DepartmentDepartment of Communication Studies
Biola AffiliationsEmployee, Faculty



  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • B.A., Eastern Michigan University


While teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Muehlhoff received his department's highest award for teaching and has been recognized by the International Communication Association for outstanding teaching. In his M.A. thesis Dr. Muehlhoff developed a method of encouraging civil dialogue and perspective-taking between groups who perceive themselves as morally opposed with no room for, or interest in, connection. Extending his thesis research, his dissertation focused on a performative approach to enriching marital communication. His research interests also include social justice, gender, family communication, interpersonal communication, and persuasion. Outside the classroom Dr. Muehlhoff and wife Noreen are frequent speakers at marriage conferences and seminars. His current project involves understanding the narratives of oppressed women in rural parts of New Delhi, India.



  • Muehlhoff, T. M. & Langer, R. Christian Counterpublics in the Argument Culture. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Academic. (accepted for publication).
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. (2014) I Beg to Differ: Navigating Difficult Conversations with Truth and Love. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. (2010). Marriage Forecasting: Changing the Climate of Your Relationship One Conversation at a Time. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
  • Muehlhoff, T. M & Lewis, T. (2010). Authentic Communication: Christian Speech Engaging Culture. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Academic Press.
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. & Moreland, J. P. (2007). The God Conversation: Using Stories and Illustrations to Explain Your Faith. Downers Grove, IL: InterVaristy Press.


  • Muehlhoff, T.M. (2014). In the World: Self-disclosure as Cultural Apologetics. In Paul Gould, (Ed.). Loving God with your Mind: Essays in Honor of J.P. Moreland. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. (2014). Head Coverings, Jihad, and Fantasy Football: Moving Beyond the Stereotype. In Dawn O. Braithwaite & Julia T. Wood (Eds.). Casing Interpersonal Communication: Case Studies in Personal and Social Relationships. Belmont, 2nd ed., CA: Wadsworth.
  • Muehlhoff, T.M., Dehnam, J.P. & Honeycutt, J.M. (2013). Diverse Spirituality in the Family. In James Honeycutt, (Ed.). Diversity in Family Communication. San Diego, CA: University Readers.
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. (2005). He Started it! Everyday Communication in Parenting. In J. T. Wood & S. Duck (Eds.). Composing Relationships: Communication in Everyday Life. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thompson.

Electronic Productions

  • Muehlhoff, T.M, (2010). Art of Marriage DVD series (Session 5: Marital Conflict).
  • Muehlhoff, T.M., Moreland, J.P., Koukl, G. (2009). Tactics and Persuasion [3 Volume CD Series]
  • Muehlhoff, T.M., Hazen, C., & Reynolds, J.M. (2008). The Certainty of Christian Belief in an Age of Unbelief [CD].
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. (2005). Ethics in Communication [CD-ROM]. In J. T. Wood, Interpersonal Communication: Everyday Encounters. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Journal Articles

  • Muehlhoff, T. M. (2004). Faith and Scholarship: Areas of Overlap. Journal of Communication and Religion, 27 (1), 53-57.
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. & Wood, J. T. (2002). Speaking of Marital Communication: The Marriage between Theory and Practice.Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 19 (5), 613-619

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal communication
  • persuasion
  • cultural analysis
  • rhetoric
  • hate speech
  • social justice
  • marital communication
  • gender
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