James T. Spartz
Assistant Professor of Environmental Communications/ Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities
James teaches several core courses in the Environmental Writing and Media Studies major including New Media, Environmental Communication, and a Technical Writing course focused on science writing for lay audiences. His research interests include environmental communications using new and traditional media, public opinion formation around environmental issues, and the role of place in environmental advocacy.
James is a graduate of the Mass Communication Ph.D. program of the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Department of Life Sciences Communication. Having experience in communications research, theory, and practice, James expanded his interests in the communicative aspects of human dimensions of natural resources through his dissertation project titled “Public perceptions on bioenergy in a mixed-use landscape: Framing effects, trusted sources, place attachment and information-seeking in southwest Wisconsin.”
Having taught introductory communications and introduction to science writing while a graduate student at UW-Madison, James also served as a Public Affairs Specialist for five years at the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory, the national R&D lab of the U.S. Forest Service. In that role, he worked as a science writer, press liaison, and social media pro. He holds an M.A. from the School of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin - Madison, and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.