). For “Environmental Melodrama,” Quarterly Journal of Speech 92.3 (2006): 239-261; Awarded in 2007.

Helen and Winston Cox Educational Excellence Award (teaching and advising award for junior faculty in CAS), 2004

Faculty Research Fellowship in Regional or Western Studies, O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West, 2002

Douglas Ehninger Teaching Award (for graduate students), Department of Communication Studies, The University of Iowa, 1994

RESEARCH
Articles and Book Chapters

Jennifer Peeples, Pete Bsumek, Steve Schwarze, and Jen Schneider, “Industrial Apocalyptic: Neoliberalism, Coal, and the Burlesque Frame.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 17.2 (2014): 227-254.

Pete Bsumek, Jen Schneider, Steve Schwarze, and Jennifer Peeples, “Corporate Ventriloquism: Corporate Advocacy, the Coal Industry, and the Appropriation of Voice.” Lead chapter in Steve Depoe and Jennifer Peeples (eds.), Voice and Environmental Communication. London: Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming in 2014.

Steve Schwarze, Jennifer Peeples, Jen Schneider, and Pete Bsumek, “Environmental Melodrama, Coal, and the Politics of Sustainable Energy in The Last Mountain,International Journal of Sustainable Development 17.2 (2014). Special Issue on sustainability narratives.

Laurie Yung, Steve Schwarze, Wylie Carr, F. Stuart Chapin III, and Emma Marris. “Engaging the Public in Novel Ecosystems.” In Richard J. Hobbs, Eric S. Higgs, & Carol M. Hall (eds.) Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the New Ecological World Order. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.



Steve Schwarze, “Environmental Melodrama: Explorations and Extensions,” part of the forum by Kinsella, et al., “Narratives, Rhetorical Genres, and Environmental Conflict: Responses to Schwarze’s ‘Environmental Melodrama,’” Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture 2.1 (2008): 78 - 109

Steve Schwarze, “Environmental Communication as a Field of Crisis,” Environmental Communication 1.1 (2007): 87-98.

Steve Schwarze, “Environmental Melodrama” Quarterly Journal of Speech 92.3 (2006): 239-261.

*Reprinted in Readings in the Rhetoric of Social Protest, Charles E. Morris and Stephen Browne, eds., Strata Press, 2013.



Steve Schwarze, “Silences and Possibilities of Asbestos Activism: Stories from Libby and Beyond.” In Environmentalism and Environmental Justice: Contrary or Complimentary? Eds. Phaedra C. Pezzullo and Ronald Sandler. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2006.

Steve Schwarze, “Public Participation and (Failed) Legitimation: The Case of Forest Service Rhetorics in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.” In Communication and Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making, Eds. Stephen P. Depoe, John W. Delicath, and Marie-France Aepli Elsenbeer. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2004.

Steve Schwarze, “Juxtaposition in Environmental Health Rhetoric: Exposing Asbestos Contamination in Libby, Montana.” Rhetoric and Public Affairs 6.2 (Summer 2003): 313-336.

Steve Schwarze, “Corporate-State Irresponsibility, Critical Publicity, and Asbestos Exposure in Libby, Montana.” Forum on Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility. Management Communication Quarterly 16.4 (May 2003): 625-632.

Steve Schwarze, “Rhetorical Traction: Definitions and Institutional Arguments in Judicial Opinions about Wilderness Access.” Argumentation and Advocacy 38 (Winter 2002): 131-150.

Steve Schwarze, “Performing Phronesis: The Case of Isocrates’ Helen.” Philosophy and Rhetoric 32.1 (1999): 79-96.

Conference Proceedings

Steve Schwarze, “Crisis Redux: September 11 and the Asbestos Hazard,” Proceedings of the Ninth Biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment. Chicago, July 2007.

Steve Schwarze, “Ways of Knowing Asbestos: The Story of Libby, Montana.” Proceedings of the Seventh Biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment. Silver Springs, OR, July 2003.

Steve Schwarze, “Appreciating the Wilderness: The Forest Service/Park Service Controversy of the 1920s.” Proceedings of the Fifth Biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment. Flagstaff, AZ, July 1999.

Christopher Kamrath and Steve Schwarze, “Split Decisions: Undecidability and the Question of Jury Nullification.” Proceedings of the Tenth SCA/AFA Summer Argumentation Conference, August 1997.


Conference Presentations

“Industrial Apocalyptic: Neoliberalism, Coal, and the Burlesque Frame.” (With Jennifer Peeples, Pete Bsumek, and Jen Schneider.) National Communication Association Convention, Washington, DC, November 2013.

“Reconceptualizing Communication in Climate Change Communication Scholarship,” International Conference on Culture, Politics, and Climate Change, Boulder CO, September 2012.

“Mapping Coal Networks,” Western States Communication Association, Albuquerque NM, February 2012.

“An Incapacitated Truth: Voice, Strategy, and Networks in Climate Communication Scholarship,” National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans LA, November 2011.

“Stories of Stuff,” Western States Communication Association Conference, February 2011.

“Beyond Green Consumerism: Communication at the Nexus of Consumption and Climate Change,” Tenth Biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment, June 2009.

“Framing, Metaphor, and Conceptualizing Communication about Climate Change,” Western States Communication Association Conference, February 2009.

“Narratives of Restoration & Redemption on the Clark Fork Superfund Site,” co-authored with Jamie Silberberger, Rhetoric Society of America Conference, May 2008.

“’The Air is Safe to Breathe:’ Arguments about Science and Technology in the Post-9/11 Asbestos Controversy,” NCA Preconference, Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology and the Environmental Communication Division, November 2007.

Respondent to panel, “Narratives, Rhetorical Genres, and Environmental Conflict: Responses to Schwarze’s ‘Environmental Melodrama,’” Ninth Biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment, June 2007.

“Crisis, September 11 and the Asbestos Hazard,” Ninth Biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment, June 2007.

“Landscapes of Asbestos: Integrating Research, Teaching, and Service,” Invited Participant for Preconference on Research for Social Change, Western States Communication Association, February 2007.

“The Many Silences of Asbestos,” National Communication Association Convention, November 2004.

“Environmental Melodrama,” National Communication Association Convention, November 2003.

“Ways of Knowing Asbestos: The Story of Libby, Montana,” Seventh Biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment, July 2003.

“Economic Arguments in Forest Conservation Rhetoric,” Western States Communication Association Conference, February 2003.

Invited Discussant on the Environment, Western States Communication Association Preconference on “Communicating For Sustainability Across Dimensions of Life,” February 2003.

“Melodrama and Environmental Controversy,” National Communication Association Convention, November 2002.

“W.R. Grace, State Institutions, and the Poisoning of Libby, Montana.” Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference, May 2002.

“Civic Engagement in the California ‘Energy Crisis’: A Case Study in the Rhetorical Constitution of Environmental Subjects.” Co-authored by Brenden Kendall. Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference, May 2002.

“Public Participation and (Failed) Legitimation: The Case of Forest Service Rhetorics in the Boundary Waters.” Sixth Biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment, July 2001.

“Rhetorical Traction: Ambiguity and Institutional Authority in US Wilderness Policy.” National Communication Association Annual Convention, November 2000.

“Governing Institutions and the Exacerbation of Environmental Conflict.” Pre-Conference Seminar on Engaging Environmental Conflict, National Communication Association Annual Convention, November 2000.


Invited Scholarly Presentations

Conservation Social Science Ph.D. Seminar, UM College of Forestry, April 2014.

Mary Carpenter Schreck Humanities Lecture, Drake University, April 2010.

Keynote Speaker, James Madison University 31st Annual Undergraduate Communication Research Conference, April 2009.

UM Philosophy Forum, October 2006.

TEACHING

Publications and Major Projects

Speaking in the Public Sphere. Pearson/Penguin Academics (Boston, MA, 2011), 452 pp

Co-organizer and Workshop Facilitator, UM Green Thread Initiative, 2008-present

Faculty development for sustainability across the curriculum; ~90 UM faculty served.

Faculty Supervisor for COMM 111 (Intro to Public Speaking), 2003-2012.

Oversee 15 graduate instructors; conduct orientation and weekly meetings; develop curriculum; handle course administration; observe instruction.
Courses Taught

COMX 111 Global Leadership Initiative Seminar: “Live Better by Consuming Less?”

COMX 111 Introduction to Public Speaking

COMX 240 Introduction to Rhetorical Theory (Gen-ed course, COMM major requirement)

COMX 242 Argumentation
COMX 343 Persuasive Speaking and Criticism

COMX 347/EVST 347 Rhetoric, Nature, and Environmentalism (upper-div writing course)

COMX/CCS/EVST 349 Communication, Consumption, and Climate

COMM 575/EVST 575 Seminar in Environmental Controversy


Graduate Advising

Student Publication—peer-reviewed journal article

Kathleen de Onis, “‘Looking Both Ways’: The Intersection of Climate Justice and Reproductive Justice and the Implications of Rhetorical Alignment of Social Movement Concerns,” Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture 6.3 (2012), 308-327.


Conference Presentations

Mollie Murphy, “Convenient Truths: Links Between Parenting and the Environmental Crisis in Sandra Steingraber’s Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Northwest Communication Association, Coeur d’Alene, ID, April 2013.  

Kathleen de Onís, “’Looking Both Ways’: The Intersection of Climate Justice and Reproductive Justice and the Implications of Rhetorical Alignment of Social Movement Concerns.” Presented at the Conference on Communication and the Environment, El Paso, TX, 2011.

Faye Lingarajan, “The Happening: The Casting of Nature as the Terrorist.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Northwest Communication Association, Coeur d’Alene, ID, April 2011.  

Liz Sills, “Dialogue Deterred: The Cultural Racism of Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Northwest Communication Association, Coeur d’Alene, ID, April 2011.  

Jasmine Zink, “’Drill, Baby, Drill’: Sarah Palin, Anti-Environmentalism, and Energy Security.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Northwest Communication Association, Coeur d’Alene, ID, April 2011.  


Thesis Advisor

Mollie Murphy, M.A. Thesis, 2014

Anne Sherwood, M.A. Thesis, 2014

Kevin Stone, Prof-Paper (anticipated May 2014)

Rachel Gregg, M.A. Professional Paper, 2011

Faye Lingarajan, M.A. Thesis, 2011 (co-advisor)

Ashlynn Reynolds-Dyk, M.A. Thesis, 2010

Brittney Buttweiler, M.A. Thesis, 2009

William Homestead, M.A. Thesis, 2007

Jen Von Sehlen, M.A. Professional Paper, 2007

Colleen Lux, M.S. Thesis, 2003 (EVST)

Mari Yoshimura, M.A. Professional Paper, 2002



Committee Member—COMM unless otherwise noted

Mark Douglas, Ph.D. in progress (Forestry)

Gabe Grelle, M.A. 2014

Dustin Schneider, M.A. 2013

Jasmine Zink, M.A. 2012

Kathleen DeOnis, M.A. 2011

Liz Sills, M.A. 2011

Steve Ackerlund, Ph.D. 2011 (IIP)

Greg Peters, M.S. 2010 (EVST)

Kassidy Kern, M.A. 2009 (IIP)

Holly Truitt, M.S. 2009 (EVST)

Molly McKinley, M.S. 2007, (EVST)

Genevieve Jessop Marsh, M.S. 2006 (EVST)

Kate Cywinki, M.S. 2005 (EVST)

Rob Harper, M.A. 2005

Shelby Jo Long, M.A. 2005

Dustin Frost, B.A. 2004, Undergraduate Thesis (Forestry)

Alex Dunn, M.S. 2004 (EVST)

Shawna Starkey, M.A. 2004

Mark Steinbach, Ph.D 2004 (Forestry)

Danielle De La Mare, M.A. 2002

Rowland Freeman, M.A. 2002

Bryan Hansen, M.A. 2002

Shaun Martinz, M.A. 2002


Independent Studies

Anne Sherwood, Spring 2013

Becca Swandal, Honors, Fall 2005 (Honors Thesis)

William Homestead, Fall 2004

Daranne Dunning, Fall 2003

Jan Meadows, Spring 2002 (Recipient of Student-Faculty Research Award)

Brendan Kendall, Honors, Fall 2001 (Conference paper at Rhetoric Society of America, May 2002)

Brendan Kendall, Honors Thesis Director, Spring 2002

Mari Yoshimura, Fall 2000
Undergraduate Advising

~25 advisees per semester

Advised COMM transfer students from 2003-2010

Currently advise new COMM majors


Other Teaching Activities

Invited Lecture, CCS 203, Intro to Climate Change Studies, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

Panel presentation, “Implementing Sustainability Pedagogy Across the Curriculum,” Northwest Communication Association, April 2010

Invited Lecturer, CCS 495, Cycle the Rockies, Communication and Climate Change, June 2010.

Panel presentation, “Implementing Sustainability Pedagogy Across the Curriculum,” Northwest Communication Association, April 2010

Organizer, Short Course on “Teaching Environmental Communication,” National Communication


Association Convention, November 2006.

Invited Lecture, EVST 225, Community and Environment (Betsy Hands), September 2005.

Invited Lecture, EVST 594, Community Responses to Toxic Contamination (Robin Saha), February 2005.

Invited Lecture, EVST 225, Community and Environment (Neva Hassanein), February 2005.

Honors Freshman Seminar Instructor, Fall 2004.

Invited Lecture, Sociology 483, Transborder Seminar (Becky Richards), February 2004.

Invited Faculty Member, English Language Speech and Debate Institute, Kyung Hee University, Seoul Korea, July 2003.
SERVICE

Department Service

Department Chair, Jan. 2010-present

Representative to UFA, 2009-10

News and Notes Editor, 2001-2004

Transfer Advisor, 2003-2010

4-Bear Advisor, 2003-2009

Unit Standards Revision Committee, 2003-2005

COMM Internship Coordinator, Summer 2002

COMM Summer Chair, 2001.

COMM Graduate Admissions Committee, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2011

COMM Commencement Committee, 2001, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2012


University Service

Chair, College of Humanities & Sciences Ad Hoc Budget Committee, 2014

Summer Session/Winter Session Task Force, 2013-present

Academic Programming Task Force, 2013

Invited panelist, “Campus Climate Conversations,” Spring 2013

Unit Standards Committee, 2012

ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs (one of four chairs selected from UM), 2012

Panelist, “Climate Change Across the Curriculum,” UM Climate Action Week, October 2009

Climate Change Studies Minor Steering Committee, 2009-present

ASCRC General Education Review Subcommittee, 2008

Panelist, “Transcontinental Perspectives on Environmental Change,” UM/U. Pesc Joint Conference, October 2008

Provost’s Task Force on Global Climate Change Curriculum, 2007-2009

Provost’s Office Summer Workshop on Assessment, July 2006

President’s Sustainable Campus Committee, 2004-2006

Discussion Leader, “Consumption and Lifestyle: The Overspent American,” UM Earth Week, 2006

Truman Scholarship Advisory Committee, 2005-present

President’s Lecture Series, Introduction for Barry Castleman, April 2004

Co-Advisor, Silent Sentinel student organization, 2003-2005

ASCRC General Education Review Subcommittee, 2003-04

UM Environmental Focus Academic Planning Cluster, 2002-03


Professional Service

Editorial Board, Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 2009-present

Editorial Leadership Team and Praxis Section Co-Editor, Environmental Communication, 2006-2009

Panel Chair, “Environmental Justice Perspectives,” Conference on Communication and the Environment, 2011

Panel Chair, “Conceptualizing Communication Among EC Practitioners” Western States Communication Association, 2011

Guest Reviewer, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 2011

Reviewer, Papers for WSCA Environmental Communication Interest Group, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012

Invited Reviewer, Textbook manuscript for Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere by J. Robert Cox, Sage Press, 2010

Respondent, Panel on “Environmental Crises and Discursive Struggles/Responses,” Western States Communication Association Conference, 2009

Guest Reviewer, Quarterly Journal of Speech, 2008

Editorial Board, Environmental Communication Yearbook, 2004-2006

Editorial Board, Women’s Studies in Communication, 2003-2006

Editorial Board, Journal of the Northwest Communication Association, 2005-present

Respondent, Panel on “Environmental Convictions: (De)constructing Climate Change,” Northwest Communication Association, 2008

Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Greening NCA, 2007-2009

Chair, Panel on “Greening NCA: A Roundtable Discussion about Shrinking the Footprint of the NCA Annual Convention,” National Communication Association, 2007

Member, Working Group to Establish an Environmental Comm Interest Group at WSCA, 2007

Reviewer, Paper submissions to NCA Environmental Communication Division, 2007, 2012

Reviewer, Paper submissions to Conference on Communication and the Environment, 2007

Invited Reviewer, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 2005, 2007

Invited Reviewer, Textbook manuscript for The Play of Persuasion by Catherine Palczewski and Richard Ice, Strata Press, 2006, 2007

Invited Reviewer, Western Journal of Communication, 2005, 2006

Invited Reviewer, Textbook manuscript for The Pocket Guide to Public Speaking by O’Hair, Stewart, and Rubenstein, Strata Press, February 2006

Invited Reviewer, Textbook manuscript for Environmental Communication by Judith Hendry, Strata Press, 2005

Respondent and Chair, Panel on “Agency and Social Change: Tools from the Past, Forces for the Future,” NCA Convention, 2004

Invited Reviewer, Textbook manuscript for Environmental Communication: An Introduction by Marie Mater, Strata Press, 2004

Invited Reviewer, Textbook manuscript for Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere by J. Robert Cox, Sage Press, 2003, 2004

Chair, Vice-Chair and Program Planner, NCA Environmental Communication Division 2001-2004

Guest Reviewer, Journal of the Northwest Communication Association, 2003

Guest Reviewer, Environmental Communication Yearbook, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2003.

Chair, Panel on “Reading and Constructing Places,” Seventh Biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment, 2003

Invited Reviewer, Management Communication Quarterly, 2003

Introduction for Lois Gibbs, Keynote Speaker, Western States Communication Association Conference, February 2003

Chair, Panel on “Sustaining the Multiple Meanings of Fire: Scientific, Economic and Radical Rhetorics,” Western States Communication Association Conference, February 2003

Respondent, Panel on “From the Rhetorical to the Sublime: Rhetorical Constructions of Natural Resources,” National Communication Association, November 2002

Chair, Roundtable Discussion on “The Scholarship of Kevin DeLuca and Tarla Rai Peterson.” National Communication Association, November 2002

Respondent, Panel on “Theoretical and Practical Issues in Environmental Rhetoric,” Western States Communication Association, March 2002

Reviewer, Competitive Essays for Rhetoric and Public Address Division, Western States Communication Association, September 2001

Reviewer, Panel Submissions to Conference on Communication and Environment, March 2001

Chair, Teaching Committee, NCA Environmental Communication Commission, 2000-2001

Book Review Co-Editor, American Communication Journal, Spring 2000-Summer 2002
Community Service

Invited Panelist, Discussion of No Impact Man film, Sponsored by UM Peace and Justice Film Series, Climate Change Studies Program, and the Center for Ethics, February 2010.

Invited Panelist, “Libby: The Next Conversation,” panel sponsored by UM EVST Program, December 2009.

Invited Panelist, “Climate Change and the Press: Improving the Public Dialogue,” Series Sponsored by the UM Wilderness Institute and UM Center for Ethics, March 2008.

Invited Speaker, “Faith and Climate Change,” Series sponsored by UM Center for Ethics, Campus Ministries and Missoula Interfaith Council, October 2007.

Invited Speaker, “Effective Strategies for Environmental Justice Advocacy,” Montana Environmental Justice Workshop (sponsored by MT Dept. of Public Health and Human Services, Rocky Mountain College, April 2006.

Co-Organizer, “Breath Taken: The Landscape and Biography of Asbestos,” exhibit and symposium in conjunction with Center for Environmental Health Sciences and Missoula Art Museum, 2002-2004.

Guest Editorial, “‘Theatrics’ have their place in environmental debate.” Missoulian, February 19, 2002.



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