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W. Timothy Coombs

Faculty member W. Timothy Coombs
George T. and Gladys H. Abell Professorship in Liberal Arts
Areas of Speciality
  • Communication & Media Science
  • Organizational Communication
  • BLTN 309B
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Wordpress-iconTwitter IconDr. 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.

Courses Taught

Seminars in Crisis Communication and Issues Management

Representative Publications