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Associate Professor, Department of Communication
Coordinator, Leadership Studies
Ph.D., Rhetoric, Duquesne University
M.A., English, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
B.A., English Writing, University of Pittsburgh
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Dr. Ruminski researches, teaches, and facilitates strategies of communication leadership within organizations and communities. She has examined the gendered organizing rhetoric used by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters as well as the rhetorically constructed identity created by the community slogan, "Frostburg--It's Just Cooler Here." In addition to authoring chapters and encyclopedia entries on a range of communication topics, she is co-editor of a collection on women's leadership development in educational, organizational, and political contexts, Communicative Understandings of Women's Leadership Development: From Ceilings of Glass to Labyrinth Paths (Lexington Books, 2012). Courses she has developed at FSU include Leadership for Men and Women, Conflict Management, and Intercultural Communication. In these courses, she integrates theoretical and experiential learning about standpoint differences, civility, and professional communication.
In 2012, Ruminski was named "Administrator of the Year" by the National States Advisory Council, and in 2013, she received the FSU Faculty Achievement Award for Campus and Community Service. From 2012-2014, Ruminski served as the project manager of the Sustaining Campus and Community Dialogue Series (www.frostburgdialogue.org), a project supported by FSU and the Maryland Judiciary's Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office to foster town-gown partnerships and a non-violent culture in Frostburg. In 2015, she was a member of LeadershipAllegany!, a leadership networking experience in Allegany County, Maryland. Currently she is participating in a Kettering Foundation learning exchange to support the development of FSU's Communication Leadership Lab, a virtual hub for partnership building, internships, and community projects that support communication leadership in the region.