Dr. Todd is Outstanding!

Please congratulate Dr. Anne Marie Todd, this year’s recipient of the university’s outstanding professor award!
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From her nomination letter:  “Let me emphasize that Dr. Todd’s contributions are not simply a matter of adding up the number of SOTE scores, faculty workshops, student advising activities, etc., as impressive as those numbers might be. There is a quality dimension to Dr. Todd’s work that puts her in a special category. First, Dr. Todd is an excellent communicator, one who is sophisticated in developing collaborative processes and productive work relationships with faculty, students, and community members. Second, she has a strong work ethic; you can always count on her to step up, follow through and ultimately get things done. And on top of all that, she is a wonderful person: ethical, generous, and caring with just the right blend of humor and seriousness. It is clear to me that her colleagues and students have great admiration and respect for her. I know I certainly do.”
Dr. Todd will be honored at the Faculty Service Recognition and Awards Luncheon on March 11th; for more information: 
Congratulations Dr. Todd!


Dr. Todd Publishes New Book

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Todd on the publication of her new book, Communicating Environmental Patriotism: A Rhetorical History of the American Environmental Movement (Routledge, July 2013).


This book is the first to explore the history of environmental patriotism, the belief that the national environment defines a country’s greatness. This significant strand in twentieth century American environmentalism is told through the intriguing stories of environmental patriots and the rhetoric of their speeches and propaganda.  Dr. Todd addresses particular cases, including the See America First movement, Gifford Pinchot and President Theodore Roosevelt’s White House Conservation Conference, Pittsburgh’s smoke investigation condemning the effects of coal smoke on the city’s environment, and, during World War II, the massive propaganda effort mobilizing millions of Americans to plant victory gardens and save resources for the war abroad.

After World War II, national discourse shifted to a consumer patriotism that is at the root of current American apathy toward environmental issues. The book critiques contemporary environmentalists’ communication strategies and suggests a rhetorical framework to advocate for civic engagement and national action to address global environmental challenges.  You can find more information about the book on the publisher website:  http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415828093/.

Dr. Todd will be speaking about her book on campus later this fall semester; stay tuned for announcements.