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Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski

Chair and Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Coordinator of Leadership Studies Minor
Coordinator of CMST Capstone

Dr. Elesha L. RuminskiPh.D., Rhetoric, Duquesne University
M.A., English, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
B.A., English Writing, University of Pittsburgh

315 Performing Arts Center

Dr. Ruminski examines strategies of organizational change and the ethics of organizational communication. She has researched the organizing rhetoric used by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to organize female members and co-edited a collection, Communicative Understandings of Women's Leadership Development: From Ceilings of Glass to Labyrinth Paths, which focuses on women's leadership development in educational, organizational, and political contexts (Lexington Books, 2012). She has developed courses on women's leadership, conflict management, and intercultural communication.

Dr. Ruminski serves as a steering committee member of the Presidential Task Force on Leadership at Frostburg State University (FSU) and as a Council of University System Faculty (CUSF) representative for FSU within the University System of Maryland. She is project manager of the Sustaining Campus and Community Dialogue Series (, a multi-year project supported by FSU, the Maryland Judiciary's Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office, and Mountainside Community Mediation Center (MCMC) that aims to support town-gown partnerships and foster a civil, non-violent culture in Frostburg.

Additionally, she serves as second vice chair of National States Advisory Council (NSAC) She is a past president of the Maryland Communication Association (MCA) and the Board of Directors of MCMC. In 2012, Ruminski was named "Administrator of the Year" by NSAC for her leadership with MCA, and in 2013, she received the FSU Faculty Achievement Award for Campus and Community Service.

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