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About Jen Schneider

Jen Schneider is Associate Professor in the School of Public Service at Boise State University, where she is also the Director of the PhD in Public Policy and Administration.  She also co-directs the Boise State site of the Idaho EPSCoR project, and is an affiliate faculty in the Public Policy Research Center and the College of Innovation and Design, where she works on interdisciplinary research teams.  Jen’s research addresses challenges in the public communication of scientific and environmental controversies, with a particular focus on industry rhetoric and discourses of technical expertise.  Recent projects include a co-authored book on the rhetoric of the American coal industry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); work addressing hydrofracturing and public controversy; and nuclear power, climate change, and public engagement.  Another co-authored book, The Joy of Science, examines the work-life balance challenges facing scientists and engineers (Cambridge University Press, 2016).  Past projects addressed the relationship between environmental journalism and climate change, the role of alternative hedonism in environmental communication appeals, and the work 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.  


2014 - Present Associate Professor, Boise State University Department of Public Policy and Administration

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2010, 2009, & 2008- Outstanding Faculty Member, Society of Women Engineers, Colorado School of Mines
  • 2014 Christine L. Oravec Research in Environmental Communication Award
  • 2014 Top Paper Award, Environmental Communication Division, National Communication Association
  • Fellow, Frontiers of Engineering Education Annual Symposium, National Academy of Engineering


  • U.S. Energy Policy
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Philosophy of Social Inquiry

Contact Information

Environmental Research Building, Office 5135
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725


Articles (17)

Books (3)

Contributions to Books (7)