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Hollie Smith

Associate Professor of Science and Environmental Communication
Phone: 541-346-0150
Office: 110C Allen Hall
City: Eugene


Dr. Smith joined the public relations faculty in 2018. She is passionate about undergraduate education. She currently oversees the science communication minor and teaches public relations and science communication courses at the SOJC. Since coming to the UO, Smith's work has primarily focused on natural hazards in the Pacific Northwest, including smoke and wildfire. She has previously served as a board member of the International Environmental Communication Association.


  • PhD, University of Maine, Communication (emphasis in Sustainability Science)
  • MS, Washington State University, Communication 
  • BS, Southern Utah University, Public Relations 


Selected publications:

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           



  • J100: Intro to Media Professions
  • J377: Science of Science Communication
  • J453: Strategic Planning & Cases (PR)
  • J480: Environmental Communication Strategies & Case Studies