Dr. Smith joined the public relations faculty in 2018. She currently serves as the Associate Director for the Center for Science Communication Research, where her primary role is overseeing the science communication minor. She teaches introductory and advanced undergraduate courses at the SOJC. Smith's research focuses on communication and media dynamics of environmental issues. Since coming to the UO, her work has primarily focused on natural hazards in the Pacific Northwest, including smoke and wildfire. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for Science Communication. She has previously served as an Associate Editor for Environmental Communication and a board member for the International Environmental Communication Association.
PhD, University of Maine, Communication (emphasis in Sustainability Science) // Dissertation: Intersections of Science, Policy, & Media in Sustainability Science
MS, Washington State University, Communication // Thesis: Organizations, Media, & Power in a Multi-Stakeholder Conflict: The Colorado Roadless Rule
BS, Southern Utah University, Public Relations (Magna Cum Laude)
Santo, A., Huber-Stearns, H., & Smith, H. (2022). Communicating with the public about wildland fire preparation, response, and recovery: A review of recent literature. Applied Environmental Education and Communication
Jacobsen, M., Smith, H., Huber-Stearns, H., Davis, E. J., Cheng, T., & Deak, A. (2021). Comparing social constructions of wildfire risk across media, government, and participatory discourse in a Colorado fireshed. Journal of Risk Research
Willoughby, J. F., & Smith, H. (2016). Communication strategies and new media platforms: Exploring the synergistic potential of health and environmental communication. Science Communication
McGreavy, B., Hutchins, K., Smith, H., Lindenfeld, L., & Silka, L. (2013). Sustainability, boundaries, and communication: Addressing context, strategies, and the complexities of coproduction. Sustainability
Selected inivited contributions:
Smith, H. (2019). Foreword for Climate Change, Media & Culture: Critical Issues in Global Environmental Communication, eds: P. Prado & Juliet Pinto. Palgrave Press.
J100: Intro to Media Professions
J377: Science of Science Communication
J453: Strategic Planning & Cases (PR)
J480: Environmental Communication Strategies & Case Studies