Matthew SeegerProfessor and Dean Department of Communication
Phone: (313) 577-2943
Matthew W. Seeger (Ph.D. , 1982, Indiana University) is dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts and a professor of communication .
The College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts (CFPCA) serves over 2,500 students majoring in 16 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs through its four departments: Department of Communication, Department of Music, James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History and Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance. Dean Seeger also served as associate dean of the Wayne State University Graduate School and advised 35 doctoral dissertations.
Seeger’s research interests concern crisis and risk communication, crisis response and agency coordination, health communication, the role of media in crisis, crisis and communication ethics, failure of complex systems and post-crisis renewal.
He has worked closely with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on communication and anthrax attack and on pandemic influenza preparedness. He is an affiliate of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense where he studies issues of food safety and recalls. He is Co-PI on the National Science Foundation Grant Multi-Agency Jurisdictional Organized Response, a project involving crisis coordination in complex social-technical systems. Seeger also works with the National Center for Border Security and Immigration.
His work on crisis, risk and communication has appeared in over 100 journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings. Seeger is the author or co-author of six books on crisis and risk communication.
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Read Dean Seeger's December 2011 Q&A profile of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts.
Selected book publications:
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.
Ulmer, R.R., Sellnow, T. L., & M. W. Seeger (2006). Effective crisis communication. Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA.
Seeger, M. W, Sellnow, T. L, & Ulmer, R. R. (2003). Organizational communication and crisis. Prager: Westport, CT.
Seeger, M. W, (1997). Organizational communication ethics: Decisions and dilemmas. Series on Communication and Social Organization. Hampton Press: Cresskill, NJ.
Selected journal publications:
Seeger, M. W., & Novak, J. M. (2010). Modeling the Recall and Warning Process in the Foodborne Contamination Event: Perspectives from Disaster Warnings and Crisis Communication. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 28, 1, 115-145.
Seeger, M.W., & Griffin Padgett, D.R. (2010). From image restoration to renewal: Approaches to understanding post-crisis communication.Review of Communication. 10, 2, 127-141.
Seeger, M. W., (2009). Does communication research make a difference? Reconsidering the impact of our work. Communication Monographs, 76, 1, 12-19.
Spence, P.R., Lachlan, K., McIntyre, J. J., & Seeger, M. W. (2009) Serving the Public Interest in a Crisis: Radio and Its Unique Role. Journal of Radio Studies, 16, 2 1-16.
Veil, S., Reynolds, B., Sellnow, T. L., & Seeger, M. W. (2008). CERC as a theoretical framework for research and practice. Health Promotion Practice 9, 4, 26S-34S.
Ulmer, R. R., Seeger, M. W., & Sellnow, T. L. (2007). Post-crisis communication and renewal: Expanding the parameters of post-crisis communication. Public Relations Review, 33, 130-134.
Spence, P.R.. Lachlan, K., Burke, J. M. & Seeger, M. W. (2007). Media use and Informational Needs of the Disabled During a Natural Disaster. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 18, 394-404.
Crisis links of interest:
Crisis Communication Scholars Blog
Emergency Maganement Laboratory
Disaster Research Center
Federal Emergency Management Administration
Erik Auf der Heide’s book Disaster Response: Principles of Preparation and Coordination
National Center for Food Protection and Defense
Center for Communication, Health and Risk, University of Maryland
Institute for Information Technology and Culture, Wayne State University
Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado, Boulder
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Pandemic Preparedness Communication Guidance
Ethics links of interest:
Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association
Poynter Center for Journalism Ethics
November 20, 2014
Dean Seeger was inducted into PRSA Detroit Chapter's Hall of Fame:
April 15, 2011
Dean Seeger delivered the welcome at the beginning of Wayne State University's celebration of the inauguration of its 11th president, Allan Gilmour:
Primary Research Interest
crisis and risk communication, crisis response and agency coordination, health communication, the role of media in crisis, crisis and communication ethics, failure of complex systems and post-crisis renewal