Tina Coffelt


Office:253 Ross
527 Farm House Ln.
Ames IA


Courses I Often Teach

COM ST 203: Introduction to Research Methods
COM ST 102: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
ENGL 501: Introduction to Research in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication
ENGL 602: Research Methods in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication


Ph.D. Communication Studies, University of Missouri
M.B.A. Northwest Missouri State University
B.B.A. Management major, Florida International University

Research Areas

Sexual communication, family communication, interpersonal communication, business communication

About My Teaching

I like classrooms with momentum, energy, and interaction. Students practice active listening during lecture segments, discuss ideas in small groups, and consider others’ viewpoints during full class discussion. I draw on research findings and connect with personal experiences to illustrate concepts. Then, students are asked to think about and share their own experiences to solidify understanding of concepts. Assignments allow students to showcase their knowledge by integrating course concepts into their work.

How I came to Teach what I Teach

When I was 12, my dad asked me, “How would you like to get $1,000?” He had my attention. That question led me to my first public speaking competition. I spoke competitively for four more years, then switched to motivational and leadership speaking in high school organizations. These early experiences with public speaking, presenting, training, and interviewing launched me into undergraduate studies in business management. It was not until a friend said to me, “Did you know you talk about relationships all the time?” that I realized how fascinating interpersonal relationships are to me—family member, friend or intimate partner. That was also the day I switched from studying communication in organizations to interpersonal communication. I remain interested in public speaking and business, however my primary interests are in family, friend, and romantic relationships.

Recent Publications

Rafferty, K., & Coffelt, T. A. (accepted June 2020). Understanding criteria that predict private health information disclosures between emerging adults and their parents. Western Journal of Communication.

Lentz, P., Coffelt, T. A., Cardon, P., Cresap, L., Nelson, A., Remley, D. (online release August 31, 2020). A report on the academic environment in business and professional communication. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1177/2F2329490620949862

Coffelt, T. A., & Smith, F. L. M. (online release August 4, 2020). Outliers: Exemplary and Unacceptable Workplace Communication Skills. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1177/2F2329490620946425

Coffelt, T. A., Ritland, R., & LeFebvre, L. (online release September 26, 2019). Revealing and receiving sexual health information. Health Communication. doi:10.1080/10410236.2019.1669128

Coffelt, T. A., Grauman, D., & Smith, F. L. M. (2019). Employers’ perspectives on workplace communication skills. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 82, 418-439. doi:10.1177/2329490619851119

Coffelt, T. A.(2018). Sexual goals, plans, and actions: Toward a sexual script emerging adults use to delay or abstain from sexual intercourse. Western Journal of Communication, 84, 416-438. doi:10.1080/10570314.2017.1400095

Coffelt, T. A. (2018). A paragon of family ritual: The Zimmerman family reunion. Communication Studies, 69, 161-179. doi:10.1080/10510974.2018.1425215

Current Research

Coffelt, T. A.(Ed.). Interpersonal sexual communication across the lifespan. New York, NY: Under contract with Peter Lang Publishing.

Coffelt, T. A.. Making the right hire: Advertising and evaluating communication skills. Invited contribution to SAGE Business Cases.

Coffelt, T. A., Vance, B., & Cosgrove, S. Reassessing workplace communication skills.


Coffelt, T. A., & Koziel, J. (Accepted July 2020). Enhancing the reputation of research in Uzbekistan through Professional Development. UniCEN, American Councils. Funded, $40,000.

Coffelt, T. A., (Accepted February 2020). C. R. Anderson Research Award. Association for Business Communication. Funded, $4,900.

Coffelt, T. A., (Accepted August 2019). Fulbright Scholar Teaching Award in Uzbekistan. United States Department of State. Award, $35,000.

Outside of the University

I travel, sew, follow college football and basketball, and read.