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Communications Officer: Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) National Communications Office


Open August 26th, 2015 through September 28th, 2015



The National Science Foundation's LTER Program was established in 1980 to study ecological processes operating on decadal-to-century time scales. The program now includes a network of 25 diverse sites and engages thousands of researchers and students. The mission of the newly created LTER National Communications Office (LNCO) is to foster and coordinate research, education, and outreach activities across the LTER Network. The LNCO Chief Communications Officer will lead LNCO communications activities to enhance awareness and understanding of LTER research and applications both within the LTER community and across diverse constituencies and stakeholders. 

Job Description:

This individual will have lead responsibility for developing and coordinating communications across the LTER network, will serve as the point of contact between the LNCO and LTER community, supervise communications and outreach staff and interns, and work with the LNCO Director and other team members to ensure that all communication functions of the LNCO are operating efficiently and effectively. Key audiences for communications and synthesis efforts include: LTER network of scientists, NSF funding officers and LTER governance, the scientific community at large, and the public.

WSCA Deadline Approaching- Submit to the Environmental Communication Interest Group by 9/1

The Environmental Communication Interest Group of Western States Communication Association (San Diego, CA Feb 27-March 2, 2015) is calling for competitive papers and program proposals. Submissions that relate to the conference theme, “Collaboration, Innovation, and Convergence” are encouraged. This theme provides participants an opportunity to emphasize the communicative aspects of community involvement, new ways to solve environmental issues, and relationships among humans and the natural world that promote healthy environments and sustainable systems without losing sight of the associated constraints and challenges. Papers are to be emailed to Maria Blevins at by September 1, 2015.
Competitive Papers may utilize any accepted theoretical framework, methodology, form of critique, or extend the discipline’s understanding through literature reviews, theoretical articulations, and other forms of critical engagement. Student-authored papers are especially encouraged. Papers should not have been presented previously at a conference, be accepted for or published at the time of submission, or submitted to another interest group.

Using IECA Student Membership as a Classroom Tool: The Experiment Begins

Fellow IECA members:  Greetings from Cincinnati.  Tomorrow, I will begin teaching my Fall Semester undergraduate course in Environmental Communication (a 4000-level or senior-level course that is dual-listed in Environmental Studies) at the University of Cincinnati.  I will have around 50 students enrolled in the two courses combined.

I am requiring students enrolled in the class to join IECA as student members (cost of $60) as part of the class.  This amount is at or below cost of most textbooks.  I am also requiring purchase of Cox & Pezzullo's ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE, 4th Ed. (2016), one of a number of good textbooks out there.

Why am I requiring student membership in IECA?  I think membership will provide students with lots of value (journal subscription, EC list, database, access to member list, access to COCE proceedings and videos, etc.).  I am also presenting the IECA membership as important to an understanding of what it takes to become an environmental communication professional, whether in academia, the governmental or non-profit sectors, or even in corporate life.


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