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Michelle Riedlinger

Michelle Riedlinger

Associate Professor

Communications

Abbotsford campus, D220

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 4866

email Michelle

Role

Courses taught:

  • CMNS 125 - Introduction to Workplace Communications
  • CMNS 180 – Introduction to Intercultural Communications
  • CMNS 251 - Professional Report Writing
  • GEOG/CMNS 257 – Environmental Science and Communications
  • CMNS 235 - Oral Communications
  • CMNS 325 – Writing for the Sciences and Technologies
  • CMNS 360 – Advocacy Writing
  • CMNS 375 – Understanding Design for Print Publications
  • CMNS 420 – Virtual Team Communications
  • CMNS 465 – Grant and Proposal Writing
  • CMNS 480 – Crisis Communications
  • CMNS 490 – Directed Studies in Communications

Biography

Michelle Riedlinger is an Associate Professor in the Communications Department at the University of the Fraser Valley. Her career spans the practical and research sides of communication. Michelle has devoted most of her career to supporting researchers and students to improve their communication skills within and outside of universities. Before joining UFV, she worked as a Senior Consultant (researcher, writer and communications workshop facilitator) for Econnect Communication, a science and environmental communication consultancy based in Brisbane, Australia.

Michelle has facilitated over one hundred workshops in media skills, presentation skills, professional writing, communications planning, and poster design for researchers. Her professional communication experience developed her interest in public participation in science in non-traditional settings, street science, and open-science projects. Her research focuses on the communication of community-led research activities in health risk assessment and environmental protection.

Michelle draws on her experiences as a communication practitioner and researcher to investigate the boundary work of science communicators and advocates in these challenging spaces. She is particularly interested in how research institutions might more effectively engage with advocates and advocacy organizations as boundary spanners, to address urgent needs for social transformation. 

Education

  • PhD; Communication (The University of Queensland, 2005)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours Class I);  Communication and Media Studies (The University of Queensland, 1997)
  • Diploma; Life Sciences (Queensland University of Technology, 1989)

Memberships

UFV Committees:

  • Human Research Ethics Board Chair
  • Communication Department Marketing Committee Member

Other:

  • Science Writers and Communicators of Canada (SWCC)
  • Secretary for the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Global Network

Teaching Interests

  • Science communication

  • Advocacy
  • Academic writing
  • Genre studies
  • Grant writing
  • Risk and crisis communication

Research Interests

Current projects:

  • Social representations of science at the commission hearings into the decline of sockeye salmon in British Columbia, Canada
  • Self-positioning in the scholarly writing of BC First Nations scholars and the implications for pedagogy
  • Producing loveable monsters: Assessing challenges and opportunities in interdisciplinary scholarship
  • Social worker attitudes to language and client recordings

Presentations

Riedlinger, M. Schiele, A. & Barata, G. (2018). Mapping the science writing and communication landscape in Canada. Science and You Conference, Beijing, China, 13-17 September, 2018.

 

Riedlinger, M., Barata, G., & Schiele, A., (2018). Who are the science communicators and writers of Canada? Canadian Communication Association (CCA) Annual Conference. University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan. 30 May – 1 June, 2018.

 

Riedlinger, M., & Barata, G. (2018). The role of professional science communication associations in supporting science communicators and legitimizing science communication practices. 16th Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference. Dunedin, New Zealand. 2-4 April 2018.

 

Riedlinger, M. & Moon, B. (2018). Science advocacy in Australia: A Twitter analysis of the March for Science. 16th Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference. Dunedin, New Zealand. 2-4 April 2018.

 

Mapili, M., Westhaver, L., Batt, S., Galliazzo, K., Riedlinger, M., & Prasad, R. (2017). Knowledge and attitudes towards bumblebee-friendly gardening: A survey of Fraser Valley residents and university students. Presentation at the World Environmental Education Conference (WEEC), Vancouver, Canada. 9-15 September, 2017.

 

Riedlinger, M. (2017). Representations of wildlife health in reporting from the public inquiry into wild salmon decline in British Columbia, Canada. Paper presented at the 2017 Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE), University of Leicester, UK. 29 June - 2 July, 2017.

 

Davis, L., Fähnrich, B., Nepote, A.C., Riedlinger, M., & Trench, B. (2017). Environmental communication and science communication—same only different?  Refereed practice reflection paper for the 2017 Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE), University of Leicester, UK. 29 June – 2 July, 2017, Retrieved from https://theieca.org/conference/coce-2017-leicester/papers/environmental-communication-and-science-communication-same

 

Makmillen, S., & Riedlinger, M. (2017). Rhetorics of identity and identification in Indigenous academic writing. Paper presented at the College Composition and Communication Conference (CCCC), Portland, USA. 14-18 March, 2017.

 

Riedlinger, M. (2016). Social representations of science at the commission hearings into the decline of Sockeye salmon in British Columbia, Canada: Relying on good science or indulging in speculation? Refereed conference paper for the 14th International Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST), Istanbul, Turkey. 26-28 April 2016. Retrieved from http://pcst.co/upl/proposals/PCST_Paper__242.pdf

 

Trench, B., Fahy, D., Irwin, A., & Riedlinger, M. (2016). Science criticism - what is it, and why do we need it? Refereed conference paper for the 14th International Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST), Istanbul, Turkey. 26-28 April 2016. Retrieved from http://pcst.co/upl/proposals/PCST_Paper__350.pdf

 

Riedlinger, M.E. & Rea, J. (2012). Constitutive contexts and discourse ecology: Communicating risk in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear incident. In Buchi, M (Ed.), Proceedings from the 12th International Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology: Quality, Honesty and Beauty in Science and Technology Communication (pp.34-38), Florence, Italy. Retrieved from http://www.pcst2012.org/

Publications

Riedlinger, M., Barata, G., & Schiele, B. (in press). The landscape of science communication in contemporary Canada: A focus on anglophone actors and networks. Cultures of Science, 2(1).

 

Riedlinger, M., Schiele, B. & Barata, G. (in press). Modern science communication in Canada and Quebec. In Broks, P., Gascoigne, T., Leach, J., Lewenstein, B.,  Massarani, L., Riedlinger, M., & Schiele, B. (Eds.). The emergence of modern science communication. Canberra: ANU Press.

 

Riedlinger, M. (2019). Linguistic representations of wild salmon health emerging from the Cohen Commission Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in British Columbia. Language and Ecology. Retrieved from http://ecolinguistics-association.org/journal/4563035324

 

Davis, L., Fähnrich, B., Nepote, A.C., Riedlinger, M., & Trench, B. (2018). Environmental communication and science communication—same only different? Environmental Communication, 12(4), 431-437. doi:  10.1080/17524032.2018.1436082

 

Riedlinger, M. (2018). Disrupting the political frame: Science-informed social movements. In Joelle le Marec et Bernard Schiele (Eds.), Cultures of science. Montréal: Association Francophone Pour le Savoir.

 

Riedlinger, M. (2017).  Movements sociaux, science et politique. In Joelle le Marec et Bernard Schiele (Eds.), Cultures de science. Montréal: Association Francophone Pour le Savoir.

 

Rea, J. & Riedlinger, M. (2016). Exigencies, ecologies and street science: Emergent counter public genres in the context of Fukushima radiation risk discourses on the Internet. In Reiff, M.J. and Bawarshi, A. (Eds.), Genre and the performance of publics. Utah: Utah State University Press.

 

Marlor, C., Riedlinger, M. and Penner, A. (2016). Producing Loveable Monsters: An initial analysis from the survey of ISHPSSB conference attendees’ interdisciplinary research activities. A report for the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB)

 

Riedlinger, M., & Rea, J. (2015). Discourse ecology and knowledge niches: Negotiating the risks of radiation in online Canadian forums, post-Fukushima. Science, Technology & Human Values, 40(2), 1-27. doi: 10.1177/0162243915571166.

 

Metcalfe, J., & Riedlinger, M. E. (2009). Identifying and testing engagement and public literacy indicators for river health. Science, Technology & Society, 14(2), 241-267.

 

Metcalfe, J., Riedlinger, M., & Pisarski, A. (2008). Situating science in the social context by cross-sectoral collaboration. In C. Donghong, M. Claessens, T. Gascoigne, J. Metcalfe, B. Schiele and S. Shi, S (Eds.), Communicating science in social contexts, new models, new practices (pp. 181-198). New York, NY: Springer.

 

Melcalfe, J., Riedlinger, M., &  McKenzie, M. (2007). Cross-sector collaboration for child and youth services. Testra Foundation Community Development Fund Topical Paper. Perth, WA: Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth. Retrieved from http://www.aracy.org.au/publications-resources/command/download_file/id/140/filename/Telstra_Foundation_Community_Development_Fund_-_Cross-sector_collaboration_for_child_and_youth_services.pdf

 

Metcalfe, J., Riedlinger, M., Pisarski, A., & Gardner, J. (2006). Collaborating across sectors, The relationships between the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) and science, technology, engineering and medicine (STEM) sectors. Occasional Paper 3. Canberra, ACT: Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Retrieved from http://www.chass.org.au/papers/PAP20061101EA.php

 

Riedlinger, M.E., Gallois, C., McKay, S., & Pittam, J. (2004). Impact of social group processes and functional diversity on communication in networked organizations. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 32(1), 55-79.

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