Dr. Steven J. Venette


Dr. Steven J. Venette

Associate Professor





Ph.D., North Dakota State University, Speech Communication

M.A., North Dakota State University, Speech Communication

B.A., North Dakota State University, Speech Communication




CMS 310 – Research Methods

CMS 330 – Small Group Communication

CMS 440 – Health Communication

CMS 445 – Crisis Communication

CMS 760 – Risk & Crisis Communication



Interests include risk and crisis communication, organizational communication, and argumentation.

Recent projects include work for the Department of Homeland Security's National Center for Food

Protection and Defense, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USDA Plant Protection and

Quarantine, and USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service.


Selected Publications

Sellnow, T. L., Sellnow, D. D., & Venette, S. J. (2012). The ethical imperative of significant choice: Addressing learning styles in crisis messages. In S. A. Groom, J. M. H. Fritz & C. E. Mattson (Eds.), Communication ethics and crisis: Negotiating differences in public and private spheres. Plymouth, U.K.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.


Ramsey, M. C., Venette, S. J., & Rabalais, N. (2011). The perceived paranormal and source credibility: The effects of narrative suggestions on paranormal belief. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 19(2), 79-96.


Kahl, D. & Venette, S. J. (2010). To lecture or let go: A comparative analysis of student speech outlines from teacher-centered and learner-centered classrooms. Communication Teacher, 24(3), 178-186.


Venette, S., Sellnow, D., & McIntyre, K. (2009). Charting new territory: Assessing the online frontier of student ratings of instruction. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 35(1), 97-111.


Venette, S. (2008). Risk as an Inherent Element in the Study of Crisis Communication. Southern Communication Journal, 73(3), 197-210