TBR | Public Policy
Jen Schneider is an associate professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration and an affiliate faculty of the Public Policy Research Center at Boise State University. Her research addresses challenges in the public communication of scientific and environmental controversies, with a particular focus on industry rhetoric and rhetorics of technical expertise. Recent projects include a co-authored book on the politics and rhetoric of the American coal industry (under contract), work addressing hydrofracturing and public controversy and projects examining the intersections between nuclear power and climate change. Past projects examined the relationship between environmental journalism and climate change, the role of alternative hedonism in environmental communication appeals and analyses of engineers involved in sustainable development projects. In 2010, Jen’s co-authored book Engineering and Sustainable Community Development was published by Morgan and Claypool and has been adopted by engineering programs around the world. Her work and collaborations have been funded by the National Science Foundation and she has been published in Science Communication, Environmental Communication, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Engineering Studies and the Journal of Engineering Education. At the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, Jen served as an associate professor from 2007-2014 and taught courses in energy policy, science and environmental communication and media studies. She was also a professor in the McBride Honors Program in Public Affairs, and served as advisor for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Policy (STEP) graduate minor. Jen received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, and a B.A. in French from the College of Idaho.