Timothy L. Sellnow, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky
Department of Communication
Timothy L. Sellnow, (Ph.D., 1987, Wayne State University) is Professor of Risk and Crisis Communication in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA.
Dr. Sellnow’s research focuses on crisis planning
Sellnow’s primary research and teaching focus is on risk and crisis communication. Much of his recent research focuses on strategic communication for mitigating the impact of and maintaining resilience in response to potential terrorist attacks—particularly bioterrorism.
He currently serves as theme leader for the risk communication research team at the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, a Center of Excellence sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, he has completed several federally funded projects for the United States Department of Agriculture focusing on risk and crisis communication. He has also served on several occasions as a risk and crisis communication consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
His work on crisis, risk and communication has appeared in the Handbook of Crisis and Risk Communication, International Encyclopedia of
Yearbook, the Handbook of Public Relations, Handbook of Applied
Communication Research, Public Relations Review, Communication Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of
Business Communication, Argumentation and Advocacy, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and the Journal of
Applied Communication Research. Sellnow is the co-author of three books on crisis and risk communication and past editor of the Journal of Applied Communication Research.
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.
Sellnow, T. L., Seeger, M. W., & Ulmer, R. R. (2002). Chaos theory, informational
needs, and natural disasters. The Journal of Applied Communication Research, 30, 269-292.
Sellnow, T. L., Ulmer, R. R., Seeger, M. W., & Veil, S. R. (2008). Terrorism as chaos:
A chaos model for managing random acts of terror. In O'Hair, D., Heath, R.,
Ayotte, K., & Ledlow, G. (Eds.), Terrorism: Communication and rhetorical perspectives (pp. 411-424). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
Sellnow, T. L., Seeger, M. W., & Ulmer, R. R. (2005). Constructing the “New Normal” through post-crisis discourse. In H. D. O’Hair, R. L. Heath, & G. R. Ledlow (Eds.), Community preparedness and response to terrorism: Communication and the media (pp.167-189). West Port: CT: Praeger.