The Author

Crystal Rae Coel (pronounced like Noel but with a “C”), M.A., J.D., (Esquire), is the Director of Speech and Debate in the Organizational Communication Department within the College of Business. She has been at Murray State University for over fifteen years. She also enjoys serving as the Head of Elizabeth College. It is one of the eight residential colleges, with each one having over 1200 students, staff, and faculty members. She is Murray State’s first African-American College Head. She is an independent contractor for the Talent Trek Agency as a Voice Over Artist. In addition, she was recently appointed by the Governor of Kentucky to serve as a member of the Public Advocacy Commission.

Dr. Coel has appeared in Who’s Who in Education and Who’s Who in American Law. Her expertise is in public address, debate, mediation, broadcast performance, team communication, and leadership. She’s an active and licensed Pennsylvania attorney, a certified mediator, motivational speaker and corporate consultant. Her clients have included but are not limited to the National Weather Service, Kroger subsidiaries KenLake Foods, Inc. and Delight Products, Inc. and The American Baptist Extension Corporation. She recently traveled to Taipei, Taiwan where she conducted a three-day workshop/seminar for the Intel-NTU Connected Context Computing Center at National Taiwan University.

Coel is from suburban Philadelphia, PA (Haverford Township). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media and Journalism from Hampton University in Virginia, her Master of Arts in Communications with an emphasis in public address from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Southern University Law Center. She has taught in London, England; Dublin, Ireland; and at the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, the University of Louisiana at Monroe and the Community College of Philadelphia. She is a member of many academic honor societies and professional communication and legal organizations. Over the past 20 years, she has received numerous awards for forensics and teaching excellence. She has been a contributing writer/consultant for textbooks and her article Campaign 2008: The Legal and Ethical Considerations of Rhetorical Posturing and Media Strategies appears in the Kentucky Journal of Communication. She loves God as the Trinity, her family members, her friends and her students!