Timothy L. Sellnow is professor of Communication and Risk Sciences at the University
of Kentucky where he is Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in Communication and teaches
courses in risk and crisis communication. He is a past winner of the University of
Kentucky College of Communication and Information’s Faculty Research Excellence Award.
Dr. Sellnow’s research focuses on bioterrorism, pre-crisis planning, and communication
strategies for crisis management and mitigation. He has conducted funded research for the
Department of Homeland Security, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency. He has also
served in an advisory role for the National Academy of Sciences, United States Geological
Survey, and the World Health Organization. Dr. Sellnow currently serves as theme leader
for the risk communication division of the National Center for Food Protection and
Defense, a Department of Homeland Security center of excellence. He has published
numerous refereed journal articles on risk and crisis communication and has co-authored
five books on risk and crisis communication. Dr. Sellnow’s most recent book is entitled,
Theorizing Crisis Communication. 


Theorizing Crisis Communication (with Matthew W. Seeger) (2013)

Theorizing Crisis Communication presents a comprehensive review and critique of the broad range of theoretical...



Effective Crisis Communication: Moving From Crisis to Opportunity (with Robert R. Ulmer and Matthew W. Seeger) (2011)

This book provides the reader practical advice on how to effectively manage and overcome a...



Effective Risk Communication: A Message-Centered Approach (with Robert R. Ulmer, Matthew W. Seeger, and Robert S. Littlefield) (2009)

The overlying purpose of this book is to construct a communication based approach to risk...



Crisis Communication And The Public Health (with Matthew W. Seeger and Robert R. Ulmer) (2008)


Communication and Organizational Crisis (with Matthew W. Seeger and Robert R. Ulmer) (2003)

Crisis events are increasingly common. Their impacts are greater—and they are more widely reported in...




Food Safety: It's a Talking Matter (with Julie M. Novak), Communication Currents (2009)


Organizational Learning in a High-Risk Environment: Responding to an Anthrax Outbreak (with Shari R. Veil), Journal of Applied Communications (2008)

The National Center for Food Protection and Defense, a Department of Homeland Security-sponsored Center of...



Post-crisis communication and renewal: Expanding the parameters of post-crisis discourse (with Robert R. Ulmer and Matthew W. Seeger), Public Relations Review (2007)

Crisis communication is growing as a field of study due in part to the frequency...


Contributions to Books


Lost in translation: How emergency managers understand multicultural communication in emergency preparedness (with S. R. Veil and C. Mitcham), Pre crisis management: Preparing for the inevitable (2013)

Public relations experts and crisis management personnel have done an excellent job over the years...



Organizational learning (with S. R. Veil and K. Anthony), Handbook of Communication and Corporate Reputation (2013)

With the latest insights from the world of communication studies into the nature of corporate...



Responding effectively to crises: Best practices in organizational crisis communication (with M. Wickline and S. R. Veil), Workplace communication for the 21st Century (2013)

Workplace Communication for the 21st Century: Tools and Strategies That Impact the Bottom Line explains...



Silence in the turmoil of crisis: Peanut Corporatio of America’s response to its sweeping Salmonella outbreak (with A. G. Millner), Case studies in organizational communication (2013)

The Second Edition of Case Studies in Organizational Communication: Ethical Perspectives and Practices, by Dr....



Consider the future of crisis communication research: Understanding the opportunities inherent to crisis evens through the discourse of renewal (with R. R. Ulmer and M. W. Seeger), The Handbook of Crisis Communication (2010)

Written as a tool for both researchers and communication managers, the Handbook of Crisis Communication...




Principles and Best Practices, Presentation at China/U.S. Risk Communication Workshop on Agricultural Biotechnology (2012)