Pete Bsumek is an associate professor in the School of Communication Studies. He is director of the MA program in Communication and Advocacy and coordinator of the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies minor.
Dr. Bsumek earned a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Utah, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Pittsburgh. His research and teaching focus on rhetoric and the processes of advocacy and decision-making in social change, with a specific emphasis in environmental communication. He is currently working on a collaborative project investigating public controversies surrounding coal. Prior research focused on the rhetoric of the wilderness movement, processes of debate and deliberation, and greening the public relations curriculum. He is also currently serving on a grant funded research team investigating means for reducing greenhouse gases through low cost energy management and community based social marketing in university residence halls.