Carissa Hoelscher

Carissa Hoelscher

Assistant Professor

Academic Interests

I am interested primarily in organizational and small group communication contexts. Specifically, my work focuses on the use of tension-centered inquiry to investigate co-presence in non-traditional organizations, interorganizational collaboration, and collective organizational change. A secondary academic interest includes theory-based work in international and intercultural communication contexts.

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

  • Hoelscher, C. S., Kramer, M. W., Nguyen, C., Cooper, O. D. & Day, E. A. (2016). Decision making and communication in a statewide interagency task force: An investigation of planned versus utilized processes. Management Communication Quarterly. doi: 10.1177/0893318916661762
  • Zanin, A. C., Hoelscher, C. S., & Kramer, M. W. (2016). Fantasy themes and shared identity: A symbolic convergence perspective of a voluntary team’s culture. Small Group Research, 47, 438-472. doi: 10.1177/1046496416658554
  • Cionea, I. A., Hoelscher, C. S., & Iles, I. A. (2016). Arguing goals: An initial assessment of a new measurement instrument. Communication Reports. doi: 10.1080/08934215.2016.1184695
  • Hoelscher, C. S., Zanin, A. C., & Kramer, M.W. (2016). Identifying with Values: Examining Organizational Culture in Farmers Markets. Western Journal of Communication, 80, 481-501. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2016.1163613

Previous Experience

I earned my PhD in Communication from the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, I taught a variety of undergraduate communication courses in the Department of Communication and served as the Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Center for Teaching Excellence. Prior to earning my PhD, I also taught communication courses at West Texas A&M University.


Hereford, TX


  • Reading
  • Traveling
  • Watching and playing sports
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Enjoying great cups of coffee

Future Goals and Aspirations

In my new role at Missouri State, I look forward to continuing my research line, particularly in the area of interorganizational collaboration and collective change. My hope is to partner with various organizations and collaborative efforts in the Springfield area to advance research in this area of interest while simultaneously engaging in the community and doing my part to advance the public affairs mission of our university. I also aspire to continue my journey of becoming a more effective and engaging educator in the classroom and I look forward to becoming an active member of the Missouri State community in a variety of service roles.

Life Outside of the University

My husband of 8 years is Dr. Seth Hoelscher (Assistant Professor in the Department of Finance and General Business). Outside of our university life, we thoroughly enjoy exploring Springfield and the surrounding area. We look forward to getting more involved in our new communities and becoming Missourians!

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