Dr. Julie Kalil Schutten
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Critical Rhetoric, Environmental Communication,
School of Communication, Room 309
Research and teaching interests
My research focuses on the intersections between
environmental communication, new social movements and gender/feminist studies.
In recent research projects I have been exploring the tensions experienced by
social movements comprised of hidden populations. The Neo-Pagan movement
(specifically contemporary witches) is an illustrative case that I use to
explore these tensions.
Beyond theorizing new social movements with hidden
populations, the study of Neo-Paganism has implications for the environmental
movement. Neo-Paganism intersects within the discourses of spiritual ecofeminism
(a blending of the ecology/environmental movement and feminist movement) and
environmental communication as it works to illustrate the cyclical connections
between humans and other-than-humans, thereby encouraging environmental
As a teacher I strongly believe that dialogue leads to
awareness and awareness leads to pro-active change by members of society. I am
interested in promoting critical reflection, not regurgitation. By allowing a
multitude of voices to be heard in the classroom, diversity and learning are
COM 200 Communication Theory
CST 111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
CST 312 Interviewing
CST 321 Nonverbal Communication
CST 351 Interpersonal Communication
CST 365 Communication in Contemporary Affairs
CST 370 Rhetorics of Nature and Environmentalism
CST 424 Gender and Communication
CST 498C Senior Seminar
CST 503 Communication in Instruction
Representative research and creative activity
Schutten, J.K. (2010). Environmental sustainability:
Witnessing, embodiment and the grotesque. Journal of Advanced Composition (in
Endres, D., Callister, D.C., Garrison, A., Senda-Cook, S.,
& Schutten, J.K. (2009). Step what up? Rhetorical framing and dialectical
tensions in Salt Lake City's Step It Up events. In D. Endres, L. Sprain, and
T.R. Peterson (Eds.) Social movement to address climate change: Local steps for
global action (pp. 117-146). Amherst, NY: Cambria Press.
Sprain, L., Peterson, N., Vickery, M., & Schutten, J.K.
(2009). Environmentalism 2.0: New Forms of social activism. In D. Endres, L.
Sprain, and T.R. Peterson (Eds.) Social movement to address climate change:
Local steps for global action (pp. 117-146). Amherst, NY: Cambria Press.
Schutten, J. K. (2008). Chewing on the Grizzly Man: Getting
to the meat of the matter. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and
Culture, 2, 193-211.
Schutten, J. K. (2008). Coming out of the coven:
Contemporary witches, hidden populations, and new social movements.
Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.
Schutten, J. K. (2007). Environment /human dialogics: Toward
a queering of nature. In L.S. Volkening, D. Wolfe, E. Plec, W. Griswold &
K. DeLuca (Eds.). Proceedings of the 8th
biennial conference on communication and the environment: Wilderness, advocacy,
& the media (pp. 116-127). Athens, GA: Department of Speech Communication,
University of Georgia.
Schutten, J. K. (2006). Invoking Practical Magic: New social
movements, hidden populations and the public screen. Western Journal of
Communication, 4, 331-354.
Rogers, R. A. & Schutten, J. K. (2004). The gender of
water and the pleasure of alienation: A critical analysis of visiting Hoover
Dam. The Communication Review, 7, 259-283.
Links of interest
Ecofeminist activist, Starhawk’s “Tangled Web”
Environmental Communication Network
“Our Actions Will Define Us”
Step it Up! Reduce Carbon Emissions 80% by 2050
PhD, University of Utah, 2007
MA, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1999
BA, Northern Arizona University, 1997