W. Timothy Coombs
- Areas of Speciality
- Communication & Media Science
- Organizational Communication
- BLTN 309B
- Professional Links
Dr. Coombs’s primary research area is in crisis communication. He has been developing and testing the Situational Crisis Communication Theory (SCCT). SCCT provides theory ground and empirically tested strategic advice for the selection of crisis response strategies.
Situational Crisis Communication Theory
Social Media and Crisis Communication
Sports Crisis Communication
Timothy Coombs (PhD from Purdue University in Public Affairs and Issues Management) is a full professor in Department of Communication at Texas A&M University. He has received the 2002 recipient of Jackson, Jackson & Wagner Behavioral Science Prize from the Public Relations Society of America, the 2013 Pathfinder Award from the Institute of Public Relations in recognition of his research contributions to the field and to the practice, and was the 2014 winner of the Dean’s Distinguished Researcher Award in the College of Sciences at UCF. Dr. Coombs has won multiple PRIDE awards from the Public Relations Division of the National Communication Association for both books and research articles. He is also a member of the Arthur W. Page Society. Dr. Coombs was a Fulbright Scholar in Estonia in the Spring of 2013. In the Fall of 2013 he was the named NEMO Professor at Lund University, Helsingborg Campus. In 2015 he was invited to lecture at Tsinghua University, Beijing China. In 2015 he was designated an honorary professor in the Department of Business Communication at Aarhus University. He is also the current editor for Corporation Communication: An International Journal. He currently holds the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Professorship in Liberal Arts.
Seminars in Crisis Communication and Issues Management
- Coombs, W. T., & Tachkova, E. R. (2019). Scansis as a unique crisis type: theoretical and practical implications. Journal of Communication Management, 23(1), 72-88.
- Claeys, A. S., & Coombs, W. T. (2019). Organizational Crisis Communication: Suboptimal Crisis Response Selection Decisions and Behavioral Economics. Communication Theory.
- Coombs, T., & Holladay, S. (2015). CSR as crisis risk: expanding how we conceptualize the relationship. Corporate Communications: An International Journal, 20(2), 144-162.
- Coombs, W.T. & Holladay, S.J. (2012). The paracrisis: The challenges created by publicity managing crisis prevention. Public Relations Review, 38(3), 408-415.
- Coombs, W.T. (2007). Protecting Organization Reputations During a Crisis: The Development and Application of Situational Crisis Communication Theory. Corporate Reputation Review, 10(3), 163-177.
- Coombs, W.T., & Holladay, S.J. (1996). Communication and Attributions in a Crisis: An Experimental Study in Crisis Communication. Journal of Public Relations Research, 8, 279-295.
- Coombs, W.T. (1995). Choosing the right words: The development of Guidelines for the Selection of appropriate” crisis response strategies. Management Communication Quarterly, 8, 447-476.