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Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski

Associate Professor, Department of Communication
Coordinator, Leadership Studies

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

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Dr. Ruminski examines strategies of organizational leadership and cross-cultural 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 leadership, conflict management, and intercultural communication. In these courses, she integrates learning about alternative dispute resolution, gender communication, and public speaking skills.

Dr. Ruminski was 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), which aimed to support town-gown partnerships and foster a civil, non-violent culture in Frostburg. Her Fall 2015 sabbatical will focus on research based on this project.

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 the National States Advisory Council, and in 2013, she received the FSU Faculty Achievement Award for Campus and Community Service. In 2015, she was a member of Leadership Allegany!, a leadership networking experience in Allegany County, Maryland.

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