Honorary Doctor and Guest Researcher visiting the department
Susan L. Senecah from State University of New York was in 2014 awarded an honorary doctorate degree at SLU, and is now visiting the department as a guest researcher in the August T. Larsson Programme for eminent researchers.
Dr. Susan L. Senecah is recognized as one of the most influential scientists within the field of environmental communication and a leader in its creation. She is professor emerita of the Environmental Studies Department at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse, New York where she established and coordinated the Program in Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes.
She calls herself a “pracademic” to reflect the intersections among her teaching, research, and practice in process design and facilitation, public participation, collaborative decision making, conflict resolution, and governance structures for environmental and natural resource management.
In addition, for 22 years, she served as a Special Assistant for Environmental Policy in the New York State Senate, performing the tasks of a policy analyst but also providing communities with process design, facilitation/mediation services, skills training, mentoring, and advocacy campaign design. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota.