Aaron Phillips

Associate Professor (Lecturer)

Department of Management

Career Line, Faculty

Aaron T. Phillips is an Associate Professor-Lecturer in the Management department. He teaches Foundations of Business Thought (BUS 1050), Business & Professional Communication (MGT 3810), and Advanced Professional Communication (BUS 4810). Prior to coming to the David Eccles School of Business, he taught in the field of Writing and Rhetoric Studies, working with students in first-year writing classes, creative nonfiction, environmental writing, and a range of other courses. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and a Ph.D. in Communication. His dissertation research examined the communication problems associated with the reintroduction of the gray wolf into the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Professor Philllips’s research interests span the areas of environmental communication and resource management, particularly the communication of risk/reward and practitioner behavior. He is currently developing a course on environmental sustainability in organizations. His teaching philosophy centers on cultivating respect in learning communities, disrupting calcified (un)learning habits, and ensuring higher education’s relevance in communities and organizations.

Professor Phillips’s research on wild horse advocacy has recently appeared in the journal American Journalism. His research on gray wolf management in the Intermountain West and on the curation of natural history has appeared in the journal Environmental Communication, and he has an article forthcoming in a complication focusing on experiential learning. His future projects center on the communication of risk and reward in outdoor recreation.

In his leisure time, he enjoys competing in and coaching for cycling and cross-country skiing races, reading widely, and writing creative nonfiction.

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  • Phillips, A.T. (2015). Bordering Ecosystems: The Rhetorical Function of Characterization in Gray Wolf Management. Published online March 17, 2015; print publication forthcoming. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture. DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2015.1018837. Accepted, 12/09/2014.
  • Phillips, A.T. (2015) Eliding Extraction, Embracing Novelty: The Spatio-Temporal Configuration of Natural History. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 8(4), 452-467. DOI:10.1080/17524032.2014.919331. In press, 01/01/2015.
  • Phillips, A. T. (2012). Climate Change: Scepticism [sic] versus Objectivity? Science As Culture, 21(4), 607-610. DOI:10.1080/09505431.2012.706276. Published, 03/12/2012.
Honors & Awards

Doctoral Studies

One of 30 doctoral students nationwide selected for National Communication Association’s annual Doctoral Honors Seminar, Acadia National Park, ME, July 2013. Mentors: Steve Depoe, Laura Lindenfeld, Tema Milstein, Nathan Stormer. Theme: “Research Collaboration on Disciplinary Frontiers: Spanning Methodological Boundaries.”

Floyd O’Neil Scholarship in Western American Studies, University of Utah, 2012-2013

Master’s Studies

Teaching assistantship, Department of English, University of Utah, 1998-2000

Undergraduate Studies

Ruth Hinckley Wiles Scholarship, Department of English, University of Utah, 1996-1997

Kenneth Eble Scholarship, Department of English, University of Utah, 1995-1996

Tuition Waiver, Department of Meteorology, University of Utah, 1992-1993 and 1993-1994

Teaching Awards

Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Utah Writing Program, 2010-2011