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Dr. Matthew Seeger

Professor and Dean
(313) 577-5342
matthew.seeger@wayne.edu
5104 Gullen Mall - The Linsell House

Biography

Matthew W. Seeger (Ph.D.
, 1982, Indiana University) is dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts and a professor of communication
.

The College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts (CFPCA) serves over 2,500 students majoring in 16 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs through its four departments: Department of Communication, Department of Music, James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History and Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance. Dean Seeger also served as associate dean of the Wayne State University Graduate School and advised 35 doctoral dissertations.

Seeger’s research interests concern crisis and risk communication, crisis response and agency coordination, health communication, the role of media in crisis, crisis and communication ethics, failure of complex systems and post-crisis renewal.

He has worked closely with the United States Centers for Disease Control 
and Prevention on communication and anthrax attack and on pandemic influenza preparedness. He is an affiliate of the National Center 
for Food Protection and Defense where he studies issues of food safety and recalls. He is Co-PI on the National Science Foundation Grant Multi-Agency Jurisdictional Organized Response, a project involving crisis coordination in complex social-technical systems. Seeger also works with the National Center for Border Security and Immigration.

His work on crisis, risk and communication has appeared in over 100 journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings. Seeger is the author or co-author of six books on crisis and risk communication.

Follow @DeanMattSeeger on Twitter.

Read Dean Seeger's December 2011 Q&A profile of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts.

Selected book publications:

Sellnow, T. L., Ulmer, R. R., Seeger, M. W., & Littlefield, R. S. (2009). Effective risk communication: A message-centered approach. New York: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Ulmer, R.R., Sellnow, T. L., & M. W. Seeger (2006). Effective crisis communication. Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA.

Seeger, M. W, Sellnow, T. L, & Ulmer, R. R. (2003). Organizational communication and crisis. Prager: Westport, CT.

Seeger, M. W, (1997). Organizational communication ethics: Decisions and dilemmas. Series on Communication and Social Organization. Hampton Press: Cresskill, NJ.

Selected journal publications:

Seeger, M. W., & Novak, J. M. (2010). Modeling the Recall and Warning Process in the Foodborne Contamination Event: Perspectives from Disaster Warnings and Crisis Communication. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 28, 1, 115-145.

Seeger, M.W., & Griffin Padgett, D.R. (2010). From image restoration to renewal: Approaches to understanding post-crisis communication. Review of Communication. 10, 2, 127-141.

Seeger, M. W., (2009). Does communication research make a difference? Reconsidering the impact of our work. Communication Monographs, 76, 1, 12-19.

Spence, P.R., Lachlan, K., McIntyre, J. J., & Seeger, M. W. (2009) Serving the Public Interest in a Crisis: Radio and Its Unique Role. Journal of Radio Studies, 16, 2 1-16.

Veil, S., Reynolds, B., Sellnow, T. L., & Seeger, M. W. (2008). CERC as a theoretical framework for research and practice. Health Promotion Practice 9, 4, 26S-34S.

Ulmer, R. R., Seeger, M. W., & Sellnow, T. L. (2007). Post-crisis communication and renewal: Expanding the parameters of post-crisis communication. Public Relations Review, 33, 130-134.

Spence, P.R.. Lachlan, K., Burke, J. M. & Seeger, M. W. (2007). Media use and Informational Needs of the Disabled During a Natural Disaster. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 18, 394-404.

Crisis links of interest:

Crisis Communication Scholars Blog

Emergency Maganement Laboratory

Disaster Research Center

Federal Emergency Management Administration

Erik Auf der Heide’s book Disaster Response: Principles of Preparation and Coordination

National Center for Food Protection and Defense

Center for Communication, Health and Risk, University of Maryland

Institute for Information Technology and Culture, Wayne State University

Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado, Boulder

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Pandemic Preparedness Communication Guidance

Ethics links of interest:

Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association

Poynter Center for Journalism Ethics

April 15, 2011
Dean Seeger delivered the welcome at the beginning of Wayne State University's celebration of the inauguration of its 11th president, Allan Gilmour:


Research Interests

crisis and risk communication, crisis response and agency coordination, health communication, the role of media in crisis, crisis and communication ethics, failure of complex systems and post-crisis renewal


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In September 2011, Dean Seeger visited Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Communication, George Ziegelmueller, at George's home in Chicago.


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Dr. Seeger is pictured in October 2007 at Wayne State University Police headquarters.


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Matt is an avid fisherman, especially fly fishing in Michigan rivers. Here's one (of the many?) that didn't get away!