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About Steven E. Daniels

Steve Daniels was a Community Development Specialist in University Extension and Professor in
the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology and in the Department of
Environment and Society. Previously, he was the Director of the Western Rural Development
Center at Utah State University (1999-2004), on the faculty at Oregon State University as a
professor of forest policy and economics (1989-1999) and on the faculty of Utah State University
Much of Dr. Daniels professional interests focus on community linkages to natural resources and
in collaborative processes in natural resource management. He has been involved in a number of
community-level collaborations, primarily in the Pacific Northwest. With Dr. Gregg Walker of
OSU, he is a co-author of “Working Through Environmental Conflict: The Collaborative
Learning Approach.”
In addition to the Collaborative Learning book, Dr. Daniels has published more than 80 scientific
papers, book chapters, and reports. Many of these report experiences or methods developed
through Collaborative Leaning projects on behalf of agencies or communities. Working with
various federal natural resource management agencies has been Dr. Daniels’ major area of
practice. As a result of this broad base of experience, Dr. Daniels has taught in courses for
several agencies, NGOs, and at 14 universities in the USA and abroad.


Present Emeritus Professor, Utah State University Sociology and Anthropology

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • 2006 - Excellence in Extension and Public Outreach, Rural Sociological Society
  • 2004 - Certificate of Appreciation, Western Cooperative Extension Directors
  • 1999 - Aufderheide Award (Teacher of the Year) College of Forestry, Oregon State University
  • 1994-1996 - Chair of the Policy, Economics, and Law Working Group of the Society of American Foresters
  • 1992 - Selected to attend the Summer Institute on Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
  • 1991 - Selected to Socioeconomic Technical Committee, Blue Mountain Natural Resources Insitute
  • 1991 - Appointed to Steering Committee, Consortium for the Social Values of Natural Resources
  • 1990 - Awarded L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Grant for work in undergraduate writing instruction
  • 1990 - Certificate of Appreciation, USDA Forest Service, "for contributions to development of cost and supply analysis in the equilibrium modeling analysis"
  • 1989 - Selected R6 Representative, Economics and Policy Working Group, Society of American Foresters
  • 1989 and 1991 - Nominated by students for Aufderheide Award (Teacher of the Year)

Contact Information

Mail Address:
Department of Sociology, Social Work and Athropology
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-8335
Old Main 216C
(435) 797-1255

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